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A country Guest House

Self Catering Cottages

Luxury guest rooms

Relax and feel at home

Breakfast included in room rate

Dine at the Woodlands

Superb country walks

The magnificent Dumfries House

The Coach House Cafe

A whole estate to explore

Our exquisite Breakfast / Dining Room

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History

Formerly named ‘Causeyhead’ and originally the farm foreman’s house, the ‘Garden Cottage’ became the factor’s house right up until the second half of the 20th century. Evidence suggests that the house was constructed circa 1750 and in use by 1756, just before Dumfries House was finished (1759). The builder‘s name is unknown. The Adam brothers’ input appears to be limited to John Adam building the gate and wall at the Mains between 1760 and 1761.

The house was sited on the main approach to Leifnorris, the old house which the 5th Earl occupied before he completed Dumfries House. However, this appears to have remained the main access to Dumfries House until at least 1760 when the Adam Bridge was constructed. The house presents its ‘show front’ to the A 70, now somewhat concealed by the front garden, and carefully screens from view the courtyard of buildings to the north. This suggests that the ‘Garden Cottage’ was intended to function as a formal entrance lodge to the estate.

The only illustration that survives of the complex is the rather naive perspective on the John Home Estate plan of 1772. It shows the newly completed Dumfries House and the ‘Garden Cottage’ almost identical to the design of the two pavilions of the ‘big hoose’. Interestingly, the courtyard arrangement of the farm buildings pays tribute to the agricultural improvements which were prevalent in Scotland from the early 18th century, however the farm here at Dumfries House is free from the architectural pretensions favoured at the time and is presented as a practical farm, which has subsequently grown and been altered when required.

A record from 1820 shows that the new stables were built at the Mains with a considerably extended farm range by 1857. At this time the ‘Garden Cottage’ also has had a porch added. A bow window and extension to the east (the latter recently demolished) had been added by the late 19th century.

Buildings to the north of the Cottage including the old meat larder (substation) may be connected to the architect Robert Weir-Schultz who extended Dumfries House from the mid-1890s onward. A footbridge used to link this site to the 19th century woodland paths beside Polcalk Burn and the Burn Garden.

In 2011 an extensive and ambitious programme of renovation works was undertaken. This has transformed the property into an exclusive, luxurious Guest House featuring five individually designed guest bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facilities. The newly named Dumfries House Lodge was officially opened by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay on 4th April 2012.