Dumfries House from the Outside
It is not just the contents that shine brightly, the House itself is beautiful to look upon
A fabulous example of the Palladian style of mansion, the approach to Dumfries House on foot on a quiet and sunny morning is itself a distinct pleasure. The arresting sight of the beautiful stonework draped in roses and sunshine as you crest the sloping driveway is idyllic.
The House, like the estate, feels in sympathy with nature. It doesn’t shout “Look how grand I am!”...it doesn’t need to. There is a subtle, almost chaste quality about the House and the estate which offers both a warm welcome, and an invitation to calmly linger and walk with a friendly step.
Designed and executed by the much respected Scottish architect Robert Weir Schultz at the beginning of the 20th Century, the extensions to the pavilions either side of the House were done so sympathetically and with such a ‘friendly step’ that one can almost imagine him falling in love with Dumfries House on sight and wanting to preserve its heritage and modesty.
Weir Schultz believed that architecture should be based in reasonable building and the straight forward use of materials and construction – art taking care of itself. Rather than espousing novelty, his work grew out of the particular needs of each building and its site, in what we might term in modern parlance “an organic way”.