19 October 2017
An historic country house which was once home to a famous nobleman has been restored and made available to rent as a weekend getaway.
Auchinleck House in Ayrshire, Scotland, was home to James Boswell – the rare sort of nobleman who became famous for what he did rather than who he was born as.
Boswell’s diaries, biography of famous writer Samuel Johnson, and feats as a lawyer, as well as his title as the ninth Laird of Auchinleck, made him a household name in 1700s Britain.
The house was built between 1755 and 1760 to replace a derelict castle and is one-third of the size of the neighbouring Dumfries House, which has made headlines in recent years after being bought and restored by Prince Charles.
It shares many characteristics with Dumfries House - the style is Italianate, after Palladio, with a central portico, sweeping steps, and all the features of fashionable 18th-century architecture, such as large sash windows.
The house made the perfect retreat for the Edinburgh lawyer.
Following Boswell’s death the home passed through the hands of his descendants until after World War II when it entered a period of decline and by the 1960s, it was uninhabited.
By the time it was bought by the Landmark Trust in 1999 the house had lost its pomp and swagger but now, following a thorough restoration, it is available to rent as the perfect venue for a family get together or friends weekend away.
And a fantastic house it is, with reminders all around that it was home to the brilliant Boswell.
A whole section of the first-floor library is filled with his works, and prints of his portrait hang around the house. But the most impressive thing about the house is the fantastic antique furniture it’s filled with.
From the Antique Chippendale Tallboy which takes pride of place in the master bedroom to the antique writing bureaux which sit in the drawing room, there are treasures everywhere you turn.