The cafe and Stables are rapidly nearing completion. In fact only today the kitchen worktops arrived from Porcelanosa who are fitting the kitchens out for us.
Café to Coach-house
"They write from Cumnock, in the shire of Ayr, that on the 27th of April The Duke of Rothesay re-launched the magnificent house, first built in 1759, called Dumfries House. Many persons of distinction and importance to the local community were in attendance and the Prince was taken on a tour of the house where he was introduced to the many craftspeople involved. A large tent had been pitched to receive the company, who witnessed a glorious afternoon attended by music from a grand piano. Many toasts were drunk and kind words were spoken to the craftspeople who joined the guests in the celebrations and sincere wishes for success to the work and prosperity to the great undertaking. In the evening the house was lit with candles and the whole ceremony concluded with a dinner."
In the above paragraph I have ‘borrowed’ the tone and some of the words which were used in an article, which first appeared in the Scots Magazine in 1754. The article reported on the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone at Dumfries House on the 18th July 1754 to which the 5th Earl of Dumfries had invited the great and the good and honoured the workmen who had been hired to construct his magnificent new building.
Wedding planner Charles finds time for Scots couple
The Guide and VSA team is settling in well.
Jill Bone has joined as a Tour Guide, with Kate Naczk and Mari Monaghan taking up roles as Visitor Services Assistants. They do a fantastic job guiding groups around the house. The amount of knowledge required to deliver a tour is enormous, and these folk make it look so easy. They really bring the house to life and are a wealth of knowledge, their passion for the passion shines through in everything they do
Much excitement has been had at the house when the BBC came to film the workings of Dumfries House for a new series titled ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage’.
The series will transmit on BBC1 on Sunday night between July and September 2011 and will feature some of Britain’s best kept secrets including Dumfries House! Many of our Scottish contributors who have been involved in the restoration were able to take part as did the household staff. Presenter Paul Martin (presenter of Flog It!) travelled to the house on two separate occasions and also met HRH The Prince of Wales for a conversation about the famous and now beautifully restored Chippendale bed and about heritage led regeneration in general.
Charles Meets Another Happy Couple
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Charles meets another happy couple
Since its opening to the general public in June 2008 the Dumfries House Trust has undertaken a colossal amount of research into the collection and into the built fabric of this beautiful 18th century Palladian mansion.