Paxton House Glamping

UK Scotland South Scotland Scottish Borders

A romantic, bell tent glamping site in the grounds of a Scottish mansion, home to a collection of some of the finest paintings in the country

Grand, 18th century Paxton House on the banks of the River Tweed was built for Patrick Home of Billie in an attempt to woo a Prussian heiress. It's a tale as old as time itself: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy builds girl a stonking great country home in an attempt to win her over. Alas, for poor Paddy his wooing was unsuccessful but the result today is a grand home with sweeping grounds for the rest of us to enjoy. Or at least it can be enjoyed by those who book a night or two at the new glamping site.

Paxton House Glamping's five 'canvas cottages' (bell tent-like structures) are each located in different areas across the property. Each is secluded and private, but still just a short walk to the main house where guests are first greeted on arrival and where you have use of all the facilities including the gift shop and café. In school holidays they run various family friendly activities on the estate, while, throughout the year, the house's interior is also host to an important collection of late 18th and early 19th century paintings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland.

The tents themselves are at the higher-end of the glamping spectrum with real wood floors, proper double beds and fancy en-suite shower rooms with towels and toiletries provided. You can order a breakfast hamper, delivered to your tent at the requested time or sit out on the wooden deck and enjoy an evening BBQ – pick the 'boat house' tent if you want the best views of the River Tweed.

And if you ever bore of exploring the grounds and gardens of the home and need your fix of history elsewhere, then a hop across the border to Berwick-on-Tweed reveals plenty of historical treasures that have resulted from the constant battles between England and Scotland throughout history. It's all peaceful nowadays of course, so there's no need to bring your musket.

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Facilities

Canvas cottages are each appointed with king-size beds, wooden floors, bespoke wooden furniture, en-suite shower rooms and toilets and all the equipment you need in your kitchen unit, including a cool box (milk and a few essentials provided on your arrival). Towels and toiletries are provided. There's also a lockable chest, solar lights with USB outlets for charging your devices, and candles for your lanterns. Outside, your own private deck is complete with gas BBQ and bistro set.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Kids and dogs – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no.

Nearby

Hop across the border to Berwick-upon-Tweed, a historic old town encircled by Elizabethan fortifications – the best preserved in Europe. They are a testament to the town's eventful history, changing hands 13 times as England and Scotland waged war over its possession. There are more castles and stately homes in the area than almost anywhere else in the UK. Aside from Paxton House itself, Bamburgh Castle (01668 214515), Floors Castle (01573 450331) in Kelso and Alnwick Castle (01665 511100) are favourites.

Food & Drink

There's a BBQ on the front deck of each tent and BBQ and breakfast hampers can be ordered (delivered to your tent at the requested time). Nearby Berwick Upon Tweed provides plenty of choice. The Maltings Kitchen(01289 309333), Foxtons Winebar & Restaurant(01289 303939) and The Queens Head Hotel (01289 307852) are all excellent.

Opening Times

April–November.

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The Owner Says

Paxton House, in the Scottish Borders, is home to four beautifully appointed Canvas Cottages, all with ensuite bathrooms and views across the River Tweed. These bespoke under-canvas rooms each sleep 2 adults and up to 3 children (dogs are welcome too).​

Located within the wooded grounds of Paxton House, Paxton House Glamping offers an amazing and unique way to stay in the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Tweed. Our four Canvas Cottages feature king size bed and up to three camp-beds for children, hardwood floors, custom wooden furniture, cooking facilities, full length mirror, clothes rails, blanket chest, and much more. A wood burning stove provides more than enough heat to keep you warm.

Each of our canvas cottages has its own, private ensuite bathroom, with fully functional incinerator toilets, porcelain sinks with hot and cold running water, instant hot water shower, large mirrors, and plenty of towels, toilet paper and all the usual hygiene products you would expect to find in a luxury boutique hotel. We also supply plenty of complimentary biodegradable toiletries.

Our Paxton House location provides a magnificent backdrop for strolls and more vigorous walks within the grounds and along the river, while Paxton House itself has on display one of the most extensive collections of Chippendale furniture in the world – available for tours. If you don't want to cook, then the Tea Rooms are open for breakfast and serves homemade food and drink all day during the summer.

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Accommodation

4 fully-furnished canvas cottages.

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Location

Contact Paxton House Glamping, Paxton House, Paxton, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1SZ

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Getting There

Paxton House is easily accessible by car and is sign posted 3 miles from the A1 Berwick-upon-Tweed bypass on the B6461 and from the A697 junction with the B6461. A fantastic bus service, the No. 32 ‘Hutton Bus’, operates every day except Sunday from Berwick and will take you from Golden Square or the Railway Station (bus stop opposite back entrance to The Castle Inn) right to Paxton House's doorstep. A fast and reliable train service connects Berwick-upon-Tweed along the east coast mainline. From there, it’s 3 miles to Paxton House.

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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