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
The Prince of Wales met with representatives of the Commonwealth countries during the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Young artists from The Royal Drawing School attend their summer camp and Dumfries House.
The Rothesay Bridge linking in the many new estate woodland walks
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
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.
Dumfries House Queen Elizabeth Garden Opening