Monday, 4 August 2014

Royal Hunting Lodge - Part 2





A royal hunting lodge has existed on this site since the 1100s. The house and estate has been owned by the same family for over
500 years and it is said to be the oldest continuously occupied house in Scotland.
Today it is the home of the present laird and her family.

Rooms open to the public are on three floors on the left side of the house. The wing to the left houses the chapel and to the right
is the dining room which is available for parties and weddings.
















The chapel












Drawing room




Library




A bed chamber




 The room where Mary Queen of Scots and her infant son are thought to have slept on a visit in 1566.
Her host was the then laird Sir John Stewart.




The cradle in which the infant Prince James slept.




In the museum room  -   purses and a shoe which belonged to Mary.




Embroidered priest's vestment.




The maze, seen through old glass.

Looking out from this window, the centuries roll back  -   there's a stillness and warmth in this house.
All rooms at the back have wonderful views of the maze and forest beyond.





Smoke emerges from the brew house in cellars beneath the chapel.
Ale has been brewed here since the 1700s. Produced in limited quantities it is exported as far afield
as America and Japan.




Coachman's coat from the 1800s.



Shared with     Mosaic Monday        Our World Tuesday

31 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Very nice house, one I'd like to visit when I get the chanc eto go back to Scotland. Sad the place has to be open to the public to make ends meet now but good that we can see round it.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Wow what an amazing house....great photos....love all the bits of history, shoes, cloths etc. ....it is beautifully furnished .....thanks for taking us on this tour.....I enjoyed it very much!

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely house to tour! So many pretty things to see. The maze is cool! Thanks for sharing your visit, have a happy day!

Diana Taylor said...

What a beautiful house - I'm pretty sure I've seen it featured on Bargain Hunt! Such history associated with it - thank you for such a wonderful tour!

biebkriebels said...

Thanks for sharing, the interior looks stunning, I like the dresses they show.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very fancy hunting lodge. ;))

A wondering star said...

Thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful place to visit. I enjoyed seeing the royal hunting inside and hear the fascinating story. I love the window with sculptures and pea flowers and the exciting maze.
I love your country!

Eva Jorunn :-)

Tammie Lee said...

such a long long history
that maze is a'maz'ing

fun to see your photos Ruby

Shirley said...

Very stately! At first I was drawn to the library, then to the bed chambers, but at last my eye fell upon the maze and the scenes from the windows. The gardens are as fabulous as the interior.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Such opulence for a home that dates back this far. I love looking at the clothing they wore and enjoyed your post.

dritanje said...

Astonishing to see a shoe worn by Mary. Would she ever have guessed that all these centuries later her shoe would be displayed, and of interest to people?
Gorgeous pic of the butterfly. Then there's the maze - did you walk in it?
M xx

A Quiet Corner said...

Love the maze through old glass the best but the entire collection is as grand as the house!...:)JP

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely historic post and photos ~ and love some of the creative 'window' shots for OWT ~

Joyful said...

Your photos provide a wonderful tour of a place I likely won't get too. I feel like I've been there through your lovely shots. Happy Tuesday.

Englepappa said...

Great set of photos!

Pondside said...

What a beautiful place - and a lovely post. I'm visiting from Mary's Mosaic Monday and will be your newest follower, from the Pacific Northwest.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Magnificent historic home and gardens. It's wonderful that some is open to the public, a living museum.

Indrani said...

Grand interiors!
Loved this photo journey.

ladyfi said...

Wow - lovely house and great shot of the maze!

colleen said...

So elegant and rosy. More of a castle than lodge to me. Thanks for sharing this fantasy look.

Stewart M said...

I like the shots through the windows - a frame within a frame.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Rajesh said...

Beautiful mansion with such amazing collections inside.

NatureFootstep said...

I´m glad they are taking care of it.

ulla laiho said...

It was very interesting to see all these beautiful things. Thank you for this tour.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow....gorgeous history. thanks for sharing such a majestic part of your country. I'm in awe.

bettyl-NZ said...

Both posts about this places have such stunning shots! I could spend hours and hours photographing that place.

DeniseinVA said...

I love these old houses, so steeped in history. Great photos!

Palomasea said...

Thank you for sharing this gorgeous house, dear Ruby...truly does feel like one is suspended in time...I love the view from that window...oh the history.
And such magical grounds! I visited part one as well...
Beautiful photos, Ruby!

I thank you so much for visiting me...I hope there will be a few more weeks of warm weather for you...our leaves are already turning!
Blessings and wishes for a joyful week...
xoxo,
- Irina

Ela said...

What an amazing place and wonderful historic castle ! I love this green view from the window !
Great photos !
Have a nice Sunday :)

stardust said...

Hello, Ruby, I’m back from Obon holiday. Thank you for this lovely tour around the Royal Hunting Lodge. Everything is so wonderful but my favorites are the outside appearance of the architecture and the greenery views framed by the windows made of old glass.

Yoko

Pamela Gordon said...

What an interesting post and beautiful 'home'. Thanks for visiting and your kind comment. Have a lovely day. Pam

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