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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.

Today’s opening hours

19 April to 30 September: Fridays to Mondays.

House: 12pm to 5pm (last admission 4.15pm).

Gardens: 11am to 5pm.



19 April to 30 September: Fridays to Mondays.

House: 12pm to 5pm (last admission 4.15pm).

Gardens: 11am to 5pm.

Find Us
Find us

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

  • Free


Leader Taxis 01573 848828


Historic Houses members visit for free.

House & Gardens:

Adult: £10.00
Child: £5.00


More admission details

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

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.

Fun Facts
In 1725 George Baillie and his wife, Lady Grisell Baillie, commissioned Scottish architect William Adam to build a new house on the site of an old peel tower. Lady Grisell kept strict accounts for her household, noting every expense for many years. A number of these fascinating volumes are collectively known as Lady Grisell’s Household Accounts’, and their contents offer us an insight into every aspect of daily life in an 18th-century Scottish country house.



Our beautifully appointed and very comfortable cottages offer a unique holiday opportunity in the Scottish Borders. Our 3 self-catering
cottages are located within the grounds and sleep between 4–6 people.
The Clock House and Courtyard Cottage
Located in the courtyard, these 2 cottages are a short stroll to the stunning garden terraces, parkland and woodland play area. Both cottages have been converted to a high standard from part of the old Clock House dating from the early 18th Century, and can be interlinked to offer accommodation for up to 10 people plus 2 t/cots.
West Lodge
This charming 18th-century stone cottage enjoys its own garden with stunning views towards the Cheviots. The Lodge combines a sitting room with open fire, dining room with countryside views, kitchen, double bedroom with lovely views, a twin bedded room, bathroom and WC. The West Lodge sleeps up to 4 people.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Mellerstain has a number of rooms available for your event and a tour of the house can be arranged if requested. 
On the main floor we have the Oval Hall and Music Room, and on the lower floor, the Yellow Dining Room, the Vaulted Sitting Room and access to the Terrace Gardens.

We can offer:

  • Dinner
  • Plentiful parking
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments