Floors Castle is a palatial Georgian home, originally built between 1721 and 1726 by William Adam for the first Duke of Roxburghe. He was awarded his title of duke by Queen Anne for helping to promote the Act of Union between England and Scotland. The castle sits in the 56,000 acre Roxburgh estate.
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The castle was remodelled in the 19th century with a chateau style roof scape of spires and domes. It is the largest inhabited mansion in Britain.
The 8th duchess, May Goelet, collected furniture, artwork, and tapestries and was responsible for much of the interior decoration. In the apartments are Brussels and Gobelins tapestries and a superb art collection including paintings by Reynolds and Gainsborough. Modern artists include Matisse, Redon and Bonnard. The castle holds an outstanding collection of 18th century French furniture and Fabergé ornaments.
In the parkland and grounds are wooded walks and a nature trail. Wildlife and rare trees can be seen. A walled garden has flowers, fruit and vegetables, roses and herbaceous borders.
On the outskirts of Kelso, Borders, off A6089, overlooking River Tweed
Tel. 0 1573 223 333
Open: Easter, then May-end Sep, daily, 1-5pm; last admission one hour before closing; first 3 weeks Oct, 10.30am-3.30pm
Historic Houses Association member; restaurant; coffee shop; shop; picnic area; children’s play area; garden centre; special events
Web: Floors Castle
Photos © by Barbara Ballard