Dumfries House, Ayrshire

Dumfries House is a category A-listed building and is one of the most architecturally significant country houses in the UK. It was built between 1754 and 1760 by the Adam brothers for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, William Crichton-Dalrymple, with furniture bought specifically for the house made by Thomas Chippendale and the contemporary Edinburgh furniture makers William Mathie, Alexander Peter and Francis Brodie. This Scottish collection has no comparison anywhere in the world.

In 2007 it was bought for the nation by a new trust (The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust) set up by HRH the Prince of Wales as head of a consortium of funders.

Oliver Chapman Architects is acting as agent for the trust to convert the dwelling into a visitor attraction that is accessible to members of the public.


“It is a unique house and estate and, of course, a very special part of Scotland’s, and indeed the U.K.’s, heritage… .I am thrilled by the prospect of enabling people to enjoy this 18th Century treasure, but I also hope (and intend) that we can use the opening of the house, and the employment and facilities it will provide, as a way of helping to regenerate the whole surrounding area which has suffered much deprivation and disadvantage in recent years.”

HRH The Prince of Wales