- The first book telling the story of Dumfries House
For the first time in its 250-year history Dumfries House and its unrivalled collection of furniture is open to the public. The saving of this remarkable house, just as final bids for the estate had been received and the contents were due to be sold at auction in London, is due to the dramatic and determined intervention of the Prince of Wales. As the purchase of the estate was only completed on 28 November 2007, preparing the house for opening in little more than six months has been a formidable challenge for all involved. This guidebook is the first to tell the story of Dumfries House, its owners, and the remarkable architects and craftsmen who created it. Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale are but two of the key figures involved.
Marcus Binney, CBE is an architectural historian and author, best known for his conservation work regarding British heritage.