Berwick upon Tweed
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Built to the design of John Adam in 1758 for a dashing young Scottish laird, Patrick Home of Billie, Paxton House is perhaps the finest 18th century Palladian country house in Britain with 12 period rooms, interiors by Robert Adam and the pre-eminent collection of Chippendale furniture in Scotland. The magnificent picture Gallery, the largest in a Scottish Country House, exhibits over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland and the fully restored working Georgian kitchen is complete with active charcoal stoves and baking oven. Recent additions to Paxton House include the superbly restored Children's Nursery, a visual insight into a child’s room of previous years with an early Victorian cradle and Victorian doll, and the prestigious Rod Fishing Museum which tells the story of the oldest Fishing Club in the world, Ellem Ford and features equipment, interactive displays and full scale models showing traditional and contemporary costume.
Standing on on a ridge overlooking the majestic River Tweed, Paxton House also lies at the heart of 80 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens. Enjoy herbaceous borders and breathtaking riverside walks, try out our brilliant 9 hole putting green and croquet lawn or catch sight of red squirrels, otters and woodland and riverside birds in the excellent wildlife viewing hides.
With a liscensed tearoom and gift shop as well as a riverside net fishing museum, childrens nature trails, adventure playgrounds, picnic areas, exhibitions in the Hayloft Gallery and superb events throughout the year, Paxton House is a hidden gem not to be missed!
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Grounds open all year:
Tour of the House:
Every 45 mins from 1100
Last tour 1600
Shop and Tearoom:
1000 to 1700
House Tour, Gardens & Grounds:
Adults - £6.50
Children (aged 5-15) - £3.30 (under 5's free)
Family (2 adults & 2 or 3 children) - £17.50
Group - £5.50 per person
Gardens & Grounds only:
Adults - £3.00
Children (ages 5- 15)- £1.50
Family - £8.00
Built in 1758 to the design of John Adam and his younger brother James, Paxton is a beautifully proportioned piece of Georgian architecture and is the most perfect example in Scotland of the style known as neo-Palladianism, which combines the rational use of proportion with a clear inter-relationship of all parts of the design to the whole. By 1773, the Adam brothers were recognised as the leading designers of country houses in the kingdom and had caused something of a revolution in interior design. Accordingly, this neoclassical taste, borrowed by the Adams from Antiquity is reflected in the decorative style of a number of rooms in Paxton House.
Paxton House possesses the finest public collection of eighteenth and early nineteenth century Chippendale furniture in Scotland and displays this collection as well as that by William Trotter, in the rooms for which they were intended and in a setting which aims to recreate the appearance of the historical decorative schemes.
A magnificent room and the most spectacular space designed by Robert Reid, the Picture Gallery houses over 70 paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland with furniture supplied by Edinburgh cabinet makers, William Trotter and Son. All of this furniture is made of African rosewood, a smart new material whose dense, fine texture and long black markings appealed to Regency taste and largely replaced the flat red of mahogany in fashionable rooms.
In the former servery and butler's room, one of the most remarkable survivals in the history of costume is shown. This clothing, preserved at Paxton for 250 years, was worn by Patrick when he appeared as a Carthaginian knight at the Berlin Court Carousel in 1750 which was held to celebrate Fredrick the Great's achievements and is the only known garment to survive this spectacular tournament.
Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- The Adam Brothers of Edinburgh
- (John Adam and James Adam)
- Furniture by Chippendale, Haig & Co
- Furniture by Thomas Chippendale jnr
- Furniture by William Trotter of Edinburgh
- Robert Reid
- Sir Henry Raeburn
- Hugh Douglas Hamilton
- John Hoppner
- Rococo plasterwork by George Morrison, stuccioist
- Richard Gale
Costume: Up Close and Personal
- 16 May 2015
In the beautiful setting of Paxton House on the river Tweed, you'll be feeling dandy with this fine display of Georgian gentleman’s costume! These stunning original garments, with a genuine connection to the house, will inspire you with their elegance and quality and you might just be tickled by what the gun-toting gentleman around town was wearing! But we know it is too tempting to look and not touch, so we have a lovely big bundle of regency clothes you can delve into. Family selfie, here we come!
For our racy afternoon session, fashion is really stripped bare with this exposé of those most private of garments - underwear! How did ladies from the 19th century deal with a bustle when it came to sitting down? What was it like to wear the attractive but highly-impractical crinoline? Did self-respecting gentlemen really wear stays? This is fun look at fashion from another age.
Georgian costume display
Adults £4, Children free
Adults £6, Children £2