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Dumfries House

Dumfries House Dumfries House Estate | Auchinleck, New Cumnock KA18 2NJ, Scotland
+44 1290 425959
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Beautiful grounds

Visited here for a quick walk around the grounds and we were very impressed by the house and the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
CabbageBlossom
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Just stunning

We visited with a group of friends and did the 1.5 hour tour of the house and its collection of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Duncan T
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Balfron, United Kingdom
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Dumfries House Dumfries House Estate | Auchinleck, New Cumnock KA18 2NJ, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited here for a quick walk around the grounds and we were very impressed by the house and the beautiful gardens. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank CabbageBlossom
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited with a group of friends and did the 1.5 hour tour of the house and its collection of antiques. The guide was lovely and very knowledgeable making the experience really enjoyable. The house is a real hidden gem with its fascinating history and...More

Thank Duncan T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely grounds to walk around, things to do for all the family and nice cafe. Gardens, maze, engineering, animals. Really good that this was all started by the Princes Trust and made free for people to visit. Also a hotel there and house to visit.More

Thank Alan H
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Alan, one small correction if I may, and a common misconception Dumfries House is a charitable trust set up by HRH to look after and develop Dumfries House and Estate, as one of the 17 Charities that operate under the title of The Prince's...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The last time I went to Dumfries estate was about 30+ years ago, which was run down & tired looking. Since Prince Charles has stepped in & literally saved the estate & priceless furniture from going to auction has been truly remarkable. Wow what a...More

Thank bilko1971
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback and for commenting on the changes to the estate, this year we celebrate our 10th anniversary of the saving of Dumfries House in 2007 but all the changes you note to the estate have taken place from April 2012, a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Ruskie Rural would like to thank everyone for making their visit so enjoyable. The staff were so attentive. The soup and sandwiches were delicious and all served with a smile. Our guide for the Grand Tour was Una, who told us of the history of...More

Thank 282trossachs
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Ruskie Rural... your kind words and comments have been passed on. We thank you for taking time to highlight the experience you had and we look forward to you coming back, why not look at our Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden Tour if your members...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in on the way to the newly refurbished open air pool in new Cumnock, lovely hotel, fab service and delicious all day breakfast, and a fab coffee, will definitely visit again and good value for the quality of food and surroundings 🌟

Thank bodkinangelcakes
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So pleased you dropped in not only on Dumfries House and our cafe but managed to pop out to the New Cumnock Swimming Pool which is also supported fully by Dumfries House as part of our Heritage led Regeneration project within East Ayrshire.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The story behind this place is inspiring collaboration between the community and benefactors to save key pieces of history in a local community. The tour is well worth taking and the history is amazing.More

Thank Ken R
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Ken, The Dumfries House project was created by HRH The Prince of Wales as "Heritage Led Regeneration" using the heritage of the 1754 Palladian Mansion and the 2000 acre grounds to support and regenerate the communities in the local area, as well as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The present house was built in the 1750s for William Dalrymple, 5th Earl of Dumfries until in 2007 the 7th Marquess sold it to the nation for £45 million due to the cost of upkeep. It is a magnificent building that requires a booking for...More

Thank Paul I
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank You Paul... We appreciate your accurate and informed description of your visit. Dumfries House is continuing to develop out visitor offering and we look forward to seeing you should you visit again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must for all the family. Superb layout with plenty to see and do despite the weather. With the school holidays on the horizon this place is a must. Go and enjoy.

Thank jimb402016
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your visit... we also hope to see you again as we continue to develop our Dumfries House offering.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Dumfries house, taking the Grand Tour, which was most interesting, and well presented. Lots to see, beautiful furniture, paintings (including charming watercolours by HRH Prince Charles). The gardens are wonderful, and visitor facilities are first rate. We also stayed a night in the Lodge,...More

1  Thank Helen O
DHSocialMediaTeam, Public Relations Manager at Dumfries House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments and review.. Dumfries House Lodge is a lovely country house guesthouse and a mere 2 minutes walk from Dumfries House itself. Staying in the lodge opens up the wonderful Woodland and Rothesay gardens which are now combining into full bloom,...More

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nikki222mopsy
Can you take dogs?
7 May 2017|
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Response from DHSocialMediaTeam | Property representative |
Good evening thank you for your question. Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a lead we have 600 acres of policies and country walks. Our cafe is dog friendly with a water bowl for your pet. The main house does not allow dogs... More
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Myr02
How do I get to Dumfries House using public transportation and what is the largest number of guests in a group that you are able to accommodate to tour the House?
2 May 2017|
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Response from DHSocialMediaTeam | Property representative |
Dumfries House can be accessed by public transport via the two towns either side of the estate : Auchinleck and Cumnock. By Train to Auchinleck via Kilmarnock or Carlisle West Coast Line By Bus to Cumnock Bus... More
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vicolivia
Hello, we will book a tour at 3.30 on a Sunday in June. We cannot get there earlier, so I would like to know what time the gardens are open- after that tour - as we would like to spend time visiting the gardens. Also, what time does the Café shut on Sunday afternoons (in June)? Thank you very much.
23 April 2017|
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Response from Janet M | Reviewed this property |
The House tours start at 10.45am on a Sunday and the last tour is at 3.30pm. They take 1 hour and cost £9. You will need to book before hand as this is a popular attraction (can be done online) Estate opens 365 days and in... More
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