Originally built in the 17th century, this Palladian house, with sumptuous rococco decorative detail, was owned by the influential Dalrymple family and featured prominently during the Scottish Enlightenment. The National Trust for Scotland has followed a conservation strategy of carrying out ‘only as much work as necessary but as little as possible’. Friends will enjoy a guided tour of the House, including the remarkable library wing- the ‘most learned library in Europe’ in its day, as well as viewing the impressive art collection. Antonia Laurence-Allen, National Trust for Scotland Curator, Edinburgh and East Scotland, will join us over tea and scones for an informal chat. The House is set in 34 hectares of historical landscape, with unspoilt views across the Forth. Friends will be able to explore the highly significant 18th century designed landscape, including the flower garden, kitchen garden and formal lawns, where conservation work is being undertaken.
Please note: this tour involves stairs and uneven ground.
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