Regarded as Scotland’s finest stately home, Hopetoun House was designed by William Bruce for Charles Hope, later 1st Earl of Hopetoun. Work started in 1699 and the original, much smaller house was completed in 1707. The house as you now see it is mainly credited to William Adam, who began the extension work in 1721. After his death in 1748, work continued under his sons John and Robert Adam, with completion in 1767.
By road, you approach the house through ornate ironwork gates and enjoy great views of its elegant exterior. Its interiors are virtually unchanged since the Georgian era, with period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks. The finishes include finely crafted carving, gilding and ornate plasterwork.
Still used as a family home by the Hopes, who hold the titles of Marquess of Linlithgow and Earl of Hopetoun, the house also features a wealth of domestic detail. It is open daily to visitors in summer with optional guided tours at 2 pm. There is a seasonal tea room and nature trails within the grounds.
The surrounding Hopetoun Estate extends over 6500 acres and includes self-catering accommodation, clay pigeon shooting and Hopetoun Farm Shop. You will see fine mature woodland and deer of three kinds: red, roe and fallow.
Open between mid-April until end-September annually