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Newhailes is a fine late 17th-century house with impressive 18th-century additions and interiors, set in a fascinating 18th-century designed landscape. Bought in the early 1700s by Sir David Dalrymple, of the Scots legal and political dynasty, the most remarkable addition was the library, which played host to many famous figures of the Scottish Enlightenment. Much of the original decoration and furnishing has survived intact, though worn, retaining the mellowness of its interiors rather than being an immaculate restored dwelling.
What to see & do
With much of the original decorative scheme (the Chinese hand-painted wallpaper, painted woodwork and furnishings) surviving intact, Newhailes' interiors have mellowed beautifully, adding greatly to the character of the house.
Newhailes is also a unique achievement in conservation terms. Rather than attempt to re-create an immaculate dwelling, the Trust has worked hard to keep the house 'untouched' by modern hands.
The 18th-century designed landscape surrounding the house holds a few surprises of its own. Take time to explore and you will discover a raised walkway, a shell grotto hidden in the trees and a water garden, as well as a number of different waymarked walks and paths.
The property is run by the National Trust for Scotland. For more information including opening hours and admission fees, please see the website.