About the Tour

Thank you for your interest, we regret to say there are currently no further tours planned for 2023.

A more exclusive tour, it also offers visitors a much more in-depth look at the interior of the house, and the objects and artworks in the collection than on our standard 'House Tour' and 'Half Day Tour'.

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Marchmont Curator Francis Raeymaekers

Built in 1750 and 'aggrandised' in 1917, Marchmont contains some of the finest Georgian and Arts & Crafts interiors in Scotland: a perfect symbiosis of fine craft and design tradition.

The house was awarded the 2018 Historic Houses/Sotheby’s Award following a seven-year restoration, which was described by the jury as "stunning". The goal is now to bring the house alive as 'a home for Makers and Creators', celebrating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Event Timings

All tours start at the advertised event start time but doors open 20 minutes prior to the tour start time when tea/coffee and wonderful home-made shortbread will be served to suit your arrival.

About the house

Marchmont is an imposing ‘Grade A’ listed Palladian mansion built in 1750 by Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. Long thought to have been designed by William Adam but enacted by Thomas Gibson.

The interior at Marchmont 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.

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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 had passed since Lorimer’s ‘aggrandisement’ took place, and 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.

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The Saloon at Marchmont House

About the collection

Marchmont offers an immersive experience for those with an eclectic interest across different historic periods of decoration but is especially strong on arts and crafts furniture and post-war sculpture including works by Barbara Hepworth, Bernard Meadows, Lynn Chadwick and Antony Gormley.

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About Champagne Deutz

Deutz is a Champagne producer based in the Aÿ region. The house was founded in 1838 and run by successive generations of the Deutz and Geldermann families until 1983 when it was bought by the Rouzaud family, owners of Louis Roederer Champagne and a portfolio of wine estates around the world

"On the nose, the wine initially displays notes of hawthorn and white flowers, which are followed by aromas of toast, marzipan and ripe pears. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and elegant with the freshness of Chardonnay and richness of Pinot Noir. Overall, the wine is well-rounded with a fruity finish."

Good to know

Dogs are not allowed on tours, other than registered assistance dogs.

If you have any access or dietary requirements please let our office know after booking.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

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.

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