Monteviot House and Gardens



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Monteviot Gardens has a number of distinct interconnecting areas of innovative designs and ideas. The River Garden, designed by Percy Cane, has sweeping lawns leading down to the Teviot and differing herbaceous borders providing overall colour; the Winter Garden features plants that display vivid colours in winter and displays of fritillarias in spring; the walled Rose Garden, with river views, provides intoxicating scents in the summer months; the Herb Garden, with lavender borders and Victorian box hedges, grows herbs used in the house kitchens – in early June, the Albertine roses are in full bloom. The Arboretum, originally an early Victorian Pinetum, includes broadleaves as well, and in spring there are carpets of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells. The Laburnam Tunnel was created for the Millennium celebrations but the latest addition, and opened in 2016, is the Garden of Persistent Imagination with its stone structures and specialist plant choices.

Monteviot House and Gardens


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Gardens open Apr-Oct, 12-5; House open 1-29 Jul, 1-5

About the area

Discover Scottish Borders

Southern Scotland is often referred to as the Lowlands, to distinguish it from the mountainous grandeur of the North-West Highlands. But don’t be fooled by the description. In places, the landscape can be anything but flat. This is a different Scotland to the rest of the country in terms of character and identity but, in terms of scenery, no less spectacular and just as fascinating.

Jedburgh, despite its turbulent history, is a peaceful country town beside the serpentine Jed Water, with only the abbey walls hinting at its former grandeur. One of the most elegant of the Border towns is Kelso, with its wide cobbled square at its heart. A poignant fragment is all that remains of Kelso Abbey, once the largest of the Border abbeys, destroyed by the English in 1545.

Like most towns and villages in the area, Melrose developed on the back of the tweed and knitwear industry, which brought wealth to the Scottish Borders, utilising the distinctive, Roman-nosed Cheviot Hill sheep and the availability of water power for the looms. Head to Peebles to shop for locally made knitwear and enjoy the peace and fresh air, where walks, trails and cycleways lead into the wooded countryside.


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