Broughton House & Garden, Kirkcudbright

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Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.

Painstakingly preserved and recreated, it’s a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.

Nestled behind the house, backing on to the River Dee, is Hornel’s beautiful garden. Greatly influenced by his love of Japan, it’s a curious and colourful mixture of Eastern and Western horticulture and sculpture that is a delight to explore.
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  • Well worth a visit to this well kept house and garden. Much bigger than you first think from the house frontage. You free to wander as you want round both the house and garden. Plenty of information a...  more »
  • I visited in May 2017, without really knowing what to expect, but loved it. The gardens are great and the house is informative.  more »
  • Popped in her as I was passing, pretty ordinary house with a few paintings, which were ok, sorry not really a fan of his work. Fortunately it was a sunny day and it was a nice time to visit the garden...  more »
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  • Lovely house and garden, the garden being one of our all time favourites. We've been visiting for years and it's been interesting to see the changes and developments over time both in the garden and the house. The Japanese anemones have always been a highlight for us (and the occasional friendly cat!). The house is impressive and it's a great opportunity to see Hornel's paintings in situ and to see how he was influenced by his travels and how he worked from photographs.
  • Unmissable. possibly the best of the many fascinating and beautiful places of all to visit in fabulous "artists' town" Kirkcudbright. McClellan's Castle (which is also great) being shut for repairs, we had all the more time in Hornel's gem house and garden - no bad thing at all.
  • Interesting place to visit with many oddities. Activity sheets provided for the children.
  • The garden is amazing!
  • A fascinating house in the middle of the beautiful Kirkudbright. The house itself houses many works of art and is lovely to explore. The garden is a real surprise running all the way down to the river and created with style and some humour