Alex - Hopetoun House

On the weekend I went to Hopetoun House, a stately home which celebrates the life and family history of Marquess of Linlithgow. When you stand on the lawn in front of the main building it feels like a scene from the Downton Abbey! On entering the lobby there are many oil portrait paintings on the wall and busts on stands which represent the ancestors of this ancient family. In the various rooms the cornicing on the ceilings is carved into beautiful patterns and the big French windows bring lots of light into the rooms.

Different rooms have different decoration styles which represents the various functions and purpose of each room, and of course the taste of the owners. Large fireplaces take centre stage in almost every room and would have been used to heat this large house during the cold winter months. In the lmaster bedoom there is a gorgeous bed in the centre of the room which is an obvious noble style bed. There are also many delicate decorations on the walls to help the host sleep in this room. In the dining room there are different glass and porcelaneous tablewares on the oval table as well as beautiful silver candle holders. The wooden chairs have deep red cushions and a large golden chandelier shimmers above the dining table.

After exploring the internal space of the house, visitors can climb on to the roof of the house to see the sights around Hopetoun House. Not far from the house in the Firth of Forth there is a gulf which is narrowest part of the British Isles. In this gulf there is also a navy military pier which also has several warships on it.     

Internal decoration in Hopetoun House
Internal decoration in Hopetoun House
Hopetoun House, Edinburgh
Hopetoun House, Edinburgh
The dining room in Hopetoun House
The dining room in Hopetoun House