Historic Houses and Gardens

The Scottish Borders wakes up in March with some of the lovely attractions re-opening to visitors. They offer lots of new and different programmes of events now the days are longer again. We have listed some of our own favourites who have some exciting events coming up.

Paxton House

Paxton House

Paxton House Tea Rooms and Gardens have been open all year but March sees the re-opening of the main house and an exciting programme of events for all ages. This lovely house is set within beautiful grounds near Berwick Upon Tweed and you can take a boat trip down the famous River Tweed to see fishing in action and also have a go at net fishing.

Their Seasonal Open Day is the 17th March, with 20% off house tours and 10% off in the Shop and Tearoom.

There is an Adventure Playground with a Zip Wire, jingly jangly bridge and new swings. There is a Den Building Area in the woodland, a teddy trail through the house and grounds plus many walks through woodland, by the river, through the Well Garden or in the formal gardens so something for everyone.


Bowhill Estate

Re-opening with their now very popular Easter Family Day, Bowhill is a firm favourite for all ages. Wonderful walks of various lengths through grassland, woods and farmland, passing lakes and ruins and ending up at a Coffee Shop!

The house is open for guided tours at various points during the season and the rangers run increasingly popular activities for youngsters including den building, making your own bow and arrow and more. Watch out also for performances in their lovely, intimate theatre as well.

Abbotsford - home of Sir Walter Scott

Abbotsford - home of Sir Walter ScottAbbotsford - home of Sir Walter Scott

Abbotsford is a firm favourite here at Airhouses. This home of Sir Walter Scott is both interesting and beautiful. The walled garden isn't in full bloom yet, but the woods and river walks are lovely and peaceful at this time of the year.

There is a small play area for children with a huge slide and lots of interesting wooden equipment.

Oh, and the cakes in the restaurant are worth a trip in themselves!


Mellerstain HouseMellerstain HouseMellerstain House FaceBook

Mellerstain - this beautiful house and gardens, opens for Easter for 4 days then for the season from the beginning of May. Described by The Telegraph as "one of Britain's best stately homes" this is a Robert Adam masterpiece.

There are great lakeside and woodland walks, a play area for children to explore, local wildlife, some Highland Cattle and Hebridean Sheep.

The delightful cafe is run by the local restaurant, The HoeBridge so you can enjoy a delicious lunch, afternoon tea, or just cake and coffee, in stylish surroundings.

Mellerstain is now also the home of the Borders Sculpture Park providing a wonderful location and backdrop for exciting young artists to showcase their contemporary open-air sculptures to a new audience within the grounds.

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