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Carolside is an 18th century mansion in beautiful parkland, in a valley in the Scottish Borders. It's setting is romantic and serene ; framed by steep wooded hills with the River Leader running through.

Its facade is thought to have been modelled on Chesterfield House , Mayfair , London (demolished 1937) .The design was by Isaac Ware the Palladian arcitect.(1704-1766) There has been a settlement there since at least the 16th Century and Carolside has been cultivated for over 200 years. It has a long history of good gardeners and was a well-known Rose garden in Edwardian days.

Today Carolside is best known for its soft and delicate herbaceous planting in subtle colour schemes, it's striking Delphinium beds, its Potager, Secret garden and Winter garden and of course most of all best known for its collection of Historic roses and National Collection of Gallica roses.

It is considered to be one of Scotlands finest private gardens .


Open Saturdays and Sundays, May, June and July

11am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm

Find Us
Find us

Car: Please use TD46AL when driving. We are on the A68, 1 mile North of Earlston. Entrance is on the left when travelling North, through black wrought iron gates. 

Public Transport: The nearest mainline train station - Berwick Upon Tweed (35 miles )
Connecting bus no 60 to Earlston village centre, walk/taxi.
Direct bus from Edinburgh/ Jedburgh /Kelso- No 51or 52. Ask driver to stop at Carolside entrance


  • Free
There is a car park available free of charge.


Dods Taxi, Earlston 07561413523


Historic Houses members visit for free. 

£6 per person for entrance to garden
£12 per person for Guided Tour


  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

If you would like to book a group visit to the gardens please contact Rose Foyle: 

info@carolside.com / 01896849272

Alternatively, please write to Carolside House, Earlston TD46AL. 

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