A grand tour through the borderlands.
The borderlands stunning natural beauty is matched with a legacy of magnificent stately homes and gardens.
As centres of influence and power all have a unique story to tell, and actions emanating from some down the centuries, including Traquair at Innerleithen and Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, have sent the region’s historical heartbeat racing.
The threads of this particular trail weave a tapestry of fabulous treasures that include artwork by Canaletto, Joshua Reynolds and Gainsborough, and the finest examples of silverware, porcelain and furniture.
Most have superb walks and gardens in their extensive grounds and all are family friendly.
Mellerstain House near Kelso, is hailed as one of Robert Adam’s architectural masterpieces while at Cragside in Northumberland it is scientific innovation that reigns supreme.
In recent years Alnwick Castle has achieved fame as a favourite location for scenes from the Harry Potter films.
Back in the Scottish Borders Floors Castle at Kelso offers a great day out for the family and Abbotsford, a few miles away near Melrose, enjoys international fame as the ‘conundrum castle’ home of Sir Walter Scott.
A few miles to the east, just outside Selkirk, stands Bowhill, the imposing family seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch.
Add Paxton House, Manderston House, Thirlestane Castle and Chillingham Castle to this aristocratic list and visitors to the borderlands have an awe-inspiring list of memorable visits choose from.
At Explore we’ll be developing sections on as many Homes and Gardens as possible as we all welcome putting the pandemic restrictions behind us.
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