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Newhailes

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh EH21 6SY, Scotland
+44 131 665 1546
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Discover 300 years of Scottish history through this magnificent and carefully conserved neo-Palladian villa. Newhailes is famed for having some of the finest rococo interiors in Scotland. There are sumptuous decorative details at every turn, from the gilded eagles over the drawing room windows to the exquisite Chinese wallpaper and imposing Italian marble fireplaces. A major part of the house's charm is its mellow feel. Newhailes has been allowed to grow old gracefully through a pioneering conservation policy which does 'as much as is necessary, but as little as possible' to keep the house in good order without disturbing its 'untouched' atmosphere.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good21%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Newhailes Road, Musselburgh EH21 6SY, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are a nice area to walk with the dogs even though the people who run the place appear to hate all dog owners which is odd considering the owner who donated the estate was apparently a dog lover. Could do with some bins...More

Thank Familyof4Scotland
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Familyof4Scotland We love our 4 legged friends and their owners at Newhailes and always welcome and encourage responsible dog walking. We have two dog poo bins at both exits to Newhailes so dog mess can be deposited at the end or half way around...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to get a private tour with guise Wendy who was first class- the rooms were fascinating full of lots of history. I tend to like things restored but this is untouched and because of our guide Wendys knowledge of the place...More

1  Thank AntonioMacaronio3101
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear AntonioMacaronio3101, Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to Newhailes and we will certainly pass on your compliments to our guide Wendy. We hope you will visit us again in the future. Best wishes The Newhailes...More

Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic place, with original furniture, decor and antiquities. Such an atmospheric place that you could imagine yourself living there back in the 17c. But I have to say that everybody in our group jumped when, as we were walking around the bedrooms, there...More

Thank Madgeroon
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

Dear Marian W, Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed a rather eventful tour of Newhailes house. We will certainly pass on your compliments to Liz and the team. Regards the picture, we are pleased to say it is...More

Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Attended a Segway off-road excursion event and was delighted with the location. Lovely walks in typically well-preserved NTS grounds. Fabulous views across the Firth of Forth to the Bass Rock. Welcome coffee and scones in the cosy visitor centre cafe/restaurant afterwards. Weather was perfect and...More

1  Thank jimrobertwilson
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2017

Dear jimrobertwilson, Thank you for your kind review. We are very pleased to hear you had a great day out with Segway and enjoyed the grounds of Newhailes estate. We are certainly very lucky to be surrounded by such fantastic scenery! We hope you will...More

Reviewed October 3, 2017

Newhailes is not the polished and buffed house often found amongst National trust properties; instead the Trust has intervened minimally, and has left the house much as it was handed to them. You see what the last owner saw, including such poignant details as the...More

1  Thank Helen O
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017

Dear Helen O, Thank you for your lovely comments, we are very glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to Newhailes in the near future. All the best from the Newhailes Team.

Reviewed October 1, 2017

We expected this to be like many trips to historic houses but it was rather different. Many features of this house date back to the eighteenth century and have remained unchanged since then. After being very wealthy and powerful for c150 years the family became...More

Thank kaw32
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2017

Dear kaw32, Thank you for your lovely review! We are delighted to hear your visit exceeded expectations and we will certainly pass on your compliments to our staff. With regards to the restoration of our gardens, we are pleased to have received planning permission to...More

Reviewed September 16, 2017

If you elect to visit this house read up and clearly understand what you are getting ready to pay to see. I had a Scotland Trust pass. From my opinion I wish I had not gone. The grounds are very basic. The house, in my...More

Thank fssutton1
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Dear fssutton1, Thank you for your review and taking the time to give feedback on your experience and visit to Newhailes. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time spent at our visitor centre with shop and café in the stable courtyard. We strive...More

Reviewed September 5, 2017

Newhails House is just Beautiful, and you can have a Tour inside.Check with the National Trust for times and prices etc. You can access the Estate any time by 2 different entry points l by the New Estate opposite a garage that does MOT's or...More

Thank Angela L
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

Dear Angela L. Thank you for your lovely review and taking the time to share your experience. The visitor centre with shop and café is currently open Thursday-Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Sept & Oct) from 11-5pm until the 30th October 2017. We will...More

Reviewed September 3, 2017

I'm not a great fan of guided tours, but in the case of Newhailes, it was well worth doing a tour. We booked our tour time in advance, and the receptionist had all our details when we arrived. It is an incredibly interesting house, having...More

1  Thank DaveWGCook
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to Newhailes! The NTS conservation philosophy for Newhailes house is indeed 'as much as necessary and as little as possible.' This enables us to...More

Reviewed August 31, 2017 via mobile

Amazing look back in time as the house is preserved as it was years ago. Very informative guide who brought the family's stories to life. Lovely walks through the estate too and nice cafe and shop.More

Thank Jennie L
TeamNewhailes, General Manager at Newhailes, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2017

Dear Jennie L, Thank you for your kind 5*review and positive feedback on your entire visit to Newhailes house and estate. We strive to deliver a high quality and excellent visitor experience throughout the site and are delighted to hear you found the tour engaging...More

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carollovejoy
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Response from CristinaNH | Property representative |
Hi there, it is indeed possible, on the number 30 bus. Please visit our website for more info. All the best from the Newhailes Team
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