TWO rare days of tours are set to be hosted by the Earl of Haddington at Mellerstain House as part of the Borders Art Fair.

Lord Haddington will welcome visitors to the Private Views on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday 15, who will then be taken on a guided tour of the attraction by a member of the house guides.

The house is considered a work of art itself as it was designed by Robert Adam, and in fact houses a range of artwork by other well known artists, including Gainsborough, Nicolaes Maes, and Roubiliac.

George Baillie-Hamilton, the 14th Earl of Haddington said: "I'm thoroughly looking forward to welcoming these special tours back to Mellerstain House & Gardens.

"The tours which ran for the first time last year are a unique chance to take an in-depth look at the exquisite furniture, paintings and sculptures on display.

"Mellerstain has such an incredible arts heritage through, not only the 300 year old Adam designed architecture, but also the wonderful pieces displayed in the house.

"Working with the Borders Art Fair and as the home of the Borders Sculpture Park we are delighted to be continuing that association with the arts to this day."

Border Art Fair begins on Friday, March 13 at Springwood Park, Kelso, where over 60 artists, galleries and collective will gather, leading talks and workshops.

Organisers hope to exceed their attendance figures after last year's success - over 6,000 people attended the weekend fair.

Frances Fergusson, Borders Art Fair Director said: “These very special tours highlighting some of the historic art treasures at Mellerstain are a wonderful addition to our Borders Art Fair programme, which celebrates the finest contemporary art produced in and around the region.

"We’re delighted that Lord Haddington has given visitors another great reason to attend this year’s event.”

Admission to the Borders Art Fair is free, however tickets for the Private Views tour of Mellerstain House are £15.

Tickets for the tours can be purchased at