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Paxton House Glamping
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.
FacilitiesCanvas 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 ForGlamping only. Kids and dogs – yes. Tents, campervans, caravans – no.
NearbyHop 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 & DrinkThere'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.
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