“Welcome to Monteviot, my family home, and the official home of the Marquis of Lothian and the Kerr family. As its name suggests it sits above a winding stretch of the River Teviot, a major tributary of the great Border river Tweed which it joins at Kelso some eight miles to the East, and astride the legendary Dere Street the main Roman road into Scotland from the city of York.
Unlike many other historic homes Monteviot is not a sort of museum or art gallery but a living breathing family residence surrounded by much loved gardens. My family are very fortunate to live amongst wonderful works of art and furniture collected over the generations including my own. They help to tell the story of the house since the first part of it was built about 1700, but also the story of my family over these last four centuries and of the part that we have played in the life of our nation, firstly Scotland and then after the Act of Union the United Kingdom.
In Victorian times the gardens were extensive and formal. They have been substantially recreated in my time into a rather more personal expression of what a Borders garden in the twenty first century can add to a family home.
I hope that you will be able to share through this website some of the enjoyment and pleasure that Monteviot brings to my family and me.“