Places to visit

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

Perfect Georgian country house with amazing architecture and hidden gems

  • Explore this elegant Georgian country house set amongst glorious gardens and woodland.

  • Admire the extravagant plasterwork in the saloon.

  • Find the clockwork roasting spit in the kitchen – this labour-saving device was at the forefront of technology.

  • Enjoy the woodland walks and look out for otters, roe deer and red squirrels along the way.

  • Venture down to Montrose Basin Nature Reserve in autumn and winter to see the amazing spectacle of thousands of geese and ducks.

Designed with Georgian pride and baroque extravagance by renowned architect William Adam, House of Dun is every bit the perfect 18th-century laird’s home.

It took 13 years to complete and the precision shows in the fine details. Joseph Enzer’s plasterwork in the saloon is masterful – classical tableaux and family emblems rise thickly from the walls and ceilings with filigree flourishes. Throughout the house, hand-stitched woolwork and embroideries by Lady Augusta FitzClarence, daughter of William IV and actress Dorothy Jordan are equally impressive.

Finally, step into the wildlife-rich outdoors, where beautiful formal gardens are surrounded by acres of Montrose woodland.