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“Lovely place to take your visitors” 4 of 5 stars
Review of House of Dun

House of Dun
Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
0844 493 2144
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Montrose
Type: Historic Sites
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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.
Montrose, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely place to take your visitors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

It's always got varied events on the calendar. i really like the snowdrop walk, plant sales, and has a great restaurant, run by janet, who's a great cook, and a lovely lady.

Visited August 2012
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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“Lots to see and enjoy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

There is a great deal to see at the House of Dun and one could spend many hours there. The drive up to the car park is rather off putting with many potholes to try to avoid. The car park is close to the start of the woodland walk and, partly because it wasn't raining when we arrived, we decided to do that first. It is a wonderful walk alongside a river with lots of paths to explore, one crossing the river on a rather spectacular bridge. Great place to take photographs. If there were nothing else to see, the woodland walk itself would make the visit well worth it, but there is much more. The house could be seen with a guided tour only and no photography here. Tickets were from a shop in the courtyard. Tour times were advertised and we made the mistake of turning up at the time that suited us best only to be told that tour was full and we had to wait 30 minutes for the next one. There is lots to do in the courtyard. The cafe serves meals and is quite good but slightly disappointing - for example the 'home baking' probably wasn't. There is an interesting craft shop selling local products, plants were for sale in the courtyard with an honesty box for the money, there was also a place where linen was weaved on a handloom and the products sold. From the courtyard one could make a short walk to the walled garden which was very attractive. The path to the garden has excellent views over Montrose basin. The guided tour of the house was just over an hour long and the guide we had was informative and interesting. An intriguing feature of the house, which is worth looking out for, is the symmetry that the architect has built in - this is clear as one approaches the house - but inside the symmetry has been taken to extremes so there are some dummy doors just to preserve symmetry. There are also some tapestries which are much older than the house and the room in which they hang must have been designed to exhibit them. There was a special exhibition of paintings, including some by the Scottish Colourists, which was delightful although our guide didn't know anything about the paintings. The tour ends in the kitchens and the servants rooms - an interesting contrast with other parts of the house. My advice would be to plan your visit, and get tickets for a tour time that suits you when you first arrive.

Visited August 2012
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“House of Dun, Gardens and Cafe”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Wonderful hous;, attentive guides; gardens in summer very well presented with some nice nooks and corners for quiet moments. Lady Augusta's Walk is worth the small detour although some parts could be challenging for older visitors. a warning about that would be helpful beforehand. look out for the retro music centre in the gallery room. some good peploe and cadell in there.

The cafe is another matter. no choice (they couldn't even offer a slice of toast as an alternative to cream cakes - what do diabetics eat there?), poor service, too expensive. guts of a tenner for 2 teas, 2 scones and a hot chocolate. run by a rude franchisee who makes you feel like a trespasser.

take a picnic.

Visited July 2012
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Inverness, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

My wife and I visited this National Trust for Scotland property, for the first time, recently

We really enjoyed our visit to the House and the various linked shops and the cafe.

The visit to the property started with a nice welcome by the Staff Member on duty and was followed up by an excellent tour of the house taken by a very knowledgable guide. We also enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and some home baking in the cafe served by an efficient and helpful lady with an American accent.

It is a pity that this property doesn't get as many visitors as it is a most interesting example of the architecture of the time and has links to the Royal Family.

The only down side was the private roadway from the highway to the house. I understnd that the potholes have been filled in already but they really need attention. This could be putting some people off from visiting.

Visited June 2012
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Tranquil Setting with beautiful views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012 via mobile

We got in free with our new NTSC cards, which we had purchased the week before over the Internet (cheaper than the English NT and it covers England, Scotland,Wales & NI, whereas the English NT doesn't cover Scotland)
Started with a fantastic tour with a very knowledgeable guide, this lasted just over an hour.
Had lunch in the cafe and the atmosphere of the room was very gentile . Food was very good and the service very friendly.
The gardens were exceptional , however, it was raining so we didn't do any of the walks.
The was also a Linen and Tweed looms, but were not working at the time, you could also buy the Linen and tweed wares.
A small craft gallery is also of interest.

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