26th July 2012
We had the pleasure of welcoming three local ladies, Elizabeth, Rena and Adele, on our tour to Dumfries House today. Leaving Melrose, we headed to Dumfries House via the beautiful Tweed Valley, Peebles and Biggar. Morning tea/coffee and lovely freshly baked scones was served at Tinto Hill Tea Room.
Dumfries House was designed in the Palladin style during the 1750s by John and Robert Adam for the 5th Earl of Dumfries. In 1814 the property was inherited by the 2nd Marquis of Bute and remained in the family until 2007. In November 2007 the house and estate were purchased from 7th Marquis by a consortium led by HRH the Duke of Rothesay; this saved the house, contents and estate from being broken up. Today an independent trust, The Great Steward’s of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust manages the house, grounds and remarkable collection of 18th century furniture which includes specially commissioned Thomas Chippendale pieces.
The tour of the house and its treasures by extremely knowledgeable guides added to the experience of the visit. It’s only after experiencing the tour that you realise how fortunate it was that the house and its contents were saved for the nation. Following our tour we had a delicious lunch in the Coach House Café. There are several well maintained walks of varying length throughout the estate.
Leaving Dumfries House we travelled south into Dumfriesshire passing through the beautiful hills and glens that surround Wanlockhead and Leadhills. Travelling via Biggar and Peebles we arrived back in Melrose.
We were delighted when Elizabeth, Rena and Adele expressed how much that they had enjoyed their day at Dumfries House and tour home. We look forward to welcoming the ladies on other Borders Journeys’ tours.
30th July 2012
We had the pleasure of welcoming Miss Brownlee, Mrs Paterson, Mr & Mrs Dowell plus our most loyal customer, Barbara Blackport aboard. Leaving Melrose, we headed to Dumfries House via the beautiful Tweed Valley and Peebles. We had morning tea/coffee in Biggar plus there was time to browse around the varied independant shops.
We had a delicious lunch in the Coach House Café followed by a fascinating tour of the house by our very knowledgeable guide. Following afternoon tea we travelled south into Dumfriesshire passing through the beautiful hills and glens that surround Wanlockhead and Leadhills. Travelling via Biggar and Peebles we arrived back in Melrose.
It was a pleasure to spend today with our visitors, we were delighted that they enjoyed their day with us at Dumfries House.
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