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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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Reviewed yesterday

This is a lovely very interesting house which has been restored beautifully with many of the original furnishings and paintings which were discovered in the attic when the owner passed away and had bequeathed the house to the National Trust in 1980.

Thank Lucydebra29
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This symmetrically designed house by Robert Adam is well worth a visit. The tour guide gave us an informative account of the Erskine family for whom the house was built. There was quite a large group for the guide to contend with but we felt...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s good of them to open the gardens until dusk, but they seem to have forgotten to mention on their website that parking is £3. It was worth it for the loop walk through then glen, but not for the small formal garden alone.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting house, beautiful walled garden and grounds. Great coffee shop, gift shop and helpful staff. Unfortunately we arrived about 3.45 pm and last tour of house was at 3.15 pm. Advised to visit again but not on Thursday or Friday.

Thank Pam D
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Not busy when we visited so we had Helen to ourselves on the tour. Brought the history alive and highlighted the different generations and the changes to the property. Beautifully maintained and the property is situated in beautiful green areas with an excellent walk and...More

Thank Graham B
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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

The tour was interesting and the guide very informative. Lovely setting and gardens. Easter egg hunt on for kids when we went. Lots to see. Nice wee cafe.

Thank towniegirlie
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Very good and interesting house tour taking about an hour. Guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. NTS often run simple events around tours - recently there has been a "fairy hunt" for younger visitors to spot in many of the rooms and record on a...More

Thank Chris W
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Guided tour only, but very good. Most interesting, I wanted more pictures but the camera battery was going flat. 😣 The gardens were nice as was the cake in the tearoom. ☺

Thank Ann-Victoria M
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Visits inside this house are by guided tour only but these are frequent throughout the day. Our tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly. The tour lasted about 45 minutes. The grounds are extensive and there must be some great walks though them (we didn't...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We visited House of Dun after family recommended the cafeteria for the best sandwich lunch. My husband was recovering from surgery & as we live fairly local decided we would give this recommendation a try, & we weren’t disappointed. We went firstly for a walk...More

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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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