Marchmont is only open to the public for a limited number of days each year. In a new format for 2024 we have created monthly 'Tour Days' - each with a series of 60 minute guided House tours at timed intervals which offer the perfect opportunity to see inside a house that in 2018 was awarded the Historic Houses/Sotheby's Award for best restoration, described by the jury as 'stunning'. The tour takes in all the principal rooms on the ground and first floor.
Priority is given to online booking, however a very limited number of tickets for each slot will be available on the day at the House, but please do book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Please note: all tours start at the advertised time - so please aim to arrive in good time.
For your enjoyment The Old Kitchen Gallery will be open from 9:30 until 3:30pm serving tea, coffee and wonderful home-baking as well as home-made soups and quiches for you to enjoy before or after your tour. No separate booking is required.
As a 'home to 550 years of art history', and long-time supporters of the Borders Art Fair we are delighted to be holding tours to coincide with their open weekend on 16th and 17th March to allow visitors to enjoy both events. The BAF is at the Borders Event Centre in Kelso's Springwood Park - about 25 minutes drive from the House. You will find over 70 artists displaying their work there, including current Marchmont Studios residents Gary Anderson, Richard Goldsworthy, Michelle de Bruin, Josephine Crossland and The Marchmont Silversmithing Workshop.
Tours are being held to coincide with the Hugo Burge Foundation Open Studios Weekend.
Further details will be announced in due course.
Built in 1750 and 'aggrandised' in 1917, Marchmont contains some of the finest Georgian and Arts & Crafts interiors in Scotland: a perfect symbiosis of the craft and design tradition.
The house is long thought to have been designed by William Adam but enacted by Thomas Gibson. The interior is arguably one of the finest in Scotland and the house retains many of its original features, including the magnificent George II period plasterwork by Thomas Clayton, the pre-eminent plasterer of the time.
Major changes were made between 1914 and 1917 when the then owner, Robert Finnie McEwen commissioned the eminent Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer to enlarge the house and it stands today as perhaps the finest example of his 'grand' house refurbishments.
Over a hundred years have passed since Lorimer's 'aggrandisement' took place, and having spent 20 years as a care home it is something of an understatement to say the house was both institutionalised and unmodernised.
The comprehensive yet sensitive, seven year restoration was recently completed and has been the catalyst for an inspiring and passionate appreciation for craft and design tradition, quite literally observed through the layers of history of the house.
Tours are limited to 25 people and so are subject to availability.
Dogs are not allowed on tours other than registered Guide Dogs.
Our free cancellation period is 14 days in advance.
We will happily offer a refund or a credit for a later date before then, please do get in touch.
Should we cancel the event for any reason you will receive a complete refund.
A wide variety of tours are run regularly throughout the year.
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