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Duff House

The Barnyards, Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
+44 (0)1261 818 181
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Ranked #4 of 7 attractions in Banff
Type: Historic Sites, Golf Courses
Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most... more » Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most important buildings in the North. The foundation stone was laid on the 11th June 1735 and the building was finished five years later, although it took over 100 years to complete the interior. Duff House is a jewel set in a stunning triangle of coast, river and parkland. There is a tea room and shop on ground-floor level, as well as temporary exhibitions by visiting artists and societies. « less
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Wonderful collection of art and antiques including a few real gems. Good tea room & very friendly staff. Definitely recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Quite a wonderful hidden gem. Duff House shows off the best of the Adams style and felt so much better than many of the more overly commercialised great houses Britain has to offer. In one room I was asked by a guide if I played the piano and offered the one in the corner to play - never had I... More

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Banff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There's more to Duff House than just the house. In itself it's worth a visit for the Adam design house and wonderful furnishings, including Chippendale benches, but there'a also a lovely children's play area which is a real sun trap on a fine day and a woodland walk which varies from season to season with beautiful snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells... More

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banff
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

lovely old mansion house with a lot off history,with a good art collection,play park and plenty parking.

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Scotland
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Duff House has wonderful history and has been fully restored to a beautiful mansion house. The staircase at the front of the house is stunning and you can imagine the servants lined up on either side waiting to greet the Lord and Lady of the House as they arrive. The National Galleries of Scotland have provided art works in every... More

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Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The exterior of Duff House is absolutely stunning. The art works inside I found to be disappointing; National Galleries of Scotland must keep their best selection for Edinburgh. Duff House also provides a classic example of one of the less attractive characteristics of Scottish tourist hospitality – the early closing teashop. We visited one afternoon in October noting the boards... More

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Cupar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Duff house has a wonderful story to tell and we spent about two and a half hours there .We are members of Historic Scotland and didn't have to pay so that was even better . They also have a really nice café with helpful staff which serves high teas if you wanted. All round a lovely morning spent there.

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is a lovingly restored mansion house and is now an art gallery displaying some of the great works of art on loan from The National Galleries of Scotland. The house has had a checkered past but was rescued and now has been furnished with exquisite antiques which have recreated the heart and sole of this Stately Home. The tour... More

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Leslie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

If you are looking for something different this is a different visit. The house has been brilliantly restored and although not furnished with originals from the house there is enough to give you the impression of what it must have been like. There are some beautiful works of art on display and this was one of the attractions for me.... More

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The house although quite nice it is not the best we have visited recently. The staff that worked there were helpful and friendly but I thought the artwork and other items were a bit thrown together. Most of the items in the house were not from or anything to do with the house, they were items from the National Trust... More

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