As 2017 draws to a close, we are reflecting over another very successful season at Paxton House. With many highlights throughout the year it is difficult to narrow it down to only a few.
The trust celebrated it 25th anniversary in June, which was a enjoyed by hosting an afternoon tea in our Marquee overlooking the River Tweed. Restoration of the waterwheel site and beam pump began with funding from HLF, BCCF Environmental (Scottish Borders Council) and Fallago Environmental Fund. Four luxury glamping units were erected throughout the year which allow guests to relax and unwind with idyllic views down to the river. Music at Paxton celebrated another highly successful year with a week of chamber music in our Picture Gallery in July. The Paxton House team enjoyed their first Summer Fayre in August with overwhelming support from the general public. Paxton House was awarded Recognised status by Museums Galleries Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, for their Nationally Significant Collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale the Elder and Younger and by William Trotter (and its associated archives). We helped several couples celebrate their wedding day with the picturesque background of Paxton House and it’s gorgeous grounds. All of this was topped off with a record breaking Christmas Cracker where we had an incredible turn out over the two day event.
Looking forward to 2018 we are excited to keep all of the events and exhibitions running that we started and continued in 2017 with some wonderful new additions. We will be celebrating Chippendale 300 (Thomas Chippendale’s 300 anniversary of birth) with a fantastic exhibition of his work from June 5th to August 29th with loans from private and public collections. There will also be a series of lectures by Chippendale experts and furniture masterclasses over the summer. The waterwheel will be opening to the public at the start of the season once the renovations are complete. This is a very exciting project which shows how large stately homes like Paxton House used to get clean water before the mains supply was created. We will also have a brand new schedule of Children’s activities and adventure trails running to keep your little ones entertained throughout the year.
A massive thank you from the Paxton House trustees, management, employees and volunteers for all your support throughout the 2017 season, we look forward to welcoming you back again in 2018. It is fantastic to hear your feedback so please let us know what you thought of your visit by leaving us a TripAdvisor or Facebook review.
Paxton’s waterwheel project is on target for completion later this year. This photo shows the Scottish Borders community payback team constructing the new access stairway down to the site. The pump and wheel are being restored by specialist engineers JPS in Alloa, and masonry and sluices on site re being reinstated by local builder Steve Richards with help from volunteers.
The 4th of June 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of the opening of Paxton House to the general public. The house and grounds have welcomed over 250,000 visitors since becoming a trust.
Following an extensive restoration, Paxton House was returned to its 18th century state ready to welcome visitors from the UK and further abroad. This has allowed one of the largest collections of William Trotter and Thomas Chippendale furniture in the UK to be displayed for future generations to enjoy. Highlights of the house tour include the largest purpose built Picture Gallery in Scotland, which is home to an award winning music festival every July, Music at Paxton.
There have been some key milestones along the way, helping Paxton House to become a very popular visitor attraction in the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland. This includes unique partnerships created throughout the 25 years which have strengthened Paxton House’s offering to who visit it. The National Galleries of Scotland have been a main partner for the 25 years, resulting in some of the finest paintings in the country being displayed in Paxton House’s grand picture gallery. The Royal Horticultural Society has promoted the stunning grounds and gardens filled with beautiful herbaceous borders, wild woodland and riverside walks for many ages and abilities to enjoy. Connecting with the Tweed Commission has allowed Paxton House to remain one of the last netting stations on the River Tweed, catching and tagging wild salmon to aid research and conservation.
In more recent years, Paxton House has continuing to grow and expand its attractions, including boat trips down the River Tweed, glamping units in the woodland and a new marquee for the ultimate wedding venue. The tearoom and shop now have a fantastic offering that the locals enjoy on a regular basis and the playpark has recently been updated to include more equipment. Every season, local artists display fantastic exhibitions in the Hayloft and Regency Gallery, concluding that there is something for every age and interest at Paxton House.
The Chairman of the Paxton House Trust, Ian Marrian commented, “The trustees are proud of the work that has occurred in the last 25 years at Paxton House, and they continue to have more plans for development and growth over the next quarter of a century. They would like to thank all of the employees and volunteers which have helped thus far, and appreciate the endless support of the general public who continue to enjoy visiting the house.”
Paxton House will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of opening to the general public with an Afternoon Tea in their new marquee on the 4th of June at 3pm. Come along and enjoy some delicious sweet and savoury treats, a chilled glass of prosecco and the stunning view over the Union Chain Bridge. Tickets are £16.50 per adult and £7.00 per child and can be purchased from www.paxtonhouse.co.uk.