Glamping pods get Paxton green light

Plans have been revealed for a major new glamping pod tourism site on a Berwickshire country estate as efforts continue to raise funds to maintain the historic site.

By Paul Kelly
Friday, 29th April 2022, 1:54 pm
Updated Friday, 29th April 2022, 1:55 pm
The site of the proposed glamping pods is highlighted in red.
The site of the proposed glamping pods is highlighted in red.

Applicant Hermione Hoffmann, on behalf of the Paxton House Trust, has submitted a planning application to Scottish Borders Council seeking permission to build seven cabins with associated roads and landscaping at Tweedbraes, within the estate of Paxton House, five miles west of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The estate currently incorporates tours and events in the main house, a caravan park in walled gardens, a play park and small boathouse which can house small wedding ceremonies.

The brief of the new project is to create accommodation for families, couples and walkers and cyclists along the Tweed.

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The latest application comes after another recent planning bid was submitted to convert a disused bothy on the estate into a small wedding and events venue.

The report submitted with the application, from Galashiels-based Camerons Strachan Yuill Architects, says: “The development is part of a strategy to improve the public offering at Paxton, making it a more profitable enterprise which will help maintain the historic site.

“The glamping location was chosen because it is out of site of the main house and lawns and offers attractive views over the estate.

“Several pod types were considered but the Lune Valley design was chosen as it was deemed the most flexible in its offering – both for internal layouts and overall dimensions without compromising the overall look and feel.

“The form is also low impact on the landscape with the gable arrangement of the windows offering good views to the south while also providing a level of privacy between the pods. It has also proved popular and successful in other areas of Scotland.”

Paxton House was built between 1758 and 1766 by Patrick Home of Billie, under the supervision of James Nisbet.