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Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era. A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive "downstairs" domestic quarters. It stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy. John Kinross the architect, when enquiring how large his budget was, was told that money was no object. It was built for Sir James Miller who married the Honourable Eveline Curzon, daughter of Lord Scarsdale, head of one of the oldest families in the country.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Thursdays and Sundays from 2.00pm to 5.00pm from mid-May until the end of September and on these days the Gardens are open until dusk.

Admission charges

House & Gardens:
Adult: £6.50
Child: £3.00

Gardens only:
Adults: £3.50
Children: £1.50

Additional info

Directions: Manderston is easily accessible by car from Edinburgh, Newcastle and the major border towns. It is located just outside the town of Duns from where it is sign-posted. It is 47 miles from Edinburgh and 12 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is sign-posted from the A1 road: Take the A6105 (signposted Foulden, Duns). We are 2 miles east of Duns. Once you reach our South Gates which are on the A6105 (and will be closed), please follow our arrows/signs which will lead you to the correct entrance.

Manderston, its buildings, park and gardens form an ensemble which is unique in Britain, Georgian in taste, but with all the elaborate planning for Edwardian convenience and comfort. Visitors will find much to enjoy including Britain's first privately-owned Biscuit Tin Museum.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Silver staircase
  • John Kinross

Duns, Berwickshire
Scottish Borders
TD11 3PP




01361 882636

01361 883450


01361 882010

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