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.

Paxton House tour: 

  • The tour will give guests an insight into the lives of those who have lived in Paxton House from the date it was created in 1763.
  • Enjoy seeing the different rooms, including the dining room, drawing room, picture gallery, costume room and the upstairs bedrooms.
  • Beautiful decorative schemes designed by Robert Adam.
  • Highly interesting family history with the house being described as one of the best in the country’

Furniture and Art Collections on display:

  • Rare and nationally important furniture including Scotland’s largest collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture and an outstanding collection by Scotland’s leading 19th century cabinet maker, William Trotter. The collection of Chippendale and Trotter furniture, and their associated archives, have recently been recognised by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
  • 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”