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Dumfries House, New Cumnock

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Dumfries House is a Palladian country house in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is located within a large estate, around 2 miles west of Cumnock. Noted for being one of the few such houses with much of its original 18th-century furniture still present, including specially commissioned Thomas Chippendale pieces, the house and estate is now owned in charitable trust by The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust, which maintains it as a visitor attraction and hospitality and wedding venue. Both the house and the gardens are listed as significant aspects of Scottish heritage.The estate and an earlier house was originally called Lochnorris, owned by Craufords of Loudoun. The present house was built in the 1750s for William Dalrymple, 5th Earl of Dumfries, by John Adam and Robert Adam. Having been inherited by the 2nd Marquess of Bute in 1814, it remained in his family until 2007 when 7th Marquess sold it for the nation for £45 million due to the cost of upkeep.Due to its significance and the risk of the furniture collection being distributed and auctioned, after three years of uncertainty, in 2007 the estate and its entire contents was purchased for £45m for the country by a consortium headed by Charles, Prince of Wales, including a £20m loan from the Prince's charitable trust. The intention was to renovate the estate to become self-sufficient, both to preserve it and regenerate the local economy. As well as donors and sponsorship, funding is also intended to come from constructing the nearby housing development of Knockroon, a planned community along the lines of the Prince's similar venture, Poundbury in Dorset.
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  • We weren't able to visit the house as it seemed to be closed (strange on a school holiday!) but we enjoyed a walk around the grounds. It was free to roam the grounds and we spent about an hour here. I...  more »
  • Been intending to visit for ages, the weekend escape was the ideal opportunity and we weren't disappointed. It being a Sunday we did the longer tour, if you have the time do this tour it was well wort...  more »
  • My wife and I have always tried to find somewhere special and unusual for our Valentines day evening out and Dumries House met both of those. The evening was a tour of the House follwed by a meal in o...  more »
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  • Excellent visit to the Dumfries House Lodge. The staff were very attentive and made the evening very enjoyable. The rooms at the lodge are cosy and finished to the highest standard. The grounds are very well maintained and provided the most enjoyable morning walk.
  • Amazing place. My friend has just got married here and the staff have been so nice
  • Stayed for a weeding. We had the entire lower rooms for late nite drinks with friendly staff taking care of us all.
  • Fantastic facility with amazing grounds. Lots to see and do. A credit to East Ayrshire.
  • Wonderful lodge, friendly staff.