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House of Dun

Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
+44 1674 810264
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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited mid November, having checked visiting times in the current N.T. handbook. It was a little disappointing to be told that there was a fact no access to the house until the next tour in an hour's time. Normally no problem, but this was...More

Thank william b
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We visited and the guide we had that took us round the House was superb. Very well versed in the history of both the house and the Erskine family.

Thank AtlanticOrca
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Dun I will pass on your comments to the staff Once again many thanks

Reviewed 25 September 2017

Shown around by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide.. A lovely house with very elegant and beautiful rooms in lovely grounds. will have to come back to do the grounds and the Montrose Basin on a dry sunny day

Thank ianbee2015
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for your comments and compliments, yes please do come back, the grounds are amazing

Reviewed 21 September 2017

Lovely relaxing afternoon. Charming house lots to see. Nice tea shop and plants for sale. Would visit again

Thank Mike H
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Really pleased that you enjoyed visiting the property and wider estate, lots to see and do at the property

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful mansion house to visit. Some wonderful views over Montrose Basin and beyond Excellent guide to inform you of the history and what life was like then.Well laid out gardens and lovely walks in grounds.You have to pay for parking and your...More

Thank Keith S
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the property and also see the benefits of becoming a member of The National Trust for Scotland, free car parking, free entry to mansion house and tour, free entry to over 90 properties in Scotland and of course...More

Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We never went inside as it was just closing but we walked through the grounds. There is also a woodland trail either 1km or 4km, we opted for the 4km walk & were not disappointed. A lovely walk next to the river through woodland. Well...More

Thank Laurence S
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Pleased you enjoyed your visit to the grounds at Dun, you should come back when the house is open to the public, beautiful interior once again many thanks

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Although we are members of NTS on the Sunday we visited it was part of the Doors Open Day Scheme so there was no charge anyway. We were not allowed to view the house on our own, but the guide who took us round was...More

Thank ralston
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful house in amazing grounds. We were able to walk around the house on our own and there were guides if we had any questions. Really enjoyed our time there. The garden grounds are very well kept and very pretty. The food at the cafe...More

Thank Bumby2015
Reviewed 14 August 2017

The warning: The NTS Website is wrong- the house is not free flow throughout July and August on every Sunday it is guided tours only unless the last Sunday of the month all year round! Imagine my surprise. A real shame but the tour was...More

Thank jazzer2014
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review and sincere apologies about the misleading information on the website, turns out the page had been reformatted and old information made its way back to page, the information is now correct. Pleased that you enjoyed the visit despite us misleading...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017

Having lived near the house I had never visited it,My wife and went two weeks ago .spent a good couple of hours wandering through the house.a young women gave us a short talk about the house and the people who owned it.you were free to...More

Thank Walter D
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review Delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Did you manage to walk the grounds and especially the Den of Dun

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Gauldie74
3 July 2017|
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Response from ntsjohn M | Property representative |
Hi The gardens are free to visit and car parking is free if you area member, if not £2 fee applies for the days parking
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