Welcome to Marchmont

Marchmont House is an imposing ‘Grade A’ listed Palladian mansion built in 1750 by Hugh Hume-Campbell, 3rd Earl of Marchmont. Long thought to have been designed by William Adam, it is possibly the work of the celebrated architect James Gibbs, and enacted by Thomas Gibson.

Major changes were made between 1914 and 1917 when the then owner, Robert Finnie McEwen commissioned the eminent Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer to enlarge the house and it stands today as perhaps the finest example of his ‘grand’ house refurbishments.

Situated at the heart of the Marchmont Estate, it lies to the east of the village of Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders, 19 miles west of Berwick-upon-Tweed and just 40 miles from Edinburgh.

Georgian plaster ceiling by Thomas Clayton at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire
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Our Next Events

Open Studios @ Marchmont Studios

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2022

We are pleased to announce our second ‘Open Studios’ weekend for 2022 where a wide range of our resident and visiting artists will onsite to introduce themselves, show their work and possibly even sell some too. There will also be an expanded ‘Makers Market’ where local makers will showcase their works, plus a variety of catering outlets.

Open from 10am to 5pm – FREE arrival slots can be booked every 30 minutes, but we ask you to consider a voluntary donation of £3 per visitor to our charity partner Marchmont Markers Foundation to support future artist residencies and local community projects.

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Outdoor Sculpture Tours during Open Studios

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2022

Take a gentle stroll around the outdoor sculpture collection at Marchmont, with surely something for everyone, from early 18th C. to 2021.

These guided tours will include the recently renovated Walled Garden that is not normally open to the public, and will shine a light on the giants Anthony Gormley, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull, and David Nash, as well as showcasing a new generation of ‘local hero’ sculptors working in Scotland today, including; Keith McCarter, Frippy Jameson and Charlie Poulsen. There are 8 guided tours each day lasting 75 mins.

Ticket holders can get access to Open Studios after their tour, and so a separate ticket is not required.

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…followed by

Fair Isle and Orkney Strawback Chairs weekend

2nd-4th September 2022

Eve Eunson is a Shetland based furniture designer inspired by the vernacular furniture of Fair Isle. She will be joined by ‘The Orkney Furniture Maker’ Kevin Gauld. Together they will explore these two endangered straw crafts, share insight into their practices and discuss how they came to be involved with the Heritage Crafts Association who have helped highlight these endangered crafts in recent years.

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At Home with the Scottish Colourists

16th-18th September 2022

Sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull

Alice Strang, Curator of the National Galleries of Scotland Scottish Colourist Series of retrospective exhibitions and now a Senior Specialist of Modern and Contemporary Art at Lyon & Turnbull, will give talks and lead a session examining paintings, works on paper and sculptures by F. C. B. Cadell, J. D. Fergusson, G. L. Hunter, S. J Peploe and others.

Alice will be joined by Marchmont Creative Spaces resident artist and contemporary Colourist, Gary Anderson, who will host a studio visit to discuss his work and will encourage our guests to create their own Colourist masterpieces.

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Guided Tours

Marchmont is normally only open to the public for a limited number of days each year for guided tours and special events.

All tickets must be booked in advance and are only available from our ticketing partner Eventbrite or by using the form below.

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Aerial view of Marchmont

Those looking for a more in-depth look at the interior of the house should consider our exclusive ‘Curator’s Tour’ – a two-hour guided tour led by our Curator Francis Raeymaekers which is followed by a glass of our ‘house’ Champagne Deutz and canapés.

The next available one takes place on Sunday 28th August at 3pm.

Are you are a member of a historical, architectural, arts or community group that would be interested in a private tour? This can be arranged for groups of around 20 or more on a date to suit. Please do contact us for information.

About

The interior at Marchmont is arguably one of the finest in Scotland, and the house retains many of its original features, including the magnificent George II period plasterwork by Thomas Clayton, the pre-eminent plasterer of the time.

Over a hundred years had passed since Lorimer’s ‘aggrandisement’ took place, and and having spent 20 years as a care home it is something of an understatement to say the house was both institutionalised and unmodernised.

Georgian plaster ceiling by Thomas Clayton at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire
Georgian plaster ceiling by Thomas Clayton at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire

The goal of the current owners was to make Marchmont usable in a practical way – ‘stately yet homely’, and to bring it to life in a way that was true to its outstanding architectural history.

A comprehensive, yet sensitive six-year restoration was carried out that has been the catalyst for an inspiring and passionate appreciation for craft and design tradition, quite literally observed through the layers of history of the house.

Marchmont was awarded the prestigious 2018 Historic Houses/Sotheby’s Restoration Award as a result.

Venue

Only 40 miles from Edinburgh, Marchmont is a spectacular venue for gatherings of a family, friends or corporate nature. It stands just 19 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed’s excellent train connections to London (3h 36m), Newcastle (45m), and York (1h 44m).

Its splendid reception rooms offer a wide variety of options; perfect for a small group staying overnight who want privacy and intimacy but at the other end of the scale just as special for hosting a conference for up to 200 people.

The Billiard Room at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire
The Meeting Room at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire

The house is equipped with a professional kitchen, fibre broadband and video-conferencing. There are multiple bars, a film room and ‘old-school’ indoor entertainment; snooker, ping-pong and bar billiards, not to mention the surrounding countryside for those who prefer outdoor pursuits. 

Please contact us with your requirements.

Stay

Outstanding accommodation is available for up to 20 people in ten guest bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. Eight of which are located on a self-contained guest floor which includes a kitchen, dining room and living room, and can be reached by lift from a private entrance.

There are also five ‘staff’ bedrooms that can be let additionally.

Georgian bedroom at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire
Georgian bathroom at Marchmont House, Greenlaw, Berwickshire

Set at the heart of the estate, the house offers privacy and seclusion, but has all the modern conveniences required, including the latest in central heating and hot water systems, and fibre broadband.

The house is available, in-part or as a whole, for private or corporate lettings on a daily or weekly basis.

Please contact us for further information.

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Historic Houses/Sotheby’s Restoration Award 2018

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Marchmont Farms Limited
Marchmont
Greenlaw
Berwickshire
TD10 6YL

Tel: +44 (0)1361 866080