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Arbuthnott House


The Ground Floor and Gardens

Descending the early 18th century stone stairs, which were a later addition brings the visitor to the 18th century front door of the house which would have originally opened on to the old castle courtyard. Beyond this door there are modern domestic additions within the are of the old courtyard. Through these it is possible to return to the entrance hall at which point the visitor leaves the house once again by the front door at which he entered.

At a later date it is hoped to open the old kitchen and also to show the vaulted cellars of the early castle. However, much restoration is still required to these buildings and others before they can be viewed.

For those wishing to see the gardens the entrance is up a short flight of stone steps in a grass bank near the front door. The garden is an attractive feature of the family house of Arbuthnott and the lady of the house has successively embellished it in her own fashion over the last 300 years. It has always been treated as an extension to the house itself and no attempt was made in the 18th or 19th centuries to divorce the house from the garden as was customary at that time. The four grass terraces are intersected by diagonal grass walks terminating at the south-west corner with an iron stag and target. Originally set out as a formal garden with clipped hedges giving protection for herbs and shrubs, it has today evolved into a garden of great variety which still, however, claims most of its charm and interest from the formal nature of its pattern and from its setting on the sides of a hill leading down to the stream which is derived from the Bervie water lying across the haugh.

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Clan Arbuthnott

 


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