The House

Paxton House offers a great day out which will most certainly include a tour of the House, led by our friendly and knowledgeable guides.

On display are:

  • Rare and nationally important furniture including Scotland’s largest collection of Chippendale furniture and an outstanding collection by Scotland’s leading 19th century cabinet maker, William Trotter.
  • Beautiful decorative schemes designed by Robert Adam.
  • The impressive Picture Gallery displays over seventy Scottish related paintings dating from the 18th century to 1960 lent by our partner The National Galleries of Scotland including work by Sir David Wilkie, Sir John Everett Millias, William McTaggart, the Scottish colourists, and Anne Redpath.
  • Paintings by Scottish Masters including Allan Ramsay, Sir Henry Raeburn, Alexander Nasmyth and David Martin can be viewed in the house alongside European works by Francesco Fidanza, Rosalba Carriera, and Antonio del Massaro da Viterbo.
  • The small but important 18th century costume collection is displayed occasionally for conservation reasons.

There is also fun for the kids with our teddy trail throughout the house which will keep them busy spotting bears as they go around.

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.

If you would like further information on the house, or have any questions, you can use the contact form on this page to get in touch with our curator.

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Beautiful grounds , amazing house. Tracy and Andrew, Kingston-upon-Hull
Beautiful House Andrew, Abermule
One of the friendliest stately homes I have visited! Min, Lincoln
A simply lovely Country House Sean, Dublin
“Informative guided tour”