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Guided tour of Marchmont House - A Home for Makers and Creators

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Marchmont House

Greenlaw

Duns

TD10 6YL

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Marchmont is only open to the public for a limited number of days each year, for tours and special events.

The house contains some of the finest Georgian and Arts & Crafts interiors in Scotland: a perfect symbiosis of fine craft and design tradition.

It was awarded the 2018 Historic Houses/Sotheby’s Award for the recently completed seven-year restoration, which was described by the jury as "stunning". The goal is now to bring the house alive as 'a home for Makers and Creators', celebrating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The guided tours, led by the Curator or the Archivist, last 2 to 2 1/2 hours and offer a wonderful oportunity to see inside a house that has not been 'open' since it was bullt almost 270 years ago.

Light refreshments will be provided on arrival. Detailed instructions for the day will be revealed after purchase.




About the house

Marchmont is an imposing ‘Grade A’ listed Palladian mansion built in 1750 by Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. Long thought to have been designed by William Adam, it is possibly the work of the celebrated architect James Gibbs, and enacted by Thomas Gibson.

The interior at Marchmont is arguably one of the finest in Scotland, and the house retains many of its original features, including the magnificent George II period plasterwork by Thomas Clayton, the pre-eminent plasterer of the time.

Major changes were made between 1914 and 1917 when the then owner, Robert Finnie McEwen commissioned the eminent Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer to enlarge the house and it stands today as perhaps the finest example of his ‘grand’ house refurbishments.

Over a hundred years had passed since Lorimer’s ‘aggrandisement’ took place, and and having spent 20 years as a care home it is something of an understatement to say the house was both institutionalised and unmodernised.

The comprehensive, yet sensitive seven-year restoration was recently completed and has been the catalyst for an inspiring and passionate appreciation for craft and design tradition, quite literally observed through the layers of history of the house.

Marchmont offers an immersive experience for those with an eclectic interest across different historic periods of decoration but is especially strong on arts and crafts furniture and post-war sculpture. In particular a story has developed around the rush seat chair, where Marchmont plans to have the last remaining active workshop in the UK in the old stables in direct lineaage from Ernest Gimson through Lawrence Neal (April 2020). The House holds a collection in of over 130 rush seat chairs from Britain's greatest designers including Lutyens, Voysey, Gimson, Russell, Morris, Burges, Archibald Taylor, Heal and Baillie-Scott.


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Marchmont House

Greenlaw

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TD10 6YL

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