A country estate in Edinburgh, Hopetoun House has been the home of the Hope family for over 300 years. Surrounded by acres of landscaped gardens, parks and farmland, visitors can explore the land through nature trails, cycle routes and guided walks.
The house was designed by William Bruce, then modernised by noted Edinburgh architect, William Adam in the 18th century, who added a sweeping facade. Adam was responsible for modernising much of Edinburgh's 'New Town' in the 1700s.
Visitors to the stately home can view the vast collections of paintings, furniture, tapestries, clocks and china, amassed over the years. The décor of the rooms epitomises Georgian design, and has remained practically unchanged over the centuries. Original carvings, plasterwork and gilding can be seen throughout Hopetoun House.
The gardens and woodland features trails that take visitors to impressive views of the Firth of Forth.
A lift is available to the first floor of the main house, and many of the outdoor trails are accessible with wheelchairs and prams. The Bruce House contains a digital display of the upper floor, as there is no lift.
Hopetoun House is a 30 minute drive from the centre of Edinburgh, and parking is free. Visitors are advised to ring the house for the latest routes, as satellite navigation systems lead to a locked entrance to the estate.
During peak season, the tearoom provides snacks and light meals.
The Ranger Center contains environmental and natural history information about the area. Here, visitors can find out about the local wildlife, and take part in family activities.
Toilets, disabled toilets and baby change facilities are available.
The Hopetoun House Preservation Trust,
Tel: 0131 331 2451