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

Arts & Crafts Textiles Celebration

Saturday 1st February 2020

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

William Morris is arguably the most famous of the Arts and Crafts luminaries, but the often overlooked story of his daughter May Morris and her contribution to the movement, particularly in the field of textiles, needs to be celebrated.

Connecting with the landmark ‘May Morris: Art & Life’ exhibition at Dovecot Studios and presented in association with the William Morris Gallery, this is an opportunity to take an in-depth look at the importance of Arts and Crafts textiles. Exploring the hidden stories behind these objects, we will look to the key themes of nature, beauty and a sense of community that drove the movement.

Detail from May Morris tapestry screen at Marchmont

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.

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 26th October – SOLD OUT
Saturday 23rd November – SOLD OUT
Saturday 14th December – SOLD OUT

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 866080