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Arniston House, Gorebridge

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Arniston House is a historic house in Midlothian, Scotland, near the village of Temple. This Georgian mansion was designed by William Adam in 1726 for Robert Dundas, of Arniston, the elder, the Lord President of the Court of Session. The western third of the house was added by John Adam, brother of Robert Adam, in 1753.HistoryThe Arniston Estate lands were a royal hunting park in the Middle Ages, and were later owned by the Knights Templar, who gave the village of Temple its name. The estate came into the Dundas family in 1571, when they were bought by George Dundas of Dundas Castle. He left the estate to a younger son, James, who built a house and a walled garden here around 1620. The estate was expanded, and improvements were made by James' grandson Robert Dundas (died 1726) in the late 17th century. His son Robert, later the Lord President, continued the improvements, and built the present house.Robert Dundas (1685–1753) was a lawyer and politician. He served as Solicitor General for Scotland from 1717 to 1720 and as Lord Advocate from 1720 to 1725. He was also a Member of Parliament from 1722 to 1737. In 1726, he commissioned the architect William Adam to design a new house at Arniston. Adam was then working on Sir John Clerk's nearby house at Mavisbank, but Arniston was to be a somewhat larger house. It was built over the foundations of the original 17th-century house, but Dundas ran out of money during the building works, which were only completed after 1753. By this time, William Adam was dead, and the design for the western part of the house was provided by his eldest son John Adam (1721–1792), for Robert Dundas' son Robert Dundas, of Arniston, the younger (1713–1787).
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  • I've just enjoyed an Easter break, staying at one of the rental cottages on the estate. The location is great, 30 minutes drive to the centre of Edinburgh, but all the tranquility of a country house. ...  more »
  • Lovely house. Daughter of owner (Henrietta Dundas?) was our guide. I've rarely come across a guide who blends enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of the house with such a light but erudite touch. It was l...  more »
  • An amazing historical house. An amazing estate with great walks and steeped in history. The tour of the house is lovely and the guide is so knowledgable and can tell some great stories.  more »
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  • Lovely house and great views but a bit too much heavy machinery and junk in the North West boundary area.
  • What a lovely find this was, we stayed in Lime Cottage, a beautifully furnished cottage in the middle of the fabulous, tranquil grounds of Arniston House, and ideally placed for Edinburgh and the surrounding area. We had a brilliant time here, the beds are so comfortable it was difficult to get up in the mornings......definitely will return!!

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