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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  • August 20, 2017
    You have to pre book the 1 hour tour of the house online / phone ( or at visitors centre on day if spaces available) but otherwise the tour with guide (Roger) was excellent. Taken around the house in ...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Really interesting day out. The tour of the house and guidance about the collection was exceptional. Afterwards we stopped at the cafe which was full of young families and the grounds obviously well s...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Surprise day out, can only say this was STUNNING. A fabulous jewel in Scotland crown. Will be back to visit the walled garden ( in better weather). Cafe was lovely and welcoming , good coffee and snac...  more »
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  • AMAZING! Spent a wonderful evening here staying at the lodge for a friend's wedding celebration. Friendly, attentive and unpretentious staff who made us feel so welcome! Rooms are luxurious, surroundings beautiful and breakfast hearty and satisfying. We stayed in room 21....lovely.
  • We recently stayed at Dumfriess House for a few nights in very comfortable accommodation, not in the lodge, though, which we loved on a previous visit. Lovely gardens to walk in, well treed, with some truly gigantic firs. What an amount of work has been done here in recent years. There are various restaurants, the food was excellent. The staff throughout are marvellous, helpful and informative. Everywhere there is high quality and good taste. There is also the fine idea of facilities for artists-in-residence, whom you may have the good fortune to meet around the place. Do take a conducted tour of the main house. Constructive comment – in common with some other venues, road signs do need to be provided at really quite distant intersections. The location is not near Dumfriess.
  • 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
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