Prince’s Foundation invites public to Judge Summer House design for Dumfries House walled garden.

The Prince’s Foundation invites the public to have their say in the design of a new Summer House for the walled garden at Dumfries House. As part of the annual Summer School programme, students will see a live construction project through from design to build and the public are invited to participate in choosing the winning design.

During the Summer School, students work in teams to develop their designs one of which, will eventually take pride of place in the walled garden at Dumfries House. HRH, The Prince of Wales saved the Dumfries House Estate for the nation and the regeneration that has occurred since the purchase has seen significant transformation in the area.

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Posted on 5th July 2012

Dumfries House Community Awards Presented

Over £30,000 awarded to ten local groups.

To coincide with the national celebrations marking Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust awarded a number of grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to volunteer and charitable groups who work to benefit their communities in Cumnock, New Cumnock, Auchinleck and Ochiltree. The Dumfries House Community Awards will take place each year with the primary aim being to support those who work to bring added value to the local community. It is anticipated that next year the geographical area will be extended to include additional local towns and villages to make funding available across the wider community.

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Posted on 20th June 2012

Outdoor Instructor & Youth United Ayrshire Coordinator

Dumfries House is looking to employ an Outward Activity Instructor.

Reporting to the CEO/Project Director, Dumfries House or their nominated representative and The Chair of Youth United Ayrshire or their nominated representative, the successful applicant will be responsible for the management and development of an outward activity centre, including all aspects of course development, course design, health & safety, risk assessment, maintenance/support of equipment and development of resources to meet the needs of Uniformed Youth Groups in Ayrshire within an outward activity environment.

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Posted on 22nd May 2012

A Time to Give…The Dumfries House Community Awards

Recognising Local Support

Since it was saved for the nation by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay and first opened to the public in 2007, Dumfries House has benefited greatly from the support, loyalty and goodwill of many people, particularly those from the local community.

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Posted on 20th April 2012

Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls

Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th of May 2012

This 2-day Course will provide hands-on instruction and training in the skills and techniques involved in constructing and repairing Dry Stone Walls. The course is aimed at Private Individuals, Estate and Farm Staff, Construction Industry Professionals, as well as those involved in landscape conservation and enhancement projects.

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Posted on 20th April 2012

HRH the Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay officially opens new guest house at Dumfries House Estate

On Wednesday 4th April, to coincide with the start of the new visitor season at Dumfries House, a new Guest House, Dumfries House Lodge, was officially opened by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay.

This six bedroomed luxury guest house is a new venture for the Dumfries House Trust which was set up by His Royal Highness in 2007. The Dumfries House Lodge will provide accommodation for individual guests within the beautiful setting of the Dumfries House Estate and will also provide overnight accommodation within the Estate for those attending private or corporate events and dinners at Dumfries House.

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Posted on 4th April 2012

Stannah stairlift helps open up Dumfries House, East Ayrshire

In time for the Spring opening season on 4th April, the magnificent 250 year old Dumfries House in Ayrshire has been fitted with a special addition to add to its historic furnishings. 

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Posted on 29th March 2012 tagged stannah stairlift

Sunday Walks at Dumfries House Estate

Join our popular Dumfries House Estate Sunday morning. Enjoy a historic exploration of the estate and get the latest on our current development while walking in the fresh air. All welcome… including dogs! .

The walk will take you from the historic Stable and Coach House, via the Laundry Building/Artist Studios  across the Adam Bridge. From here you will follow the Lime Walk to the site of the Walled Garden and back across the river to the western most boundary of the original estate. The Beech Avenue will join the Estate Road from the west gates and take you to the Dovecot – the oldest surviving building on the estate. A brief stop at the sawmill will continue to the Coach House Cafe where the walk will conclude.

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Posted on 27th March 2012

Horse Bloggers

Further along the riverside walk, a fallen lime tree proved a daunting obstacle even for the hardy volunteers. Some extra muscle power was required!

‘Sultan’ was ready and willing for the task! The Belgian Ardennes stallion is part of the Lenihan’s Celtic Horse logger team, from Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, who are currently working on the Estate. Controlled by voice commands, this heavy duty, but environmentally friendly, ‘tractor’ managed to drag the logs along boggy paths on very uneven ground.

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Posted on 27th January 2012

Celebrating Burns

The Prince of Wales (The Duke of Rothesay as he is known in Scotland) recorded a reading of “My Heart’s In The Highlands” in January 2009, to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

‪Burns Night, which is held on Burns’s birthday, 25th January, is the annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. “My Heart’s In The Highlands” was written by Burns in 1789, and is one of the poet’s most famous songs.‪

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Posted on 24th January 2012