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Guided tour of Marchmont House

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Marchmont House

Duns

Greenlaw

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.

These fascinating, and informal tours last approximately two hours and are led by either Francis Raeymaekers our Curator, or by Wilma Ellis, our Archivist, and offer a wonderful opportunity to see inside a house that has not been 'open' since it was built almost 270 years ago.

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

Are you a TD10 postcode resident or a student? Claim £5 off using 'TD10' and 'STUDENT' discount codes at checkout (please bring relevant ID with you).




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.


About the collection

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 including works by Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Meadows, Lynn Chadwick and Antony Gormley.

The House holds a collection of over 130 rush seat chairs from Britain's greatest designers including Lutyens, Voysey, Gimson, Russell, Morris, Burges, Archibald Taylor, Heal and Baillie-Scott. In April 2020 Marchmont plans to host the last remaining rush seat chair-making workshop in the UK, continuing in direct lineage from Ernest Gimson through to Lawrence Neal.


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Marchmont House

Duns

Greenlaw

TD10 6YL

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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