Paxton House is a historic house at Paxton, Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders, a few miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed, overlooking the River Tweed.
Patrick Home of Billie built Paxton House on a new site high above the river Tweed from 1758. Explore outstanding collections of furniture, costume, books and paintings.
The gardens and grounds that surround Paxton House are part of a carefully planned landscape designed to set off the house. In exploring them, you will be passing through many of the evolving fashions in garden design over the centuries.
The setting at Paxton with its steep slope down to the river Tweed, its ravines and views to the Cheviot Hills conformed very closely to the Georgian idea of the picturesque – natural scenes which inspired emotion and could be framed, like a picture. Think Georgian Instagram.
Walk the paths at Paxton as they wind through shady woodland between natural ravines and specimen trees, alternately screening and revealing the river Tweed and the Cheviot Hills to the South, and you are taking a thoroughly Georgian style of walk.
For adventurous kids there is the Woodland Playground which includes a zip wire.