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

Conversations in Wood

3rd August 2019

– with special wood related house tours on 4th & 5th August

At the core of this experience is an exhibition showcasing the work contemporary ‘makers’ who use wood within their creative practice from across the Scottish Borders, Scotland and beyond. Through a series of talks concentrating on their personal conversations with wood as they sculpt, carve and shape their unique pieces of work, and with a selection of film screenings during the day at Marchmont, which highlight these special journeys, we will explore the relationship we have with this natural resource.

We are proud and excited to say that the array of talent (either represented by work, in person or on film) will include: Andrew Mackenzie, David Nash, Sebastian Cox, Charlie Poulsen, Pauline Burbidge, Lawrence Neal, Lucilla Sim, Thomas Hawson, Isabelle Moore, Angus Richardson, Anthony Bryant, Roland Fraser, Beth Legg, Naomi Mcintosh, Angus Ross, Eleanor Lakelin, Jim Partridge, Liz Walmsley, Edward Teasdale and Adrian McCurdy.

David Nash – ‘The Three Knobbers’ in the entrance hall at Marchmont.

Presented in collaboration with Visual Arts Scotland and The Scottish Gallery as well as Craft Scotland this will be a journey into the heart of making in wood.

Please click the link more information on the day’s programme, and to book tickets for Conversations in Wood

Please refer to our main Eventbrite page for our complete listings.

 

Visit

Marchmont is open to the public for a limited number of days each year for guided tours and special events, with the next tours on:

Saturday 24th August
Saturday 26th October
Saturday 23rd November
Saturday 14th December

All tickets must be booked in advance and are only available from our ticketing partner Eventbrite, you can just click on the links above.

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 882053