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House of Dun

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Address: Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
Phone Number: 441674810624
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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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 1 week ago 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 

Laurencekirk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The House of Dun is located in extensive grounds. We enjoyed a lovely walk through almost tropical grounds along the stream. The gardens are quite extensive but well maintained pathways. Lots of steps to negotiate on the walk we did, but parklands, house and cafe have good access. The children loved the lush growth and a paddle in the river.... More 

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

Many thanks for your review of the grounds cafe etc. Look forward to seeing you again at House of Dun More 

Ellon, Aberdeenshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this historic house. The rooms are well furnished and it has the feel of a family home rather than a draughty, austere empty mansion but my visit was marred by the overly hard sales pitch for National Trust membership when I went to buy my entrance ticket. I am aware that there are many benefits derived from membership... More 

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

Thanks for your comments Pleased you enjoyed your visit to Dun and look forward to welcoming you back More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the House of Dun tea room on a sunny June afternoon. We were not disappointed. We arrived too early for afternoon but that was absolutely no problem. We also wanted tea for three not two. This was also a request they happily fulfilled. The staff were very helpful and very happy. The afternoon tea was abundant and delicious.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unlike some places most rooms are accessible and interesting. A unique picture of the Erskine's family and items from many periods in history. The house has an eclectic collection of furniture and pictures and decor. Early pieces from 1300 from their original tower house through to more recent purchases from 1700s and newer still Victoriana from the Lady Augusta regeneration... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Guided tour by Tom,a well informed young man.Questions welcomed & given helpful answers.Furnishings in house 80% original.House extremely well presented

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

Its now July and the gardens and grounds are at their best. Thank you for your review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

The house of Dun do fanatic days out for Christmas, Easter, etc. Always worth visiting! Great day out with young kids, sometimes they have a few stalls too so can be nice for us oldies too ;)

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

A beautiful National Trust property with something for all ages. The house tour was excellent (it is a new updated tour) and very interesting. There was a fairy hunt (a fairy hidden in most rooms) to keep the kids (and adults) occupied. There is a lovely tea shop which serves cakes and light snacks (soup, sandwiches and jacket potatoes). Walking... More 

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

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review on your recent visit to The National Trust for Scotland's House of Dun. I am delighted that you enjoyed our new tour of the house, we have been receiving great feedback from visitors. I hope the "kids" enjoyed the fairy hunt. Once again many thanks and look forward to welcoming... More 

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