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Dumfries House, New Cumnock

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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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  • I've been visiting here since before Prince Charles took an interest in the area. Over the past few years the work that has been done is totally astounding. I visit every couple of months to see what ...  read more »
  • I was at a special event so couldn't do the house tour, but did get to see some of the stunning rooms and can't wait to go back. The gardens and woodland grounds are wonderful too. 
  • Make the detour from the motorway and you will not be disappointed. This is one of the most impressive historic house sites I've visited (and I've seen a lot!). Immaculate presentation of all parts of...  read more »
  • Fantastic facility with amazing grounds. Lots to see and do. A credit to East Ayrshire.
  • Wonderful lodge, friendly staff.
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