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.

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

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.

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Events

Our next event

CORONAVIRUS – AN UPDATE

It is with great regret that we decided to postpone our Inspiring Women Artists event from the original event date of Saturday 25th April 2020 in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is paramount, and as Marchmont is also a family home we feel it appropriate to take this step, and to review our forthcoming public events on a rolling, two monthly basis.

In consultation with the speakers, organisers and sponsors we are pleased to have been able to reschedule this event for next year, on Saturday 10th April – with the same programme and speakers.

We would very much like the original ticket holders to join us and so ask that they defer your tickets until then (as we were approaching capacity), however we appreciate that this arrangement may be difficult for some, and so will very happily offer a full and immediate refund should that not be appropriate, and at any time before then.

We hope this decision doesn’t cause you too much inconvenience, and thank you for your interest in Marchmont, and for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you under more favourable circumstances.

Inspiring Women Artists

Saturday 10th April 2021

10:00am to 7:00pm – Registration from 9:30am

In partnership with Royal Scottish Academy, Mansfield Traquair Trust and Women’s Fund Scotland

A celebration of inspiring women mural painters and artists of the late 19th Century, focusing on Phoebe Anna Traquair, Mary Seton Watts, Louisa Waterford and the women artists of the Pre-Raphaelite ‘Sisterhood’.

This all-day event considers the important influence these artists had on their contemporaries and future generations, by retelling their stories, re-establishing their reputations and considering their artistic legacies.

Speakers include: Dr Elizabeth Cumming, Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable, Dr Jan Marsh, Kirsty Stonell Walker, Sandy Wood, Dr Louise Boreham, Sandra Pollard, Julia Alexandra Mee and Sir John Leighton.

Sponsored by Lyon & Turnbull and supported by Arts & Crafts Tours

Tickets for this all-day event are £75 and include morning coffee, a buffet lunch, tea and an early evening drinks reception.

For more information, and to book please visit our Eventbrite page.

Tours

CORONAVIRUS – AN UPDATE

It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel all our forthcoming tours in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

We intend to add extra tours later in the year, but in the meantime ticket holders will receive a full refund, and we will review our forthcoming public events on a rolling two monthly basis.

We hope this decision doesn’t cause you too much inconvenience, and thank you for your interest in Marchmont, and for your understanding.

Marchmont is open to the public for a limited number of days each year for guided tours, but we offer three types: a 90 minute guided ‘House Tour’, a more in-depth (2 1/2 hours) ‘Curator’s Tour’ and finally the ‘Maker’s Tour’ – an occasional series of tours led by artists where you will explore the house and the extraordinary objects and artworks in the Marchmont collection though their eyes.

All tickets must be booked in advance and are only available from our ticketing partner Eventbrite, you can just click on the links corresponding to the times or go to: marchmont.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Are you a member of a historical, architectural, arts or local community group of around 20 or more? A private tour can be arranged on a date to suit, please contact us for details.

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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.

Arts & Crafts

Whilst the old core parts of the house are Georgian, we wanted to embrace the changes made at the turn of the 20th century by Sir Robert Lorimer – a key Scottish protagonist of the arts & crafts movement. As this is a period, style and way of thinking we have an interest in, we have dedicated large parts of the house to being furnished in the spirit of the movement.

There is a diverse collection of furniture, pictures, textiles and ceramics from this period including pieces by Gimson, Barnsley, Lorimer, Clissett, Lutyens, Thompson, E A Taylor and Whytock & Reid.
There are plans to hold events dedicated to this important period in Scottish & English design.

Acorn detail on Robert Lorimer wardrobe at Marchmont House

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Marchmont Farms Limited
Marchmont
Greenlaw
Berwickshire
TD10 6YL

Tel: +44 (0)1361 866080