The Grounds

The extensive grounds of Paxton House can lead to different adventures every time you visit, so no two visits are the same.

  • John McNeil Photos 10080 acres of woodland and riverside scenery surround the house.
  • Includes riverside walks and woodland trails, with great views of The Chain Bridge.
  • Your dog is welcome as well we just ask that you keep it on a lead.
  • Highland cattle chew the cud in the fields adjacent to the house.
  • Look out for many different species of bird and deer within the woodlands.

The Garden

  • Overlooking the majestic River Tweed, the grounds were originally landscaped in the 18th century by Robert Robinson.
  • They are now designed so plants are flowering every season.
  • Daffodils are synonymous with Paxton House; framing the House from the driveway.
  • During the summer months the Herbaceous Border is at its finest with beautiful colourful blooms and distinctive aromas.
  • We have a great pond and welled garden to explore.

The River

  • People have fished from the land where Paxton House now stands for centuries.
  • Since the house was built the fishing rights have belonged to the estate.
  • Heron, cormorants, mute swans and sometimes even seals all inhabit the riverbanks.
  • At Paxton, netting is now carried out using the traditional coble or small boat.
  • The original boathouse has now been carefully restored from Victorian plans and is a charming venue for private hire. Please click here to find out more.

Waterwheel project

  • When Paxton House was built in 1758 mains water supplies did not exist so people had to draw water from wells. The only clean water available at Paxton came from springs under the bedrock in Paxton Dene – nearly 100 metres below the level of the house. So the latest technology was applied with a waterwheel to drive a beam pump to lift the spring water up to the house.
  • That 260 year old water system has lain derelict and buried for nearly a century, but now, thanks to grants from Heritage Lottery Fund: BCCF Environmental (Scottish Borders); and Fallago Environment Fund, and also thanks to the donation of a similar wheel and pump from nearby Blackadder and the efforts of a team of local volunteers, this historic water system is being fully restored and it will be ready for action for visitors to Paxton early in 2018. Follow the new path or stairway from north of the car park to see work in progress at the waterwheel site in Paxton Dene.
  • For regular updates on the progress of the waterwheel restoration, please have a look at the Paxton House blog. 

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Contact our gardens team below

A nice place for a walk Sue, Sheffield
A great afternoon out. Auguri, Fort William
Interesting house & gardens Julie P
Lovely place inside & outside Paul
Beautiful grounds, ideal for walking. “Ideal location “
“Lovely afternoon with boat trip”
The boat trip itself was brilliant and our skipper was able to answer all of our questions about the local area. “Boat trip”
Very relaxing trip up the river “Enjoyable boat trip”