Driving along this coastal road in East Lothian, it's impossible to tell what lies behind the old wall
shielding stunted wind blasted trees.
The gate house - today is open day so we are invited to drive through the front gates!
This part neoclassical, part Victorian mansion, set in mature woodlands is privately owned and is open
for only a few days every year. However by purchasing a permit, anyone can walk around the estate lakes
and woodland throughout the year.
In past times formal flower gardens in front of the house were accessed via the terrace.
The building was originally designed by Robert Adam and built around 1800.
Decorative lions,swans,urns and sphinxes are in evidence everywhere.
This bored looking lion is one of a pair guarding gates to the main entrance below.
The principal entrance
Sorry I can't show the interior and large collections of paintings.
As is so often the case, no photography is allowed indoors.
On the other side,the original main entrance where guests would have alighted from carriages.
Directly above, a swan stands on a crown, supported by lions and flanked by two sphinxes.
Sphinx - half woman and half lion.
The woodlands contain a variety of trees, both old and young.
Forestry vehicles lurk in the woods like something from the film Avatar.
Next post - the stables and lily pond ...........
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