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

Lou Gardiner’s Flying Acorn Campaign

Monday 20th June 2022 10:00-12:30

Calling all stitchers! Join us at Marchmont as we host the creative powerhouse and embroidery artist Lou Gardiner at the start of her Flying Acorn campaign.
Lou is recruiting volunteers to stitch flying acorns for her next exciting project the ‘Cape of Creative Courage’.
This spectacular collaboration will connect people from all walks of life though a shared interest in this traditional craft.

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Tea and Rhapsody – an afternoon at Marchmont

Saturday 30th July 2022 15:30-18:15

A relaxed musical afternoon at Marchmont offering a wonderful opportunity to hear the fully restored organ from 1919 being played by House Organist Simon Leach in duet with one of the most sought after violinists in the UK, Benedict Holland.
The concert takes place in the finest room at Marchmont – Sir Robert Lorimer’s magnificent Arts & Crafts oak-panelled ‘gem’ The Music Room.

Tea and cake will be served before the concert, and there is a drinks reception after the concert – both included in the ticket price. A perfect way to kickstart your weekend.

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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 one takes place on 29th July at 4pm.

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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Marchmont

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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