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    The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust

  • Dumfries House, Parterre  & Fountain
When Dumfries House first came to my attention in 2007, my vision for this Palladian mansion and its contents was to restore them to their former glory. In doing so, I hoped that present and future generations would be able to visit and enjoy the different facets of the life and times of a bygone era and to appreciate British craftsmanship at its best. Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house. The education programme, in collaboration with local schools and communities continues to grow and has fostered positive, interactive exchanges.
HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay
Set in 2,000 acres, this stunning Scottish Country House Estate and 18th-Century Palladian House has an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture, as well as examples of work by Scottish cabinetmakers of the 18th century. Dumfries House estate now offers a diverse educational programme focusing on employability skills, and has recently opened many woodland walks and the recently redesigned Queen Elizabeth Garden.

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  • Dumfries House

  • commonwealth games 2014

    The Prince of Wales met with representatives of the Commonwealth countries during the 2014 Commonwealth Games

  • Prince's Drawing School Summer Art Camp

    Young artists from The Royal Drawing School attend their summer camp and Dumfries House.

  • Rothesay Bridge

    The Rothesay Bridge linking in the many new estate woodland walks

  • Pierburg Kauffman

    Dumfries House Food Education programme for Primary pupils is based at the Pierburg Building and Kauffman educational gardens.

  • Workman John Morisson cleans the ceiling in the main front hallway of Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire

    Workman John Morisson cleans the ceiling in the main front hallway of Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire

Adopting one of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Scottish titles, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust was founded as an independent charitable Trust in November 2007 to manage, maintain and develop the Ayrshire based Dumfries House.

Dumfries House is an 18th Century Robert Adam designed stately home, which houses an unrivalled, fully documented collection of rococo furniture by Thomas Chippendale and three 18th Century Scottish cabinetmakers.

The house is situated in East Ayrshire, 30 miles from Glasgow, and is nestled in a 2000 acre estate which balances historic landscape features with active farming and forestry.

Threatened with sale and dispersal in 2007 Dumfries House was saved for the nation by HRH, The Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay (as The Prince is known in Scotland) who led a consortium of organisations and individuals in a passionate campaign for its rescue.

From the outset the Trust had two main objectives; first, to launch Dumfries House as a public visitor attraction and, second, to create an infrastructure which would act as a catalyst for the socio-economic, cultural, and educational regeneration of this part of Scotland.

The last few years have seen an exciting and fast-paced programme of conservation and restoration at the house and on the estate which has transformed this ‘hidden treasure’ in to one of Scotland’s most dynamic and engaging heritage sites.

Driven by the desire not only to preserve the outstandingly significant heritage, the Trust is simultaneously focused on creating opportunities for employment and training in an area of high unemployment and relative deprivation. The Dumfries House project represents a growing tribute to The Prince's belief in heritage-led regeneration.

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Dumfries House Queen Elizabeth Garden Opening

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  • Her Majesty The Queen officially opens the Queen Elizabeth Garden accompanied by TRHs The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.

    Queen Elizabeth Garden

    On 2nd July 2014 Her Majesty The Queen attended Dumfries House to carry out the formal opening of the newly refurbished and designed walled garden. Her Majesty met with many of the workers and gardeners who had put in their time and effort to creating a beautiful country house kitchen garden in the four and a half acre site. The design and overall development was over seen by garden designer Michael Innes, who has also reviewed and developed the designed landscape surrounding Dumfries House.

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  • Official Opening of the Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre

    Outdoor, residential, youth united

    On the 5th April, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and the Earl and Countess of Strathearn opened the Tamar Manoukian Outdoor Centre a 50 bed outdoor residential centre for use by Youth Groups, Schools and Community Groups. On the day 450 cadets and 100 adult volunteers supported the opening which was started with the flyover of a Sea king Helicopter and finished by the over flight of two RAF Typhoons from 6 Sqn RAF Leuchars. Further information can be obtained from Dumfries House Education on 01290 429918.