Well, I've been happily busy these last few weeks with jobs, a lovely visit from my Dad, Easter with family and attending a meeting at the gorgeous Hopetoun House. The meeting was regarding photography for the upcoming RSPB Scottish Birdfair weekend (10th-1th May -book your tickets here folks!) and while there I was lucky enough to be given unfettered access for 15 minutes and so I made the most of it!
I shot up the 92 stairs to the roof and even though the usual views across the Forth were blocked by fog, it was still worth it to see the grounds so unusually free of other people.
Really having time to study the incredible array of artwork was a rare treat for me. Walking through the rooms, all that is gilt, great and gorgeous surrounds you as you see the 300 year history of the family unfold.
Charles Hope (later the 1st Earl of Hopetoun) commissioned Sir William Bruce to build the original House in 1699 and In 1721, William Adam was asked to remodel and enlarge the House - adding the impressive sweeping facade that is so recognisable today.
Interestingly, the Carriage House has been converted into a conservation studio, which is a leading centre for the conservation of a wide range of historic artefacts. It is here that volunteers care for the Hopetoun tapestry collection. Studio space is also leased to the Scottish Conservation Studio, that conserves works on paper, photographs, costumes, textiles, and artefacts from collections throughout Scotland and beyond.
Understandably they have a strict no-flash policy and as it was a gloomy day... it made for some decadently moody results!
There were many fascinating items both practical (in the serving areas) and luxurious throughout the house.
All in all a fabulous morning. Looking forward to coming back here in ten days for the bird fair! in the meantime... I'll post some pictures of my time last week in the Trossachs with my Dad soon..
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