One of Scotland’s finest stately homes, this Robert Adam masterpiece is a ‘must-see’; complemented by the fine art, period furniture, china and embroidery collections within.
It's idyllic location does not disappoint, with acres of stunning parkland, formal gardens, lakeside walks and cafe.
Mellerstain, one of Scotland’s great Georgian houses was begun in 1725 by Scottish architect William Adam and completed in 1778 by his more famous son, Robert. The result is an outstanding example of 18th-century Scottish architecture, and some say one of Robert Adam’s finest works.
The interior decoration is stunning – the ceilings are especially worthy of note, having been preserved in the original Adam colours. There is a superb collection of paintings including works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Aikman and Ramsay with many lovely pieces of period furniture, china and embroidery collections.
The house stands in beautiful parkland and gardens with a playground, cafe and holiday cottages. A must-see is the Italian-styled terraced garden (laid out in 1910 by Sir Reginald Blomfied), designed to offer new perspectives as you descend to the rose gardens, great lawn and ornamental lake.
19 April to 30 September: Fridays to Mondays.
House: 12pm to 5pm (last admission 4.15pm).
Gardens: 11am to 5pm.
Mellerstain House is approximately 20 minutes from Melrose & Kelso, about 1 hour from Edinburgh & Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The house is signposted on the A6089 Kelso-Gordon road. The approach from the A68 Jedburgh-Edinburgh road is through Earlston on the A6105, then via the B6397 towards Smailholm.
Car park on site
Leader Taxis 01573 848828
Historic Houses members visit for free.
House & Gardens:
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
Group visits and guided tours can be arranged during & outwith normal opening hours by prior reservation. With 4 floors of the house to visit a tour with one of our experienced guides will last up to 1½ hours.
We suggest group organisers allow 3 hours if wishing to visit the gardens and café (catering options available upon request). For more information please click here.