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House of Dun

Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
+44 1674 810624
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice looking house and gardens. Didnt see too much of the gardens due to the weather but can recommend the tour of the house. Staff member was very knowledgeable and gave a lovely guided tour. Plenty to see and ask about when in the house,...More

Thank Pamgraham1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there just in time for the last tour at 3.15 , Suzanne showed us around What a fantastic place it is , loads of interesting things to look at and she made it a very informative, and inspiring tour , well recommended, All...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to use as a base for sightseeing in the area. The stables have everything one could require and the house itself is well worth a visit.

Thank fsmjt
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on a rainy day and what a gem!.As we are members of the National trust it was free & well worth the visit. The guided tour was excellent do look at the lovely plaster work - some a little over the top!...More

Thank Carol G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good bit of local history here, with access to all the rooms in this country house. All rooms nicely presented and explained by knowledgeable tour guide, albeit a bit paranoid (don't touch the chairs!). Cost was £10.50 per skull for tour which lasted an hour...More

Thank LocalFoodieBoy
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit to House of Dun, there are a few observations you have made which are unfortunate and I would ask you to consider the following. The property you visited is cared for by Scotland’s largest conservation charity...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a wonderful afternoon, rained all day so me and wife decided to visit house,guide excellent, reception excellent and cafe personel all did wonderful friendly work, pleasure to listen to guide, but all staff first class. Will be back on sunny day to take in...More

Thank james S
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your comments, look forward to you bringing the sun with you on your next visit

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live in Aberdeen and have driven past the House of Dun for years and this weekend we finally made the trip and we are delighted we did. The staff could not have been more welcoming , the ladies in the shop were very helpful,...More

Thank Ray D
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review and kind words Delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Dun, we have the whole summer ahead so please come back and see the gardens in full bloom Once again many thanks for your review

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yesterday we visited the House of Dun, a National Trust property not far from Montrose. It is a beautifully symmetrical Georgian house full of interesting features and antiques. We were given a conducted tour by guide, Tara, who made the whole experience come alive. Allow...More

Thank s3rjr
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and kind words, delighted that you enjoyed the property and tour of the house

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've never visited House of Dun before, do so this year! We had our first visit today, and it gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. The grounds are just stunning, the staff couldn't be more friendly or helpful, the lunch was excellent (and they had GF bread) !....More

Thank Simon B
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

How could we forget Ruby a beautiful black Labrador, she can visit any time she likes, oh and you guys are welcome also. Many thanks for review hope to see you back at Dun with Ruby soon

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit here. Lovely grounds and fascinating architecture at the house. Staff are welcoming and helpful. The guided tour was just right. Interesting facts with time to explore rooms and ask questions. Skilful and engaging guide. Highly reommended.

Thank Adrian E
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, delighted you enjoyed your visit

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