ONE of the Borders’ most historic homes can now be enjoyed for free by members of the National Trust for Scotland.

National Trust for Scotland is a charity that protects Scotland’s national and natural treasures.

Now members can enjoy the exquisite Paxton House in Berwickshire free of charge.

Conservation charity members can explore all that the Palladian mansion has to offer, including its nationally significant collection of Chippendale and Trotter furniture and masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

And children can enjoy the Teddy Trail that runs throughout the house.

Paxton House is owned and managed by Paxton Trust, a charitable trust that also manages the 80-acre estate set on the banks of the Tweed.

In the extensive grounds there are gardens, woodland, an adventure playpark and even a den building area, plus the Stables Tearoom and the Regency Gift shop.

Ian Marrian, Chairman of the Paxton Trust, said: “The team at Paxton House are excited to share this Borders treasure with members of the National Trust for Scotland and we look forward to welcoming them soon.”

National Trust for Scotland members can now show their valid membership upon arrival for free access to Paxton House.

Mark Bishop, Director of Customer & Cause for the National Trust for Scotland, said: “We’re so pleased that Paxton House is throwing its doors open to our members who will love its beautiful collections and interiors, and gorgeous grounds.

“This gives our members even more reason to explore the Borders and the beautiful places we protect here, for the love of Scotland.”

Also protected by the National Trust for Scotland are St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve, Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen, and Harmony Gardens in Melrose.