Paxton House was built in 1758 to the design of John and James Adam. Today it boasts many fantastic attractions for a great family day out near Berwick-upon-Tweed in the Scottish Borders.
Paxton House was originally built for Patrick Home, Laird of Wedderburn and his intended bride, Sophie de Brandt, Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth Christina of Prussia. Unfortunately Sophie never came to Paxton but the house still stands in all its glory and welcomes visitors to come and discover the whole story.
This grand country house boasts a collection of Chippendale furniture and a fine collection of Regency furniture by William Trotter of Edinburgh. The largest picture gallery in a Scottish country house built by Robert Reid in 1814 houses over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland. Here you will see masterpieces by Raeburn, Wilkie and Lawrence alongside many works of local interest.
New to the house is the renovated children's nursery, a visual insight into a child's room of previous years with many games and toys from the Victorian and Regency era's.
Overlooking the beautiful River Tweed, Paxton House lies at the heart of 80 acres of riverside, woodland, parkland and gardens. Visitors can enjoy a variety of walks and trails, excellent wildlife viewing hides for red squirrels, woodland and riverside birds, a croquet lawn and 9-hole putting green, picnic areas, two adventure play parks and a host of children's house and grounds competitions, nature trails and activities.
With all this plus the Georgian Kitchen, Regency Gift Shop, Stables Restaurant, the fishing museum, and an ever changing event and exhibition programme, Paxton House is not just an historic country house but a fantastic day out for everyone - a family day out in the Scottish Borders that everyone will enjoy.