Paxton House
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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One of the finest examples of an 18th-century Palladian Country house in all of Britain. There is so much to do at Paxton House! House tours, highlighting our exceptional and Recognised collections of Chippendale and Trotter furniture, pictures on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland, fantastic original costumes from 1750, Stables Tearoom (full of homebaked deliciousness), a lovely gift shop, extensive grounds, a pretty formal garden, rustic adventure playground, galleries, exhibitions, boat trips and net fishing on the River Tweed. Our Garden Apartment, South Lodge and our Walled Garden Caravan Park are available for those who would like to stay and enjoy Paxton House for longer. As a registered charity (SC002177) we are grateful to all of our visitors for their support.
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ChocoloverSpilsby
Spilsby, UK263 contributions
May 2022
A fabulous visit! We were due to have a brief stopover here on our way to our holiday destination; but we ended up spending many hours inhabiting the cafe for both coffee and lunch - Isla, Ruth & Helen were super, as was the food - and exploring the expansive grounds and gardens. We were greeted by the wonderful gardener Brian who showed us where to buy our tickets, and who, later, told us about other local events we may like to return to. Candelabra primulas, wild flower border, the River Tweed, a zip wire, water wheel, wild deer spotted in the grounds.... what's not to like! And we didn't even tour the house! An absolute 'must': if we don't return this year, our friends certainly will! Thank you to all staff concerned.
Written June 5, 2022
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Antonia_HoskinsBrown
Alnwick, UK49 contributions
Aug 2022
1st time visiting Paxton House, what a lovely place for a day trip out to see friends. We visited today (9th August) on another wonderfully sunny and hot day! Our group of assorted adults and children of about 12, plus dog all had a lovely time exploring. Some of us went on the guided tour of the house, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

While myself, Husband, 2x more adults, 2x children and dog Tilly had booked a boat trip with Kerry. A Fantastic "Captain" ably helped by John, we were kitted in our safety vests and set off along the river to see all sorts of wildlife (Cormorants, Herons, Swans, ducks and even a Buzzard!) Fantastic views all along too.

Kerry was so entertaining and clearly knew all about the history of our river trip, guiding us expertly through the shallower parts, underneath the Union Chain Bridge which is currently being restored by friendly orange Hi-vis workers! He even has a scanner to show us how deep the river gets and it even shows where the fish are swimming underneath us! Such a lovely time and a good laugh, can't thank Kerry and John enough for a unique and memorable trip. Highly recommend going and recommended booking ahead!

Rest of the day was lovely, Café Stables has a great selection of sandwiches and sweet treats on offer! All the staff we encountered were helpful and friendly. We also enjoyed a game of "Putting" for £1pp. Spend most of the day exploring the grounds and will definitely come back to take in a guided tour.
Written August 9, 2022
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Mary Rafferty
Glasgow, UK4 contributions
Jun 2022
Paxton House is a real gem. We visited it on a beautiful sunny day and have only done a very small part of it. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the courtyard outside the Stables tearoom and the staff were very friendly and efficient. We were lucky to visit on a Wednesday and found there was a pop up craft market in a marquee with very high quality crafts including a glass blower called Jane Walsh whose work was beautiful. After a bit of retail therapy we went on the house tour with a very entertaining and knowledgeable lady called Linda who made the tour a most enjoyable part of the day. The house itself is stunning with really interesting artefacts and beautiful Chippendale furniture. .After coffee in the courtyard again, we had a walk through the Well Garden and down through the grounds to walk by the River Tweed . We enjoyed everything about our visit, so much so that we went home and immediately booked tickets for a music event later in the summer.
Written June 23, 2022
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Brina58
Peebles28 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
First day of season & we paid full price entrance to grounds which was £48 for our family party. Grounds in very poor condition to get to play park. No preparation at all. Disappointed to discover the Tea room/cafe was closed but we weren’t told this when paying entrance fee. When queried we were told it was down to covid but would be open next week. No good to us as we are here on holiday. An expensive short visit when most of the paths were inaccessible and dangerous with huge ruts created by heavy vehicles. To be honest they should either not be open or allow visitors in free of charge until they get their act together. Oh and the card reader in the shop wasn’t working either. Not a good start to the season. We will not return.
Written April 8, 2022
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Thank you for your review. We have responded to you via email to resolve your concerns. As a charity we rely on the support of our visitors. Most of the paths have been repaired and are now reopened. Some of our tearoom team tested positive for covid the day before we were due to open and so the tearoom was unable to open. Happy to report that the team are all well and it is open now, serving delicious scones, homebaked cakes and traybakes and more!
Written May 3, 2022
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Julian C
Belford, UK2 contributions
Apr 2022
Paxton House offers great walks and the grounds are now accessible after tree clearing following last year's storm.If a regular visitor the annual care park season ticket of £15 is good value. The play area its good.
The cafe under more recent management is very expensive-£8.50 for a sandwich so I suggest you take your own picnic. The flat whites are pretty average too so suggest you go to Northern Edge in Silver Street, Berwick for much better coffee and better and less expensive food instead.
Written April 18, 2022
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Thank you for your review. Our food is top quality and made fresh daily by our fantastic chef. Our coffee is Pilgrims Coffee from Holy Island and is proving extremely popular with our customers!
Written May 3, 2022
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samantha w
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Aug 2022 • Friends
Paxton House is beautiful, wonderful grounds for the children to play with a lovely tea room.

My star of the day was Bill, he gave us a tour of Paxton house, he catered well to his audience, our party included 5 children under 10. Bill was so patient and answered all of their questions, he had a great sense of humour.

Thanks Bill for your time and patience it was very much appreciated
Written August 2, 2022
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Tanya C
2 contributions
Jun 2022
Paxton House was less than expected. We felt that it was disappointing compared to so many other places we’ve seen. Our guide, Bill, was excellent, but it was odd that he had to unlock the front door & other doors in order to show us around. Indoor photography was not allowed, but that wasn’t something we knew until we had already paid & entered the house. No one has lived there since the 1980s so we could not understand the prohibition. It was just a bit of a let down. Even the “garden” area was small & uninspiring.
Written June 28, 2022
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Morgan S
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Aug 2022 • Couples
First time visiting Paxton House and I couldn’t recommend it enough!!😄

The day started of brilliantly with the humorous young girl at the ticket box who my husband took the mick out of when she offered us concession tickets. Taking the joke she replied with a comment and a smile that set the three of us laughing 🤣🤣. Felt extremely welcomed!!

We then attended our tour at 2:00 to which we were met again by another young girl who was nothing short of amazing herself! Very imformative of the history/furniture of the house and answered all the questions we asked. Especially loved the costumes, the items on display were stunning!!!

Rest of the day was lovely and relaxing. The cafe “Stables Tearoom” was great and had a wide selection of goodies😋 (My husband said that it was the best Border Tart he ever had🥰) and again we were met with young staff behind the counter who were extremely helpful, even recommending there favourite sandwiches for us to try! Finally we had a game of putting which I won and when the girl at the ticket box asked who won, she made sure to tease my husband about it😅😂

Overall a fantastic day put on by the young team. Will definitely be returning, the only thing i’d say is the main route to the Boat House is very steep but there are other routes to get there just a tad wee bit longer❤️
Written August 21, 2022
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What an incredible review! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such comprehensive feedback. Our young team are amazing and I will make sure we pass on all your lovely comments to them all. Thank you.
Written August 27, 2022
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epemberton
North Yorkshire, UK127 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
A nice little stop off to kill a bit of time on a Saturday morning. Visited on my own with our two dogs and entry to the grounds was very reasonable, however there is no map of the site to take with you, so I only really managed to explore the areas closest to the house as I was a bit worried about getting lost going further into the estate!

The paths are all very good and well maintained (near the house at least). It says on their website that their tea room is dog friendly but there is a big ‘no dogs except guide dogs’ sticker by the door so I didn’t go in.
Written September 28, 2022
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Kathryn T
North Yorkshire, UK73 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Eilidh (hope correct spelling!) was friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and pleasant. We were the first house tour since 2020 and it was a pleasure. The best parts were when she truly loved the part of the story she was telling, her voice enthused the emotions felt. Highly recommended.
Written July 10, 2022
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