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“Nice house and grounds”
Review of Paxton House

Paxton House
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the finest examples of an 18th-century Palladian Country house in all of Britain. There are many activities at Paxton House to keep you busy for a whole day, including house tours, boat trips and net fishing on the River Tweed, tearoom and gift shop, extensive grounds and gardens, galleries and exhibitions. We also have different types of accommodation, including an apartment, a lodge and a caravan park if you wish to stay and enjoy Paxton House for longer.
Exley Head, West Yorkshire
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Nice house and grounds”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Nice house to visit and the walks round the grounds are very pleasant. Our guide was fantastic and provided a lot of interesting facts about the family and the house.

Visited September 2012
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Louise M, Public Relations Manager at Paxton House, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. I'm pleased to hear you experienced and enjoyed both the house and the grounds. We hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes.
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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“Just go!”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

We visited Paxton on a lovely sunny day, which made the garden and river walk (and rests along the way) beautifully tranquil: the silence along the river, and the sight of circling buzzards, was something quite precious. En route there's a little museum which provides interesting facts about salmon fishing, and outside are the nets and a small boat which, while we were there, was drawing a net across the river. All the grounds are well planned and extremely well maintained(there's even a croquet lawn) and would appeal to anyone with or without children. The latter anyway could certainly burn off excess energies in the adventure play area. (It's always a good sign when you wish you were a kid again...)
The house itself is a little gem, and since visits are all by guided tour only there's a lot to discover by questioning the guide. Julian knows more than enough to handle questions about what lifts the value of a Chippendale, or how exactly Patrick Home's marriage effectively ended, or why the seats in the library seem to be built for people with long femurs and wide hips. The visit ends quite theatrically with a visit to a room with a real "wow" factor. Incidentally, you might be instructed to wait for the tour to begin in the room "with the big chair". Don't roll your eyes at this, just go and sit in it.
One final word - everyone we met was enthusiastic, friendly and welcoming.

Visited September 2012
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Louise M, Public Relations Manager at Paxton House, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic review. We're delighted to hear that you had such a great time here at Paxton, and that all of the staff and volunteers you encountered were so friendly. I will certainly pass your praise on to Julian. Thank you very much again, we do hope we will see you again in the future. Our best wishes.
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Renfrewshire
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“Worth the short journey”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

Situated a short distance from Berwick upon Tweed this is a charming & welcoming property.
The lady at reception gave us ideas of things to do to keep us interested during the short wait for the tour of the house.
The tour guided by Julain was well paced, amusing & informative & children (of all ages!) are encouraged to find the bears.
the current special exhibition of costume is unusual - DO go soon in order to catch it.
The information boards give advance notice of forthcoming events and there are several which would be worth making the journey for, so check Paxton House website now.
Our one regret was that we didn't leave ourselves sufficient time to explore the grounds fully.

Visited August 2012
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Louise M, Public Relations Manager at Paxton House, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review. We're so pleased to hear that you had such a great time here, we will certainly pass your kind comments on Julian. It's great to hear that you enjoyed our costume exhibition too. We do hope to see you again in the future, best wishes.
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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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“Review of Re-Dress exhibition”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

I was a member of a party of four who attended a fashion show on a pleasant summer evening on Saturday 11th August 2012. Was it in London at the Dorchester ?, was it at the Savoy ? did it feature John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Vivienne Westwood or perhaps Christian Lacroixe?, no is the answer to these questions, it was held in Paxton House, Paxton, Berwickshire and featured period costumes integrated with modern designs exhibited in an original format to amazing dramatic effect!!.

Paxton House is an imposing Palladian house set in its own grounds adjacent to the River Tweed, and is located just five minutes from the A1 main trunk road and a ten minute taxi ride from either Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station or town centre. Paxton House boasts one of the finest collections of Chippendale and Trotter furniture.

The current forward looking management team at Paxton House have embarked on a programme of original and inventive events to attract a broad based clientele. Paxton House does not conform to the stereotypical image of a country house; this is best left to other establishments.

From the moment my party and I ascended the imposing entrance stairway to the house, that featured a very competent young lady singing wistful songs whilst accompanying herself on guitar, I knew the evening would be pure theatre.

There was a buzz of expectation in the air as we were served some excellent white wine in the tastefully decorated reception area of the house. The event was attended by a fairly representative cross section of local society together with the management, volunteers and participants from Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in Edinburgh.

Karen Page, Costume Co-ordinator, made a welcoming speech outlining the aim and visionary content of the Re-Dress exhibition before inviting the assembled audience to commence the tour of the exhibition. The background and subsequent concept of the exhibition was to showcase in the appropriate setting of the Picture Gallery with an additional display in the Hayloft Gallery, some costumes which had lain undisturbed for over two hundred years, in a closed room within Paxton House.

Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design was invited to participate in collaboration with Paxton House in October 2011 with the aim of using the costumes to provide inspiration to their third year students to produce a collection of costumes which would be modern in their content but show a historical lineage to the discovered costumes.

When one visits museums featuring period costumes, one is struck by the quality of the workmanship in the production of such garments at a time before any appreciable mechanisation of the production processes, however there can be a disappointment when the clothing appears to be lack-lustre in terms of colour. The reason for this phenomenon is that the costumes have been worn both indoors and outdoors and as such, subject to wear and the sun’s Ultra-Violet rays and can appear perhaps, a little faded.

The costumes on display at Paxton House, however, had hardly been handled for over two hundred years and had been cleaned by Maggie Dobbie, textile conservator prior to the exhibition and a consequence of this, is that the colours are as vibrant today as they were when the costumes were new.

When the assembled audience made their way into the Music Room it was like having a catwalk display, the difference being the mannequins stood still and the audience moved along!!. The exhibition was brought to life by the imaginative use of direct and indirect lighting and wonderful Avant-Garde music. To add to an already intense atmosphere, there was a monochrome silent film, projected on a wall, depicting costumes, students and models in a context which in my opinion, echoed the more Avant-Garde moments in some of the Beatles films of the mid nineteen-sixties.

The costumes were first to be seen on entering the Picture Gallery to provide visual impact, whilst the new costumes were further along. As someone who has lived through the sixties and as a musician who was interested in style, I recognised a ghost of a theme in the styles of the costumes from the nineteen-sixty two vision of jet-set wear through Mary Quant, BIBA, Punk and New Romantic interpretations to present day styles.

The additional display in the Hayloft Gallery featured work-in-progress portfolios of the third year student’s from Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design. Another novel feature was the provision of a “dress-up” basket that allowed members of the audience to don items of clothing of the period.

The exhibition started at 6.00pm and ended all to soon at 8.00pm. In closing, my party and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend anyone with even the slightest interest in fashion to visit the Re-Dress exhibition that runs from 6th to 31st August 2012.

Visited August 2012
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Louise M, Public Relations Manager at Paxton House, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review of our costume exhibition. We're delighted to hear you had such a great time, and we hope to see you again in the future for other exhibitions and events. Best wishes.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“music at paxton house”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

We went to concert at Paxton house.It was a very enjoyable occasion and the carducci quartet were splendid musicians, We did not get a chance to see the grounds due to rain but I will look out for this place next time we are in the area. The website did not have a functional link to the caterers for the event so we missed out on food which had to be booked a week in advance. Not good!

Visited July 2012
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Louise M, Public Relations Manager at Paxton House, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the music event, and hope you will return in the future to see the grounds on a nicer day. We sincerely apologise for the web error that meant you missed out on food, we will make sure this does not happen again in the future. Best wishes.
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