Manderston, its buildings, park and gardens form an ensemble which is unique in Britain, Georgian in taste, but with all the elaborate planning for Edwardian convenience and comfort. Visitors will find much to enjoy including Britain’s first privately owned Biscuit Tin Museum. Have a guided tour of the house in all its splendour, find out more about the history and architecture then enjoy and stroll around the gardens and parkland. Snaffles tearoom at the stables serves snacks and teas on open days and also sells souvenirs. Here are fifty-six acres of formal and informal gardens at Manderston. In the spring, the lawn in front of the house is studded with daffodils and beyond it is the gateway to the formal garden. Sir James Miller had the gates – brought from a house in London – gilded, to catch the light from the setting sun. A gate in the style of eighteenth-century architect James Gibbs and a portico of spiralled columns add to its grandeur.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Scotland may not have as many country homes as its neighbours in England any have, but the ones that it does have, are in absolutely splendid condition. Here at Manderston, no expense was spared at creating the perfect Edwardian Country House and it’s Gardens would give any of the top gardens a run for their money. Manderston plays home also, to the only silver-staircase in existence and as you make your way up and down it, you’ll truly be doing something that cannot be done anywhere in the world! I think it also worth mentioning Manderston’s Biscuit Tin Museum, the first of its kind, at least in Britain anyway. With so much to do and see, I cannot recommend Manderston House and Gardens enough, not to mention they’re really cute tearoom, together with a huge selection of cakes and other delicacies.