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House of Dun

Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
0844 493 2144
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Montrose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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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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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We enjoyed the hour-long tour given by the informative guide, Rudi, when we visited. It was not too in-depth, which suited our tastes. The only issue was the poor surface on the access road. Thank goodness we were members otherwise we would have had to have paid £10.50 each!

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Oban, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Beautiful and historic house and grounds. Adventure playpark and gardens. Cafe being refurbished, good shop for unusual gifts.

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Ryton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were pleased to see how carefully the house had been restored. Plaster work in one of the rooms was particularly interesting. Walled garden was imaginatively designed, matching the symmetery which was a particular feature of the design of the house.

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Aboyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Who wouldn't love a 'fruitful salad' and lots of 'tickle pickle?' I do hope that after its refurbishment the café opens with Janet in situ. The house and grounds are beautiful but there is added comedy genius watching the café staff cower under the watchful eye of the house's real 'treasure' Janet.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

What a beautiful house and informed guide. On arrival we went for a walk around the amazing garden and then the woodland walk a perfect 4km stroll. After lunch in the grounds we joined the tour around the house ( you cannot walk around on your own) a well informed guide opened up the history of the house and beauty... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

It was the Bank holiday weekend & due to traffic, we only got to the house just before 4.00pm which was just in time for the last tour of the House. Built by William Adam in 1730, he loved symmetry. Some very unusual feature. The guide was very good and tried to answer all our questions. From upstairs you get... More

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