Review: Glampotel Paxton House On The Scottish Border

Accommodation : Glamping

Paxton House was built for Patrick Home of Billie in an attempt to woo a Prussian heiress. Sadly the grand house did not tempt her, but the result was a stunning house with sweeping grounds that are now a wonderful place to escape to for the weekend.


In the most picturesque of settings on the north bank of the River Tweed and just a few miles west of Berwick upon Tweed, you will find Paxton House, one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture in Scotland.

Style & Character

Arrival at Paxton House is impressive. Enter through the lodge gates with stone lions on top of the pillars and drive up a long tree lined avenue. At the top of the hill is the impressive estate of Paxton House, surrounded by woodland and extensive lawns with beautiful rhododendrons adding colour to this regal setting.

This grand, 18th-century manor house is open for tours, which give guests an insight into the lives of those who lived in Paxton House from the date it was created in 1763. There is also an important collection of late 18th and early 19th century paintings loaned by the National Galleries of Scotland to admire.


Glampotel has set up five luxury ‘canvas cottages’ in bell tents in the pretty gardens of Paxton House. Each is located on the banks of the river and have amazing views through the trees across the river, although all cottages are within a short walk of the main house where you can make use of the café and the family activities organised here in the school holidays.

The tents offer real wood floors and proper double beds with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Extra thoughtful touches include hot water bottles, handmade wooden furniture and en-suite toilets and shower rooms with instant hot water. The hard wood flooring, fluffy towels and luxury toiletries finish the luxury look.

There is a wood burning stove for colder nights, a full-length mirror, clothes rails and extra blankets. A combination safe ensures you can also store your valuables plus there is free parking right next to your Canvas Cottage for one car.

Food & Drink

A kitchenette contains everything you need to prepare and eat a delicious outdoor meal, including pots and pans, utensils, glasses, crockery and cutlery for the whole family, and of course a kettle for making a fresh cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Tea, coffee, fresh milk, and bottled water are all provided on arrival, along with a solar or propane powered refrigerator to keep your food and drinks nicely chilled.

A large parasol covers the deck, ensuring you can use all the facilities, regardless of the weather. On colder nights you can snuggle in throw blankets out on the deck under the solar lamps to fully enjoy the outdoor life and a BBQ as late as you wish.

There is 3G/4G on all networks accessible throughout the Glampotel property and there are sufficient USB outlets to charge your electronic devices; but why not switch off those devices, just for the night, and enjoy the great outdoors?

Glampotel Paxton House

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