Thank you very much for your cooperation and patience during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Our operations at Arniston have been risk assessed and COVID-19 protocols put in place. We very much look forward to welcoming guests back to Arniston when government guidelines allow. We must ask that the general public continue to respect our closed status outside opening times for the safety of guests, residents and family. Updated 11/01/2021.
Arniston Estate is a 6,000 acre, working estate that is a wonderful example of thriving rural businesses and country lifestyle set within a short commute to the vibrant capital city of Edinburgh. Just 2 miles from the train station or 25 minutes by car, Arniston House offers the perfect blend of a countryside retreat a stone’s throw from the attractions and excitement of Edinburgh.
Arniston has been home to the Dundas family since 1571 and the family still live in the house today. The present owners, the Dundas-Bekker family have been involved in a long programme of restoration work and continue to lovingly reinstate the home that had been ravaged by dry rot in the 1950’s.
One of the most rewarding aspects is the opportunity to share this beautiful home and its history with visitors, taking them on an intriguing, 90-minute tour putting the house into context with not only the family history but Scottish and world events.
The family’s administration of Arniston House and the estate is guided by an unwavering commitment to preserving this remarkable legacy of history, architecture and art. The Arniston House collection contains generations of family portraits and exquisite artworks by artists such as Ramsay, Raeburn and Nasmyth; as well as beautiful period furniture, stunning architecture and stucco work. The grounds, policies and surrounding woodlands offer a peaceful and relaxing space to spend time in throughout the seasons.
With four charming holiday cottages available for year-round accommodation, we also offer a range of activities for our guests to book on the estate to enhance their experience while staying with us.
Arniston Estate is a 6,000 acre, working estate that is a wonderful example of thriving rural businesses and country lifestyle set within a short commute to the exciting and amazing city of Edinburgh. Just 2 miles from the rail station or 25 minutes by car, Arniston House offers the perfect blend of a countryside retreat a stone’s throw from the attractions and excitement of Edinburgh.
With four, charming holiday cottages available for year-round accommodation, we also offer a range of activities for our guests to book on the estate to enhance their experience while staying with us. Guests can arrange for to hire bikes, have a whisky tasting, clay pigeon shooting, archery, fishing, guided foraging treks, drone flying lessons and much more. Hampers are also available to book to ensure that the cottage is well stocked with guest’s preferences of locally grown produce.
Arniston House Guided Tour
15th July – 13th September
An Arniston Wedding
With a range of wedding packages available for you to chose from, every last detail of your wedding can be customised to meet the exact vision you have for your day. Surrounded by the beauty of the countryside, an experienced Events Team and a timeless charm, you are sure to have the wedding of your dreams when booking an Arniston Wedding.
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The land once occupied by the Knights Templar and The Knights of St. John was purchased in 1571 for a second son, James, by George Dundas. Birth place of two Presidents of the Court of Session, Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville and a fond favourite of Sir Walter Scott, Arniston has more than four centuries of family history, heritage and is an integral part of Scottish and World history.
A Wave from The Window ~ Althea Dundas-Bekker
Arniston is chiefly an events place. It is events which raise the funds to keep the bricks and mortar etc. of the house and estate in order. But the family still does determinedly keep two afternoons weekly in the early summer and then later Sundays as well, for family guided tours of the house. My daughter Henny and I do the tours and also Anne Buchan, our chief guide who loves and is as enthusiastic of the history of the house as we are.
But with this present situation, like our fellow countrymen and their businesses and attractions, we are not able to open the house just now, and we cannot say for how long, but rest assured the moment things improve we shall be open.
We have been advised to stay in our homes so your presence here would have to be curtailed. But in the meantime here we all are, and although close contact with our fellow man is rigorously advised against, we can still give each other a cheery wave from afar.
As I am not able to tell the story of Arniston inside the house at the moment I do intend nonetheless every week or so to give a little history of various parts of the outside. I know a lot of you park your cars just off the B6372 opposite the Cugar Gates and my first item of historical interest therefore will be to email the story of the Crouching Cugars on the pillars.
We do wish you and yours all the best.
Althea And Hennie Dundas-Bekker
ADB owner since 1970
01875 830 515
From the south – A7 turn left onto the B6372 road sign posted Penicuik and Temple, Arniston is then the second turning on the right which is about a mile from the A7. From the north – it is the same procedure turning right onto the B6372. Arniston is about 40 minutes from central Edinburgh
By Rail: Gorebridge train station is on the Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverly line and is just 2 miles from Arniston. It is advisable to pre book a taxi if required.
By Bus: The nearest bus stop to Arniston is just 2 miles from the house. The stop is the last stop on the route called Birkenside. From the A7 follow the brown signs to the house on the B6372.