Astonishingly beautiful Georgian house designed by William Adam & his son Robert
Northwest of Kelso, on the A6089 to Gordon, is the signpost for Mellerstain House, home of the Earl of Haddington and one of Scotland's great Georgian houses. This 18th-century architectural masterpiece was designed by William Adam and his son Robert and perfectly characterizes the elegant symmetry of the period. The superb exterior is more than matched by the exquisitely ornate interiors.
There is also furniture by Chippendale and Hepplewhite, as well as paintings by Constable, Gainsborough, Veronese and Van Dyck. The formal Italian gardens, laid out in the early 20th century, are equally impressive.
Info: Easter weekend and May-Sep Sun-Mon 1230-1700 (last admission) 1630. Â£5, Â£4.50 concession; cafÃ©/shop 1130-1730. Tel 410225.