Years ago, many years ago, I visited Hopetoun House. I must have been very young at the time, just a child, because I recall the impressive scale of the building, but little else. I never thought to return until a few weeks ago when, one sunny Sunday afternoon, we decided to drive out to Hopetoun and take a woodland walk through the grounds with our dachshund Harris.
Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun House was completed in the early 18th century and has been home to the Hope family for over 300 years.
The house was designed by Sir William Bruce and was later altered and extended by William Adam, who was responsible for designing the front elevation, shown in the earlier photos here. The rear elevation is Bruce's original design. It's quite something...
Hopetoun House is staggering in its scale. The building is considered to be one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture in Britain.
Visitors can take a guided tour of the house, but as we were with Harris, we headed to the woods instead.
Other than the resident black sheep and the deer, and a smattering of other visitors, we had the place to ourselves. Magical. There are 150 acres of grounds to explore.
Can't wait to come back and experience this beautiful place in the spring.
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