A great day out at Paxton House will most certainly include a tour of the House. House tours are led by our friendly and knowledgeable guides, of whom we are extremely proud.
Although you may not think a guided tour is for you, we guarantee that you will have a great time viewing the beautiful rooms with the live and informative commentary provided by your guide. We frequently receive comments about our house tours being the best of any stately home people have visited.
No need to worry that the children will be bored either, with our fun teddy trail throughout the house they will be busy spotting bears while you enjoy the impressive rooms and rare collections, including Chippendale and Trotter furniture and an extensive costume collection. A great day out for everyone.
Perhaps the most well known and most impressive room in the house is the Picture Gallery. The Robert Reid designed gallery is the largest private gallery of any country house in Scotland, and houses a collection of over seventy paintings dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many of which have been loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland (who Paxton House work in partnership with).
Featuring works by the likes of Raeburn, Reynolds, Wilkie, Nasmyth and Thomas Lawrence, the magnificent gallery is the grand culmination of the suite of rooms added by George Home in 1814 who, in his eightieth year, gave up his clerkship to the court of session in Edinburgh to retire and devote the end of his life to the creation of this great room along with cataloguing the collections of Patrick Home.
On 17th November 1988, the last laird of Paxton House, John David Home Robertson, gave the country house and its 80 acre estate to the nation for their benefit and enjoyment. The Paxton Trust exists to guide this vision and preserve the Paxton House legacy, and John remains very involved with running the Estate.
For more information visit www.paxtonhouse.co.uk