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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Next Event

‘Conversations with Steve Dilworth’

A residential weekend

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th September

A special weekend ‘house party’ event in the company of the artist Steve Dilworth including the first preview of a new film about his work.

This is a rare opportunity to meet the artist and hear them discuss their work, at the same time as allowing you enough time to allow you to unwind in the recently restored ‘Grade A’ listed Palladian mansion awarded the Historic Houses/Sotheby’ Award in 2018.

Limited to just the 20 guests staying in the House – this is an intimate ‘house party’ offering two nights stay with dinner, breakfast, lunch and drinks included.

.For full details, and to see a complete list of all our events please go to our Eventbrite booking page.

…followed by

‘Conversations with Trees’

A residential weekend

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd October

A a weekend of discovery, exploration and adventure into the heart of our relationship with trees and their significance in art history and the connection we have with them in the company of three artists who are members of the Arborealists group: Alex Egan, Fiona McIntyre & Tim Craven

The Arborealists are a group of European artists – painters, sculptors, engravers who have set themselves the goal of enhancing the trees, landscapes and forests of the countries where they exhibit. By choosing trees as a theme, they wish to exalt their beauty and contribute to their preservation.

Discuss their work in the context of the 5,000 acre Marchmont Estate and amongst its historic trees, at the same time as relaxing in the comfort and splendour of Marchmont House.

Tours

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

We are gradually re-opening in line with Covid regulations and are recently offered a new series of our popular ‘Outdoor Sculpture Tours’ that ran until the end of August. We are currently making plans to revive these.

All tour tickets must be booked in advance and are only available from our ticketing partner Eventbrite.

We hope to resume our regular 90 minute guided ‘House Tour’, or more in-depth (2 1/2 hours) ‘Curator’s Tour’ later in late Autumn.

Please be sure to sign up to our e-mailing list to be the first to hear about these, and all events at Marchmont.

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

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

Winners of the
Historic Houses/Sotheby’s Restoration Award 2018

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Marchmont Farms Limited
Marchmont
Greenlaw
Berwickshire
TD10 6YL

Tel: +44 (0)1361 866080