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“Pretty, but dull inside”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Duff House

Duff House
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Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Banff
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Owner description: A magnificent early Georgian mansion, designed by William Adam for the Earl of Fife. It is considered to be an Adam masterpiece and is one of the most important buildings in the North. The foundation stone was laid on the 11th June 1735 and the building was finished five years later, although it took over 100 years to complete the interior. Duff House is a jewel set in a stunning triangle of coast, river and parkland. There is a tea room and shop on ground-floor level, as well as temporary exhibitions by visiting artists and societies.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Pretty, but dull inside”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

Duff House is an impressive building, with lovely grounds and even an adventure playground for the children. However, once you actually enter the building you soon start to feel a bit let down. A fifteen-minute video introduction is given which will leave you wishing for a fast-forward button. Your bag is then confiscated from you to prevent you taking photographs, which is odd considering the largely uninspired collection of paintings (mostly oil, and mostly portraits). No information is given about each painting, apart from a small and fiddly four-sided device in each room which soon leaves you frustrated.

As a result, you soon find yourself wishing to promptly exit the building and rejoin the kids on the flying fox outside. Which is no bad plan of action, all things considered.

Visited August 2012
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ByDuffHouse, General Manager at Duff House, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
We really appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback and we are pleased that you and your family enjoyed the play park. We are only sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit inside as much. The paintings are on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland so they are of the very best but we appreciate that art is not everyone's cup of tea.

Historic Scotland is woking hard to make improvements to the visitor experience and part of that is looking at how we tell the story of the house. We do provide visitors with a costumed guide at certain times during the year (as we know this provides a fun and entertaining way of learning about the house's fascinating history) and further information about our events and exhibitions programme is available on our website.

We also have just refurbished the Tearoom so we very much hope that you will consider giving us a second go in the near future!

If you would like to contact me directly please feel free to do so -

Rachel Kennedy, General Manager
e - rachel.kennedy@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
t - 01261 813001
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Portsoy, Scotland, United Kingdom
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“A gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

Wonderful House with fantastic visiting Exhibits. The August Sander photographic exhibit was awe inspiring

Visited May 2012
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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“Don't Miss This One”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2012

Beautifully restored home in Banff. As fascinating for what it might have been, as for what it actually became. After several lives, including those as a sanitarium and a luxury hotel, it is now as impressive as it was meant to be. Duff house deserves several hours of your time.

Visited August 2012
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“It was ok as I passed it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

I went pass it and it was big when we were on the road. I went there with people I know. It was good.

Thank Shania R
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“Interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

Enjoyed the history and architecture - great place if you like old paintings too. Entrance charges are reasonable and the cafe serves good coffee and cake

Visited August 2012
Thank clydemum
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