Mellerstain House and Grounds

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Mellerstain House and Grounds

Mellerstain House has outstanding gardens with lakeside and woodland walks. The beautiful parkland was first laid out in 1725 by Scottish architect, William Adam.  The gardens, entered from an early 18th century courtyard, were designed by Reginald Blomfield in 1910. This fine Georgian house with breath taking views over the lawns and ornamental lake look out to the distant Cheviot Hills.

Within the grounds are beech, oak and sylvan Ash woodland which are a haven for wild birds and animals. Look out for red squirrels, roe deer and kingfisher as you enjoy a walk beside the Eden Water. In season you'll find gorgeous displays of snowdrops, aconites, bluebells and rhododendrons.

On site you may also spot: owl, badger, deer, fox, hare, hedgehog, otter, swan, buzzard, woodpecker, heron, lap wing, moorhen, little grebe, widgeon, chiffchaff, wren, wagtail, swallow, house martin and numerous ducks including little grebe, teal, mallard, tufted, pochard and shoveler. 

Opening Times

Easter weekend, then 1st May to Monday 28th Sept – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday only

Gardens & Coffee Shop:   11.30am – 5pm.

House:   12.30pm – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm).


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.

Entry fees apply

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Lakeside Walk at Mellerstain
Little Grebe