The House & Grounds
The current family members, Althea Dundas-Bekker and her daughter, Henrietta Dundas will take you on a guided tour of their home which begins in the magnificent Hall with its elaborate stucco work by Joseph Enzer among many other intriguing features. A brief background history will enable you to experience the house as it was and now is namely a grand Georgian mansion house but also remaining a family home.
Other principle rooms on the tour include John Adam’s Dining Room and Drawing Room which are now restored having been gutted due to dry rot in the 1950s. The oldest room in the house is the atmospheric Oak Room where hangs portraits of past generations of the family. The house boasts two Library’s from different eras and one with a secret door! The original William Adam Library is now home to an extensive collection of ceramics including Meissen and Sevres sets and a Bealby glass. The portrait room at the top of the house has an impressive collection of paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn and Romney.
Visitors are encouraged to walk in the tranquil grounds. The policies make for a romantic setting among ancient Beech, Lime and Oak Trees. The Sunken Garden which is a pleasant walk across the policies gives the chance to admire the south façade of the house in all its glory. To the North, Arniston looks over to Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh or Auld Reekie in the distance.