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Duff House

The Barnyards, Banff AB45 3SX, Scotland
+44 (0)1261 818 181
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wedding was excellent and very nice surroundings - very well looked after but must visit on a tourist basis

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Large play area for children of all ages. Food and service was fantastic, gift shop was good. Food was local and shop has local produce.

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Whitehills, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must for anyone who likes our Heritage. Not far along the coast is Cullen House as well. There are many other interesting places to visit, quaint fishing villages being a very good trip for a day or more to visit. The Whisky Trail is also on the doorstep.

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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Spent an enjoyable afternoon after a light lunch in the charming restaurant. The staff were very friendly and the shop was very good. Always a good sign if I spend money there. The film about the restoration was very informative and provided quite a few answers. A lovely time spent round wandering through the rooms, admiring the works of art,... More

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Aberdeen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The welcome DVD tells you that Duff House was a mess until Historic Scotland hugely refurbished it, and took a selection of paintings from the National Gallery for Scotland to cover the walls. True there are some magnificent paintings ..............but the entire house feels fragmented, a random selection of things on display (rather than a coherent home) Worth a visit... More

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Cavan, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable couple of hours looking around this house. The information paddles supplied in each room are a great idea as they allow you to find out what you are looking at. The staff were very friendly & were able to answer questions with a good degree of knowledge.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We went specifically to see Olivia Irvine's Art Exhibition - Being Somewhere - (on until 27 July), In particular I liked the "White Dress" painting. Duff House has been restored and is a beautiful Georgian House with some nice paintings, lovely old furnishings and an interesting history. We were introduced to Duff House with a short but very informative video.... More

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Naples, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Only rated 4 (of 5) since we did not do the interior tour. It is a magnificent house from the outside, surrounded by park and golf course. The site is well marked with a good car park. There's a small picnic area and playground for the little ones by the car park.

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Dufftown, United Kingdom
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260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

A well signposted route gave us the option of disabled parking but we chose to go to the regular car park and walk from there. We're glad we did as the wow factor is considerable when you turn the corner and suddenly this incongruously splendid house appears in front of you. We were welcomed cordially and watched a short video... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We could only find one tea room in Macduff which was upstairs with no disabled access so we drove over the bridge to Banff and saw a sign for Duff House, tearoom and shop. So we drove in and were immediately lost, there were signs saying tea room but no arrows pointing the way. Finally we parked about 150 yards... More

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