Summer outing to Paxton House
Coach Visit | The bus will leave from Saltire Court
Thursday 18 June 2015 - 09:00 until 17:00
One of the most perfect Palladian houses in Britain, Paxton House not only has wonderful furniture, plasterwork, paintings and gardens but a romantic and dramatic history to rival any Scottish country house. It was built by John Adam in the late 1750s and early 1760s to welcome the German bride of a young Berwickshire gentleman. Patrick Home met the beautiful Sophie de Brandt at the court of her father, Frederick the Great of Prussia. They fell in love but Sophie was only permitted to marry Patrick if he remained in Berlin. Patrick’s mother strongly disapproved of the match and threatened to disinherit him if he stayed in Germany. But then she was murdered, it is said by her butler, and Patrick returned to Scotland to look after his estates. Paxton was the house he built to woo his German princess. But she was never allowed to come and Patrick remained a bachelor until his death.
the group leave Edinburgh at 9 am arriving in time for coffee at around 10.30 am. The Committee Chair, James Holloway will guide the group round one of the best collections of furniture by both Chippendale and Trotter, ceilings by Robert Adam and rare views of the West Indies where much of the family money was earned, as well as the magnificent Picture Gallery which is now hung with some seventy paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland. They include masterpieces by Ramsay, Wilkie and Raeburn.
You may bring a packed lunch to be taken in the gardens or alternatively, may buy lunch in Paxton’s Stables Café where a selection of freshly made lunch dishes are available for under £10. Should you choose this option we recommend booking a table (please request their details when booking you ticket for this event). There is a gift shop where you can browse some quality items from local producers.
This event has been organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.