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House of Dun

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Address: Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
Phone Number: 0844 493 2144
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Description: This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David...
This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session. House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes’ drive from Aberdeen. Set amongst 368 hectares of splendid Victorian gardens and woodlands, this elegant home has a truly spectacular setting. It now hosts the NTS Hutchison and Stirling collections, some of the finest paintings and furniture in the Trust’s ownership.
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Special Afternoon

What an afternoon I had here, I arrived about 14.30, not another car in the car-park, I even wondered if it was open. After taking a few pictures I made my way to the shop to buy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2014
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

What an afternoon I had here, I arrived about 14.30, not another car in the car-park, I even wondered if it was open. After taking a few pictures I made my way to the shop to buy a few things and go home. The girl on duty asked if I would like a tour of the house, I was so... More 

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Ayrshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This was our first visit to House of Dun to see Santa. The staff in the main house were very friendly and welcoming and the event was really well organised and well worth the £5. Our little girl loved the experience. Went to the café after to have some lunch - some customer training could be done for the front... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Not at all impressed with the reception we received at this NTS property. As a family member, with two names on membership card, made to produce both tickets on the basis that the second ticket could have been lent to someone else. This is the first time ever that this has happened. Reception staff not at all welcoming, informed straight... More 

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Houseofdun, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

I am really sorry you decided to leave without visiting the interior of the house, I can assure it is as impressive as the grounds. Again sorry if you felt the guide had overstepped the mark. If you had read the visitor guide to Scottish properties or on the website you would see the availability of opening times and indeed... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We dropped on the House of Duns whilst in the area. We had a wonderful tour of the house by an amusing knowledgeable gentleman who obviously enjoyed his job. No pressure re the tickets although it did make sense to join the trust in order to keep these wonderful Places accessible to all . I would certainly recommend a visit.

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Tayport
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

House of Dun is an excellent place to visit. There are normally tours but the day we went, we were able to walk around on our own. There were guides available who could answer questions. This place had been recommended to me and now that I have been I can understand why. Definitely an interesting place to visit.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Only the lack of a tea room (it reopens next year! Poor planning perhaps.) loses this house a star. If you are interested at all in Georgian architecture and interiors and in particular those of William Adam, father of Robert this is a must visit place. Certainly the best presented we have seen this year. It is in remarkable condition... More 

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Houseofdun, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and compliments about the house and collection. Our sincere apologies about the cafe not being open, it was the intention to have it open for this season, but with the challenges of a grade "A" listed building and archeological issues sadly was not to be!! The photography I fully agree with and I know that... More 

Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland
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107 reviews 107 reviews
50 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Our initial impression was poor. When buying our tickets we were told we had to leave handbags etc behind in a locked safe, and were told all the things that we weren't to do - touch things and take photographs. There had been recent thefts so this was not unreasonable but it could have been done with more grace and... More 

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Houseofdun, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

I am sorry that your reception was not up to your standards and the general presentation of the property was also agreeable. Unfortunately and to bring balance to this review I have to say it is contraray to almost very other review and feed back we receive. The property a couple of years ago was the subject of targeted thefts... More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The House of Dun stands overlooking the Montrose basin, the work of William Adam, father of the more-famous Robert. It is charming 18th century house, immaculately maintained, with domestic sized rooms and such features as the spectacular plasterwork in the saloon. The marriage of one of the Erskine family to the illegitimate daughter of William IV,adds an unusual twist to... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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145 reviews 145 reviews
29 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a lovely old house that has been wonderfully restored back to its original splendour - it is worth seeing the plaster designs on the ceiling in the first room on the ground floor. Kids were well occupied with the find-the-fairy task! Walled garden is also lovely!

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

a great experience. The house" lives and breathes" You can feel the presence of the various people who have lived in it. The restoration has been exceptionally good and sympathetic. A wonderful experience. The guide was superb.

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