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House of Dun

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Address: Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
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Sat - Wed 00:00 - 16:00
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This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David...

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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We've Dun that and would again....

Absolutely stunning building and grounds, kept in immaculate condition and an amazing day out for your family. You can wander or sit for hours pondering or chatting. Love the wee... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 December 2016
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning building and grounds, kept in immaculate condition and an amazing day out for your family. You can wander or sit for hours pondering or chatting. Love the wee shop and the friendly staff, you just have to buy something...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

It a great house to come and visit if your near montrose, the house and gardens are lovely and we were lucky as the weather was good on our visit, And as a member of the National trust it was free to get in.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

I was here for a wedding in July – this was the perfect venue (the fabulous weather helped!) with immaculate gardens providing lots of places to wander or sit in shady secret walled gardens or with magnificent views over the parkland. As a wedding venue, the service was superb - efficient and unobtrusive, and everything went like clockwork. Great food,... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful and tranquil place. You feel transported back in time. House is well worth a visit and staff very knowledgeable! The grounds are beautiful with walking paths. Worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Interesting interior, superb location for musical evenings in the drawing room. As is usual with National Trust the guides are knowledgeable. There is a walled garden which is planted as per period the house was a family home, lovely scented roses also there is a 'wild garden' which has a pathway through it gorgeous early springtime with multitude of snowdrops.... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Beautiful place to visit - both gardens and the house! Its not the best for wheelchair accessibility due to cobbles / loose gravel however staff were impeccable!! Could not give higher praises. There are 3 levels to the house tour. The ground floor and basement were the only two levels accesable to me via a stairlift from the basement. The... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We went last weekend on a beautiful September day. The outside of the house is charming and the gardens are immaculate. I didn't like the inside of the house as it has been ' modified ' by generations, and for me has totally ruined the house. I found the guide to be rather off hand and spare with information. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived quite late in the day, half an hour before the last tour. Managed a quick cuppa and carrot cake though in the cafe which was lovely. We were greeted by our tour guide Thomas and were the only ones in the tour so it was our own private tour. The house itself is wonderful and beautiful and could... More 

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Inverness
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Arrived at this attraction on a Thursday on to find it closed. Although we did have access to the gardens was a bit disappointed as this was not made clear on the brochure we had. We met people there who had travelled a bit of a distance and were members of the National Trust, the fact it was not open... More 

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ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Sorry that the property was closed on the day you visited. The brochures give guidance on the dates the property is open for the season and you will see that at the front of the discovery NTS brochure it advises checking the website or calling the property. We also have plenty of information on the social media sites along with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Went here partly because of name connection, partly because we were using the National Trust for Scotland Discover pass, the latter causing some unprofessional confusion to the two shop tenders. Once that was cleared, Thomas Messer was an excellent guide, the house had many interesting architectual and historical features ,the formal gardens were small but well-done. But as the gift... More 

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