Lovely Adams Brothers designed house near Kelso. Possibly the finest Palladian mansion in Scotland.

Paxton House, completed in 1763, is a neo-Palladian masterpiece designed by the architect John Adam, assisted by James Adam, brothers of the perhaps more famous Robert Adam, who would later be commissioned to decorate part of the interior.

The house was extended in the early nineteenth century by the Edinburgh architect Robert Reid, who added a library and magnificent picture gallery.

The house sits on elevated ground overlooking the River Tweed, and is set amidst eighty acres of garden and parkland, a haven for birds and animals.

The interior of the house boasts original plasterwork, wallpapers and magnificent furniture by Chippendale and William Trotter, still in their original room settings. In addition, there are paintings by Reynolds, Raeburn, Naysmith and others, as well as pictures, books, costumes and antiques collected during the Grand Tour undertaken by Patrick Home.

The Picture Gallery also houses a collection of over seventy paintings dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which have been loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland. Visitors to the house will also have the opportunity to view the recently restored Georgian kitchen, where occasional cookery demonstrations are staged.

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Berwick upon Tweed Coldingham Duns Kelso
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