This beautiful house in the Scottish Borders was completed in 1778 and was the result of a collaboration between the Baillie family and two of Scotland's greatest architects, William Adam and his son Robert. This Georgian Mansion is a unique example of Adam design. Each room has been strategically placed to maximise the amount of sunlight, to appreciate the natural landscape and to best display the contrasting colour and plasterwork schemes.
As well as the beauty of the house and the plasterwork, there are some amazing paintings on the walls by Van Dyck, Ruysdael, Gainsborough, Ramsay and other Old Masters which provide a fascinating journey of Mellerstain and the Baillie family through the centuries.
The grounds extends to 100 acres of mature parkland which are both beautiful and peaceful. The formal gardens were designed in 1910 by Reginald Blomfield and to the south of the house are a series of terraces with herbaceous borders and yew trees. There is then a sweeping stretch of lawn descending to the lake.
Here is a short video of Mellerstain which we put together after a visit in the summer. It was a lovely day out and we enjoyed lunch in the Cafe, then later on coffee and cake! Mellerstain House is part of the Historic Houses Association.
Airhouses is more than an award-winning holiday escape — it’s an experience you will never forget. Explore woodland walks, hiking trails and the peaceful village of Oxton (plus Edinburgh is less than an hour away). And don’t forget to say hello to our friendly animal family of alpacas, goats, donkeys, pigs, Shetland ponies and more.