One of Britain’s heritage treasures
Set deep in the heart of Robert Burns country, Dumfries House too has a rather poetic and romantic soul.
William Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, filled the house with the most luxurious furnishings and beautiful artworks as a means of attracting a suitable wife. Like a Bower Bird that attracts a mate by having the most eye catching nest, he succeeded, and in 1792 he married Ann Duff.
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Dumfries House has been a family home ever since, both lived in and loved like any other home, and now open to the public, to be enjoyed for many more years to come. Everyone can now visit and experience 250 years of living history; from the most luxurious bedrooms, dining rooms and drawing rooms, down to the tiniest and most intriguing details like the love message etched with a diamond ring into one of the windows, the hidden door behind one of the tapestries and of course the rather smelly ghost that can often make its presence known!
Dumfries House also has an excellent estate of over two thousand acres in which you can wander and come upon many other hidden delights, including the Adam Bridge, the Old Water-Powered Saw Mill, the Temple Gate House and the Walled Garden. Each of these is a project that requires restoration, and each restoration project will need funding, much of which we are still in dire need of. Your visit, and your support are vital to the ongoing existence of this fabulous house.