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Marchmont House


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Case Study Restoring Marchmont House The 18th century Marchmont House, one of Scotland’s grandest historic houses and can be found tucked away in the Scottish Borders. Situated amongst 5,500 acres, Marchmont House is a beautiful example of Scottish architecture, retaining many of the original features, including the plasterwork by the distinguished plasterer Thomas Clayton. The house has been beautifully and timelessly restored, having just undergone a three-year restoration, bringing it back to it’s former glory.

The Burge family have sensitively restored the house, maintaining the historic heritage but bringing the house into the 21st century. With the addition of central heating and hot water systems, the family have also ensure the internal history is was not forgotten, with many parts of the house decorated in the Georgian style and the style of Sir Robert Lorimer. It was important to retain both historic periods and so the house was furnished in the style of both, creating character in each of the individual rooms.

After years as a care home, which had begun to fail, the Burges concluded that the best way forward would be effectively to divide the building into functionally separate units without compromising its architectural integrity. These would comprise the Georgian state rooms, including large and small dining rooms, meeting rooms for conferences, a music and film room, self-contained flats for a housekeeper and caretaker, estate offices and, two apartments with the potential for holiday lets and shooting parties, including an eight-bedroom apartment and one main apartment. As well as offering the entire house as a venue for family and friends celebrations or corporate events.

The Burge family worked closely with Historic Scotland to ensure the property remained as historically preserved and planning permission could be granted to prevent further decline. At its core the house is an assortment of Georgian, and changes that were made at the turn of the 20th century by Sir Robert Lorimer. Lorimer is a key Scottish protagonist of the arts and crafts movement, and has had an impact on the Scottish Arts. With large parts of the house furnished in in the spirit of this movement, and other parts furnished in the Georgian style, there is diverse collection of furniture, pictures, textiles and ceramics. The family have kept this mixture, and done so tastefully and beautifully.

This attention to detail saw Marchmont House receive a special commendation for conservation and design in the 2016 Scottish Borders Design Awards and, a year later, a commendation in the 2017 Historic Houses Association/Sotheby’s Restorations Awards.
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