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House of Dun

Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
+44 1674 810264
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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 10.45 and thereafter every 45 minutes, the last tour is 3.15pm 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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Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
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"national trust"
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"guided tour"
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"well worth a visit"
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"excellent tour"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"woodland walk"
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"walled garden"
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"upstairs downstairs"
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"craft shop"
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"nice wee cafe"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited today with my 12 and 9 year olds. I have to say we were a bit nervous about going around the house with a guide as the kids usually lose interest quite quickly. However the guide that we had by the name of...More

1  Thank mumoftwoAMG
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An Adam designed house out side Montrose. Well laid out with interesting family artefacts. Tours are all guided which adds to the overall visit. Our giide was Louise was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic to hear of the renovation on the property that my husband was...More

2  Thank Maureen M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb example of Adams architecture, The house is unusual in that the furnishings and fittings are all genuinely the way the house was used. The house overlooks Montrose basin where the owners could see their ships arriving. Not to be missed are the fantastic gardens....More

Thank Iain S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very interesting guided tour round this fascinating historic house. Lots of quirky features. Gardens and grounds are beautiful too and such a haven for wildlife.

Thank Kate Y
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a lovely 4km woodland walk on arrival (green arrow route) then took in a guided tour of the house. The tour guide was excellent, really knowledgeable and easily engaged with the group, cleverly linking paintings, chattels and family members to bring the experience to...More

Thank Kevin R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are members of the NT in England and took advantage of the reciprocal arrangement to gain free entry to the house. We took a guided tour which was excellent. The guide gave us background information then allowed us free time in each room to...More

Thank RITA653
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived 5 minutes after the last tour had started (thanks to incorrect information on our GPS). First, the receptionist kindly used her walki talki to arrange for us to join the tour a little late. I mentioned that my husband had been looking forward...More

Thank Kerry L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have recently visited House of Dun. The guided tour takes just over one hour. Our guide was Lynda who told us of the Erskine Family history over the last 250 year’s. Around 80% of the contents are from when the house...More

1  Thank 186518SandyB
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited house of dun for the first time after seeing the signpost to it for decades and were not disappointed. The NTS tour guide (Louise) was excellent and the hour long tour of the house went by very quickly. The gardens and setting lovely...More

Thank sandymathieson
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely elegant Georgian house well worth a visit. A great place for families and dogs. A tour of the house is well worth it. The grounds are spacious and pleasant to wonder through. The property includes a well established cafe providing a...More

Thank Robin S
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Gauldie74
2 July 2017|
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Response from ntsjohn M | Property representative |
Hi The gardens are free to visit and car parking is free if you area member, if not £2 fee applies for the days parking
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