The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Arniston House

Lothians: About 2 miles south-west of Gorebridge, on minor roads north off B6372, just east of River South Esk, at Arniston.

 

Private   NT 326595   OS: 66   EH23 4RY

 

OPEN: Open Apr-Jun, guided tours on Tue & Wed starting at 14.00 and 15.30; Jul-mid Sep, Tue, Wed and Sun at 14.00 and 15.30; private groups of 10-50 accepted all year by prior arrangement; grounds open 12.00-17.00 on open days. Holiday cottages.
Tel: 01875 830515   Web: www.arniston-house.co.uk  

Arniston House, a fabulous classical mansion with a homely period interior in landscaped grounds near Gorebridge in Midlothian in central Scotland and long held by the Dundas family. Arniston House (© Martin Coventry)

Site of castle, with a vaulted basement, known latterly as ‘Old Arniston House’. Dating from before 1592, the old house was mostly demolished when the present house was built, an impressive symmetrical classical mansion of three storeys and a basement with lower flanking wings. The first part of this house was designed by William Adam, with later work by John and Robert Adam. The house incorporates some of the castle.

Arniston House, a fabulous classical mansion with a homely period interior in landscaped grounds near Gorebridge in Midlothian in central Scotland and long held by the Dundas family. Arniston House (© Martin Coventry)

‘Arnistoun’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of the Lothians in a park, then ‘Arnestoun’ on Adair’s map of Midlothian.

Arniston House, a fabulous classical mansion with a homely period interior in landscaped grounds near Gorebridge in Midlothian in central Scotland and long held by the Dundas family. Arniston House (old postcard)

This was a property of Sir James Dundas, who was knighted by James VI, and many of the family were lawyers and statesmen. The present Arniston was built for Robert Dundas of Arniston by William Adam in 1726. The house was altered in 1754 and 1877, and is still owned by the same family, now Dundas Bekker. 

Arniston House, a fabulous classical mansion with a homely period interior in landscaped grounds near Gorebridge in Midlothian in central Scotland and long held by the Dundas family. Arniston House: grounds (© Martin Coventry)

A section was gutted because of dry rot, and is undergoing restoration. The house retains fine plasterwork, family portraits and period furniture, and the garden is in a pleasant country setting.

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