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House of Dun

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Address: Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
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+44 1674 810624
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Sat - Wed 00:00 - 16:00

This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David...

This beautiful Georgian house was built in the 18th century for David Erskine, a judge of the Scottish Court of Session. House of Dun is just 3 miles from Montrose and its picturesque unspoilt beaches and around 45 minutes’ drive from Aberdeen. Set amongst the splendid Victorian gardens and woodlands, this elegant home has a truly spectacular setting.

The house sits in its own formal gardens with parkland and woodland beyond. You can explore and enjoy the Victorian walled garden and wooded den, before venturing further afield to the Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve.

We have moved away from the traditional tour where we would be describing in detail the family, house and collection, our tour now centres on the key players in the history of the house, and the part they played.

There will be many opportunities during the tour to discover for yourself the architecture and hidden gems within the house.

The first tour starts at 10.45 and thereafter every 45 minutes, the last tour is 3.15pm

During April, May, June and September the last Sunday of each month we open the house to freeflow, where you can visit the house and at your leisure take time to enjoy the marvelous collection of ceramics, needlework, plasterwork, artwork and of course grand architecture

In July and August every Sunday is freeflow.

What to See and Do

You’ll hear about the trials and tribulations faced by William Adam in designing and building the house, discover the ornate plasterwork – originally the work of Joseph Enzer, who had made a name for himself with decorative plasterwork in a number of grand Scottish houses – and unearth eccentric period equipment such as the ‘boot bath’ from the 1800s.

However, a visit to the House of Dun is about more than just the house. To the east of the house is a rectangular walled garden and there are more gardens to the south, separated from the surrounding countryside by a ha-ha, a vertical drop intended to allow for open views while keeping the sheep out.

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What a wonderful place...such a surprise. Fantastic property and beautifully restored, presented and managed. Fascinating house with some interesting stories all well told by an... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful place...such a surprise. Fantastic property and beautifully restored, presented and managed. Fascinating house with some interesting stories all well told by an enthusiastic team who clearly take great pride in sharing this treasure. Fabulous cafe with great food, good prices, nice atmosphere and lovely staff...in all no complaints at all. Go and visit!

Thank Lucy D
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Hi Absolutely delighted you enjoyed your visit to Dun and tour of the house The gardens are just coming to life so hopefully you can come back later in the season to see the property in full bloom More 

North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this National Trust for Scotland property on Easter Sunday, so it was quite busy. We were greeted warmly and booked into the first available tour of the house. Our guide was great, answering all our questions (especially the children's) with good knowledge and humour. The gardens and grounds are lovely too. We had lunch at the café, which... More 

Thank tabbycat2015
Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great house to visit. Guided tours only. Our guide Linda was very informative and tour lasted an hour and 15 minutes. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Lovely woodland walks to go round. Food in cafe was delicious although not a great selection when we went in at 1.30. Will definitely be back in the summer to see the... More 

Thank Vallerinaballerina
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Hi Delighted you enjoyed your visit, yes please come back and see the property later in the year everything is just starting to waken up after their winter sleep More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is fantastic value. The grounds are vast and the gardens are a delight. We visited the house and were shown around by Michelle who had only been a guide for a short while. She was polite, funny and informative. Do not miss the opportunity to see this jewel in the crown.

Thank john h
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this review

Thank you its always very gratifying when people take the time to write up a review and their experience, great to read that you had such an enjoyable experience. Looking forward to welcoming you back in the future More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning building and grounds, kept in immaculate condition and an amazing day out for your family. You can wander or sit for hours pondering or chatting. Love the wee shop and the friendly staff, you just have to buy something...

Thank 2011bob2bob
Forest of Dean
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

It a great house to come and visit if your near montrose, the house and gardens are lovely and we were lucky as the weather was good on our visit, And as a member of the National trust it was free to get in.

Thank Suzi_Davison
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

I was here for a wedding in July – this was the perfect venue (the fabulous weather helped!) with immaculate gardens providing lots of places to wander or sit in shady secret walled gardens or with magnificent views over the parkland. As a wedding venue, the service was superb - efficient and unobtrusive, and everything went like clockwork. Great food,... More 

Thank helveticabold2008
Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful and tranquil place. You feel transported back in time. House is well worth a visit and staff very knowledgeable! The grounds are beautiful with walking paths. Worth a visit.

Thank RenateBelle
Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Interesting interior, superb location for musical evenings in the drawing room. As is usual with National Trust the guides are knowledgeable. There is a walled garden which is planted as per period the house was a family home, lovely scented roses also there is a 'wild garden' which has a pathway through it gorgeous early springtime with multitude of snowdrops.... More 

Thank Marion P
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Beautiful place to visit - both gardens and the house! Its not the best for wheelchair accessibility due to cobbles / loose gravel however staff were impeccable!! Could not give higher praises. There are 3 levels to the house tour. The ground floor and basement were the only two levels accesable to me via a stairlift from the basement. The... More 

Thank Helen P

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