Arniston House

Arniston House, Gorebridge: Hours, Address, Arniston House Reviews: 4.5/5

Arniston House
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Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Arniston Estate has been home to the Dundas family for more than four centuries and today is a working estate featuring a range of farming operations, forestry, fishing and visitor attraction activities. Arniston House is a magnificent Palladian style William Adam mansion house commissioned in 1724 by Robert Dundas. Arniston House welcomes hundreds of guests every year for guided tours, community events, weddings, corporate functions and more. With four charming holiday cottages available guests can enjoy 3 and 4 star accommodation in an idylic, peaceful countryside setting that is a mere 11 miles from Edinburgh. The perfect combination of country and city experiences. Nestled in the heart of Midlothian, Arniston House is 2 miles from rail and bus stops and a short 30 minute drive from city centre. It is a wonderful setting for weddings, company and corporate events. A day at Arniston is always a day well spent.
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Graeme Houston
Lanark, UK2 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
Worked in tourism most of my adult life, here in Scotland and also Myanmar, Tanzania, Canada, Turkey to name a few places, yet it was here in Scotland I encountered one of the most awful individuals. Aggressive, confrontational and just down right rude.
Accused of parking when actually we were agreeing to move on because there were no parking signs. Engine was still running, hand brake was off, there was no cars parking.
There was no courtesy, there was no polite conversation, it was aggressive and arrogant. Where was the common decency? Being polite costs nothing, being rude like this, for me, as someone who has employed within tourism, would be a disciplinary situation. You do not act like that towards the public, it is uncalled for, it is rude, unwelcoming and shows the establishment in a very poor light.
I would not now recommend a visit to this place.
Written 17 May 2021
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Sarah M
Edinburgh, UK46 contributions
Aug 2020
Yesterday (9 Aug) we spent a fantastic couple of hours at Arniston House near Gorebridge. It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Edinburgh city centre to Arniston House.

The tour has had to be shortened due to Covid and takes in the ground floor of the property only. This did not detract from the tour at all as there is so much history packed into each room. We had an 'intake of breath' at the beautifully restored John Adam drawing room, a must see. The tour was led jointly by the present owner, Althea Dundas-Bekker and her daughter Henrietta, both lovely, friendly ladies. Their knowledge, of their home and its history is phenomenal. Ohhh for a look at the family archives which are full of historical letters/documents and invoices etc. We will definitely go back once normality returns to see the rest of the house.

They opened their doors again on 15th July and can accommodate a maximum of 6 visitors per tour. Sanitiser is available in the front porch and you will be asked to use it before you enter. As the wearing of face masks is mandatory in Scotland for all indoor attractions - make sure you bring one. The grounds are beautiful, peaceful and really calming and we were lucky that the weather was bright and warm, so once the tour had finished, we headed off for a wander.

If you plan to travel to the Scottish Borders or to visit Rosslyn Chapel then this would be a great addition to add to your list of places to visit.

For further details you should visit their website and book a tour. We felt it was exceptionally good value for money and can’t recommend it highly enough.
Written 10 August 2020
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kiwiscot
Edinburgh EH16 6yr13 contributions
Nov 2019
when the virus finally exhausts itself and the danger is over lets do something good for the country. spend more holidays in Scotland, buy local meals and meat and veggies,,with that support local businesses. these businesses are going to find it difficult to get back on their feet and survive without our help, our products are some of the best in the world. our country is one of the most beautiful. arniston house has superb holiday cottages with log fires and all mod cons, a big plus is the owners who make your stay a fantastic one, an area steeped in history with lots of great walks, I highly recommend holidaying here john jones edinburgh
Written 24 March 2020
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HELEN H
Edinburgh, UK117 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful & splendid Adam house set in stunning grounds offering spectacular views over Midlothian to Edinburgh and the Forth, the tour hosted by the owner & her daughter is so full of history and family detail .
Written 7 August 2019
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Leeemjack
Edinburgh, UK30 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Me and my Wife visited the house today and had a very interesting time being shown around this wonderful property by the owner and her daughter. Would highly recommend a visit, the hosts are extremely well informed which makes for an interesting tour.
Written 4 August 2019
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Jenan1950
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
Jun 2019
If it's a comfortable bed, beautiful surroundings and a warm welcome and the best breakfast in the whole area, Dall Lodge is your best bet. We stay here every year and are never disappointed.
Written 29 July 2019
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Lavinia Urban
7 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
We went there for the firework display. Whilst the grounds and the building are spectacular, the display was lacking.
It would have been better with music or bigger fireworks.
Written 6 November 2018
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Thank you for joining us for our 2nd annual Bonfire Night Fireworks Party. We have had an overwhelmingly great response to the event and your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are thrilled to be working with one of Scotland's best pyrotechnic companies, Pyromancer. We were thrilled to provide our guests with a 17 minute jam packed fireworks display. Arniston House provides a tranquil, countryside setting that allows our guests to enjoy the autumnal night skies and atmosphere free of distractions, street noise and lights. Thank you again for joining us.
Written 17 January 2019
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hughd812
Blue Mountains, Australia56 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We spent four nights at this outstanding AirBnB property. Accommodation was in one of four old 18th century Foresters cottages on the estate, all of which have been tastefully restored and equipped with modern conveniences.

Our cottage (Lime Cottage) was a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom, double story stone building that was warm and comfy, with a modern kitchen and fireplace. Our host, Henrietta, was very friendly and helpful and has tremendous local knowledge about the general area.

The main house is a beautiful Scottish stately home, which has been lived in continuously by the same family for the past 400 years. If you are lucky enough to stay here during the open season you can tour the house with either Henrietta or her mother as guide. The grounds are wonderful and able to be walked all year round.

This property is probably the best AirBnB property we have stayed at, is very competitively priced, and only 11 miles from Edinburgh with a regular train service nearby. Highly recommended!!!
Written 29 September 2018
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Philip H
Wylam, UK190 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Not having been for seven years, decided to make a return visit & drive approximately 100 miles to do so. A nice property with some interesting family history. For anyone who likes to visit country houses I'm sure that there will be something of interest for all, be it architecture or artwork. It was a shame that the ground was as wet as in sure that a stroll around the estate would also be good but we did still seek out the sunken garden. I'm sure that we will return on a warmer dry day with improved long range view conditions.
Written 27 August 2018
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grimreaper21
england83 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We were the only visitors at the time of the guided tour and we were pleasantly surprised when the owner herself showed up to take us around. No surprise then that she was a font of knowledge about the house, its contents and the family history. She answered all of our questions and even picked up some antiques to demonstrate their purpose. You don't get that with the National Trust.

Inside are some interesting family portraits, furniture and before and after photos showing the battle against dry rot and restoration of some of the rooms. Not that you'd ever know.

The grounds are extensive with mown paths through the estate into the surrounding woodland. Also visit the hidden and secluded sunken garden. Just follow the signs, it is magical with its own stream and stone bridges.

Overall this house is well worth a visit if only to meet a real enthusiast for a period country house.
Written 26 July 2018
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