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“unmissable”
Review of Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Rothesay
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

great value,and a brilliant day out.as a national trust member of many years one can get a bit blasé when visiting yet another stately pile but not this one. absolutely unmissable.our guide was very passionet and very informative about 'her' house and answered every question in great detail and with good humer .i just wish i lived a bit closer so i could return for a behind the scenes tour.took a lovely walk down the beach and caught the bus at kerrycroy.very enjoyable day in spite of the weather.

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Reviewed 20 May 2011

Absolutely beautiful, never seen so much marble. Take the guided tour.

Thank 186534Chris
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

We are experienced visitors to stately homes and castles, having travelled the length and breadth of the UK visiting this kind of attraction. It was a pleasure to visit Bute and have the opportunity to visit Mount Stuart.

We arrived early in the morning to ensure we had the maximum time to appreciate the full spectrum of the attraction. Unfortunately we arrived when the heavens opened and gave us the a real soaking. A total drencher; the real cats and dogs; coming down stair rods; you get the picture!

The first thing we noticed is the directions in and to the car park were misleading; we came in and found ourself back out on te main road again without encountering the parking! We had to go around again to find the sign. Perhaps it should say "park here stupid".

There is a wonderful new visitors centre that incorporates a gallery and excellent restaurant, which is reviewed separately There is also a garden shop and a local produce shop, which is most laudable. Sometimes visitors find it hard to locate where to but local produce.

The tour of the house was excellent and we enjoyed seeing it. There is excellent architecture, art and culture on display. For me the most marvellous thing was a pair of singing canaries in the conservatory which reminded us of the pleasures of the past. I could have listened to those canaries for hours as they performed in the sunlight.

The grounds and gardens were another thing entirely. Despite the rain we felt we should explore the full range that the estate has to offer. We were provided with a map of the grounds purporting to show footpaths. The problem was that the gardeners had not consulted the same maps, and many of the paths had not been mown or cleared. No problem in fine weather, but in the wet and rain sodden long grass is horrible. We got even more soaked as our legs and feet were made wetter and wetter walking the more distant paths to see the sights, Not surprisingly we were alone, as no one in their right mind would have come out in this weather! But, we'd paid for it and we'd enjoy it despite nature!

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MountStuartTrust, Guest Relations Manager at Mount Stuart, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2011

Thank you for visiting Mount Stuart and for your positive review. We are delighted you had a great trip despite the unlucky weather. We take great pride in our excellent tours and our award winning Visitor Centre. We appreciate your constructive comments regarding your visit. You will be pleased to know we have many improvements in 2011, which include a new signage system and upgraded garden maps. We hope that you come and visit us again. You will always discover something new and exciting at Mount Stuart!

Please note, our opening season has been extended and we are open to the public from March to October. Please visit www.mountstuart.com or call 01700 503 877 for detailed opening hours.
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Reviewed 20 September 2010

We visited on 19 September and had a guided tour of the house. The house is stunning and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The tour takes approximately 1 hour but the time allocation does not do the house justice. We would recommend anyone to experience the grandeur of this tour of the house and gardens but ensure that you are able to have the guided tour. Our tour was led by Jean, the head tour guide and we could not praise her depth of knowledge enough.
Brilliant!

Thank rloudunn
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

Set amongst the stunning scenery of Bute, Mount Stuart is a breath-taking building full of history and character. A tour of this beautiful mansion is unmissable- knowledgeable guides in each room share stories of the impressive family who helped to shape Scottish and British history.
The day was made complete with a delicious meal in the Mount Stuart restaurant in the visitor's centre, with panoramic views of the grounds, exquisitely cooked locally sourced dishes and friendly service.
I would highly recommend making the journey to visit this truly memorable attraction.

Thank Ran12
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