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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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Montrose DD10 9LQ, Scotland
+44 1674 810264
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 6 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The house is very interesting with the rooms having been restored to their former use. The staff were the friendliest we have ever met. The walled garden is a little gem, and there are very good woodland walks.

Thank AnneandArk
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review Delighted that you enjoyed your visit and the staff were so welcoming thanks

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a viewing around the amazing main house, beautiful gardens, shop and surrounding area ( go find the huge trees outside the wall) it was great to sit down to amazing smokey coffee and possibly the most delicious cakes ever.! Very helpful and friendly staff...More

ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback I have passed your comments on to the staff, delighted that you had a great day out at Dun

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting design as the house has various false doors and windows that can turn into doors so that every side of the house appears to be the front. Even though we had no children on our tour everyone ended up very invested in finding...More

Thank Kelsey M
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

From your response I think you were on a tour of several properties and the hour overrun was in relation to your day and not the tour, there was a delay when one of the party received sad news that a close relative had died...More

Reviewed 16 July 2017

We were greeted with a brilliant and friendly tour guide who took us on a journey thru this magnificent house and grounds stopping of in the gift shop which is very reasonabley priced and a coffee house on grounds which too was excellent .on the...More

Thank John B
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

delighted that you enjoyed your visit, the next time you visit the fairies will have flown the nest and made their homes in the grounds at Dun Fairy doors have started to appear

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Went here at the beginning of July too see all the interesting items inside and outside started with a guided tour of the house plenty too see and a knowledgably guide then a stroll through the gardens with plenty to see after went to the...More

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ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Many thanks for your review and delighted you enjoyed your visit

Reviewed 11 July 2017

A visit to House of Dun is like stepping back in time. You get a real sense of how the gentry lived. Definitely upstairs downstairs! There is even an en suite with overbath shower which would have had to have the water pumped by a...More

Thank AdinaBB
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this beautiful house. Totally enhanced by an excellent tour led by James, who gave just the right amount of detail to the group. Really interesting stuff about the house - interiors, furniture etc - and it's former occupants. Recommended !

Thank Aileen581
ntsjohn M, Manager at House of Dun, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Thank you for your review of property tour of house etc. Always pleased to see that when folks visit they have had such a good time they take the time to let the property know and other potential visitors

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2 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