The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The ‘Bible of Scottish Castles’…now available!
The ‘Bible of Scottish Castles’…now available! 

Mellerstain House and Gardens

Mellerstain House, a magical castellated mansion of the Baillie-Hamilton Earls of Haddington, has a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful colourful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds with a lake, cafe and shop, near Earlston in the Borders in southern Scotland.

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© The Mellerstain Trust)

Borders: About 5 miles east of Earlston, on minor roads west of A6089 or east of B6397, at Mellerstain House.

 

Private   NT 648392   OS: 74   TD3 6LG

 

OPEN: Open Easter wknd (Fri-Mon), then May-Sep, Fri-Mon 12.30-17.00, last entry 16.15; gardens and coffee shop same days, 11.00-17.00. Holiday cottages on estate. Events.
Tel: 01573 410225   Web: www.mellerstain.com  

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© Martin Coventry)
Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© The Mellerstain Trust)

The best Adam house in Scotland, Mellerstain House is a magnificent castellated mansion house in beautiful landscaped grounds and colourful gardens with a fabulous series of rooms in largely unaltered Adam style.

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© Martin Coventry)

There was probably a tower or old house here, and ‘Mailerstains’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of The Merse. This was replaced by Mellerstain House, designed by the architects William Adam and his more famous son, Robert. The wings of the house date from 1725, while the central block was not completed until 1778. 

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© Martin Coventry)

There are magnificent, largely unaltered interiors, especially in the library, music room (former dining room) and drawing room, with carefully designed proportions, classical plasterwork and friezes, and glowing colours. The great gallery is another outstanding chamber.

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: Library (© The Mellerstain Trust)
Ceiling of library, Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: Library ceiling (© The Mellerstain Trust)
Drawing room, Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: Drawing Room (© The Mellerstain Trust)

The house has a large collection of art, as well as a colourful terraced garden, and stands in 200 acres of parkland with a large pond and extensive woodland.

View from across the pond of Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: view across the pond (© Martin Coventry)
Grounds of Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: grounds (© Martin Coventry)
Grounds of Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: pond (© Martin Coventry)

The lands of Mellerstain were mentioned in 1451, when they were given to the Halyburton family by James II. At the end of the 15th century they were held by the Haitlie family until about 1640 when they were given to the Edmonstones of Ednam, then in 1642 passed to the Baillies of Jerviswood, a property near Lanark. 

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© The Mellerstain Trust)

The family were Covenanters and Robert Baillie was arrested for treason and sentenced to death. The Baillies were ruined after being heavily fined and then forfeited, although their fortune was restored in 1691 after the overthrow of James VII.

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© Martin Coventry)

Mellerstain was built for George Baillie of Jerviswood, and was home to Lady Grisell Home (now better known as Grisell Baillie), who in her youth was involved in the intrigues of the Covenanting times. She is well known as a poet and for her Household Accounts, an insight into the workings of stately home in the 18th century. 

Gardens and lake, Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House: gardens and lake (© The Mellerstain Trust)

Mellerstain passed by marriage to Charles Hamilton, Lord Binning, eldest son of the Earl of Haddington, and was owned by the Baillie-Hamiltons, Earls of Haddington, until 1987, who moved here from Tyninghame House. The property is now managed by The Mellerstain Trust.

Mellerstain House, a fine castellated Adam mansion with a stunning and largely original Adam interior, set in beautiful gardens and expansive landscaped grounds. Mellerstain House (© Martin Coventry)

The house is said to be haunted, but the manifestations are said to be friendly rather than frightening.

Search also from Menu Bar

(sites, places, clans, names, Outlander, films, dates)

GOBLINSHEAD ONLINE SHOP

(coming soon…)

Contact

Goblinshead

Cockenzie House
22 Edinburgh Road
Cockenzie

EH32 0HY

 

Email: info@thecastlesofscotland.co.uk

 

Or use our contact form.

Print Print | Sitemap
© Martin Coventry