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House of Dun

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Address: Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
Phone Number: 441674810624
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Sat - Wed 12:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 the splendid Victorian gardens and woodlands, this elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.

The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooded den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve.

We have moved away from the traditional tour where we would be describing in detail the family, house and collection, our tour now centres on the key players in the history of the house, and the part they played.

There will be many opportunities during the tour to discover for yourself the architecture and hidden gems within the house.

The first tour starts at 12.15 and thereafter every 45 minutes, the last tour is 4.00pm

During April, May, June and September the last Sunday of each month we open the house to freeflow, where you can visit the house and at your leisure take time to enjoy the marvelous collection of ceramics, needlework, plasterwork, artwork and of course grand architecture

In July and August every Sunday is freeflow.

What to See and Do

You’ll hear about the trials and tribulations faced by William Adam in designing and building the house, discover the ornate plasterwork – originally the work of Joseph Enzer, who had made a name for himself with decorative plasterwork in a number of grand Scottish houses – and unearth eccentric period equipment such as the ‘boot bath’ from the 1800s.

However, a visit to the House of Dun is about more than just the house. To the east of the house is a rectangular walled garden and there are more gardens to the south, separated from the surrounding countryside by a ha-ha, a vertical drop intended to allow for open views while keeping the sheep out.

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Charmong old building and gardens

Enjoyed the tour of the property and especially wandering round the gardens. Not the best stately home I've been to but well worth a visit if your in the area.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sam12340
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Aberdeen
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Aberdeen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed the tour of the property and especially wandering round the gardens. Not the best stately home I've been to but well worth a visit if your in the area.

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Glasgow, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely house and a fascinating family story. Our guide was Tom who never failed to answer any questions put to him, very knowledgeable indeed. If you are a lover of ceramics, as I am, then this is the place for you. Nice tearoom as well.

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Owned by the national trust. This is a pleasant estate house to visit. The upstairs downstairs environment well presented by staff/volunteers that obviously love their job. Up/downstairs displays in the rooms are excellent. If you have time there is a beautiful large V shape landscaped valley with exotic plants and trees, well worth doing. (Country walking shoes, boots and depending... More 

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Mersea Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great historic site well maintained. We had an excellent guide who had encyclopaedic knowledge of the house and its history.

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Glasgow, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to House of Dun and it won't be our last. Landed on a day with no guided tour - check beforehand if you are planning a visit. Despite this all of the staff were helpful in answering our questions, also had a guide book. Loved the story about the murderous relatives. Bought some plants at very reasonable prices.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made a return visit to House of Dun this week after not having visited for many years. We enjoyed a walk round the beautiful walled garden while we were waiting for our guided tour of the house to begin. Our tour guide was a delightful young girl who had a great sense of humour as well as a super... More 

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ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Hi Delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the property and grounds. The staff really try hard to make sure everyone enjoys their day out to Dun Best wishesa nd look forward to welcoming you in the future More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here on our first full day in Angus. Precise and detailed conducted tour for half a dozen fellow tourists. Very interesting aspects to the house and contents. The cafe is to be admired in the quality of the food and efficiency of the staff.

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Thank MuchtravelledIV
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and compliments regarding the property and café Delighted that you enjoyed your visit, hopefully a great start to your visit to the county. More 

Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

My wife and I visited the House Of Dun on our way to Dundee and we were so glad we did. The house was fabulous, particularly the fantastic plasterwork on some of the ceilings. All the staff were so helpful. We also enjoyed a lovely lunch at the café.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Although we arrived on a day when the house was closed, the staff who were on deep cleaning duties, directed us to visit the grounds & opened up the room with the coffee vending machine, they also phoned the other NT sites we had planned to visit to confirm they were open for us.

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Thank Bill J
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review I am sorry we were closed on the day you came to visit. I hope you will come back soon and see the interior of the house, well worth the visit. More 

Edinburgh
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Can I start by saying that I've never left a less than five star review on Trip Advisor, and that House of Dun was one of my favourite places when growing up in the region. We decided to return today after a gap of some twenty years, and were first of all greeted by a "pay and display"machine in the... More 

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ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Sorry to hear about the unruly family on your tour of the house. I agree the tour guide should have been firmer with the family, and can fully appreciate how this would detract from your visit. I will speak with the staff and ensure firmer controls in place, thanks for letting us know about this. Car parking is standard at... More 

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