Visit to Dumfries House
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â€˜Preventing the break-up of a masterpieceâ€™ was the description given to Dumfries House and its contents. This was a great challenge for The Art Fund which gave an initial pledge of £2 million (later increased to £2.25 million) and hence got the campaign going. Hard work behind the scenes attracted several major donations, before the intervention of HRH The Prince of Wales brought the campaign to a successful end.
The Prince was quoted as saying â€˜I could not be more grateful to The Art Fund for its role in this interventionâ€™.
Members are invited to join an overnight visit which includes a private guided tour of Dumfries House and a light lunch in the attractive tearoom.
Also included is a visit to the private house of Katrina Clow who has only recently stepped down from her position as Regional Representative for Scotland. Katrina lives in historic Aiket Castle which is set in wonderful gardens and countryside. Accommodation is in the Irvine Menzies Hotel where members will enjoy an evening meal together. After breakfast the following morning be taken to Dumfries House, where the group will be divided in time for the first tour at 11.30am and the second at 12pm. Then have lunch and an opportunity to browse the shop which stocks a selection of quality gifts from around Scotland.
Next stop is Drumlanrig Castle where again have a private guided tour after which a return home.
The price of £140 includes luxury coach travel with Alan Burrell, bed and breakfast and evening meal at the Irvine Hotel, entry, private guided tour and light lunch at Dumfries House and entry and private guided tour of Drumlanrig. There is a £15 supplement for single rooms and it must be noted that there is quite a reasonable amount of walking at each venue so please take this into consideration when booking. This price does not include coffee or lunch on the first day.