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Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart House is a break taking 19th-century mansion with extravagant interiors and expansive landscaped and wild gardens on the Isle of Bute.

The house which you see today was built in the late 19th century and is a house with many innovations. Take the spiral staircase to what is believed to be the world’s first domestic heated swimming pool, the house also an early telephone system installed and an original Victorian passenger lift, which is still used today. The original house was built in 1719, but was severely damaged by fire in 1877. Most of the contents survived, along with the wings of the building and these were incorporated into the house you see today.

Mount Stuart House is situated within 300 acres of gardens which make up the estate. The gardens boast arboricultural and horticultural collections of global significance. Visit the rock garden, designed by the famous Victorian landscape architect Thomas Mawson. Explore the arboretum, with trees dating back to the estate’s early days and don’t miss the pinetums – home to more than 800 towering conifers! The estate is also home to Mount Stuart’s Kitchen Garden which was designed solely for edible plants, soft fruits, and herbs to grow on the estate. The produce from Mount Stuart’s Kitchen Garden provides the freshest ingredients for the Courtyard Cafe’s seasonal menu.

If you are looking for somewhere to stay on the Island, Mount Stuart also have a variety of self catering properties located throughout the island, ranging from converted kennels in the grounds of Mount Stuart to grand loch-side mansions. Find out more about their range of luxury accommodation here. 

There is normally lots happening at Mount Stuart, from group tours, private tours, weddings, private events and learning. Make Mount Stuart House and Gardens part of your Bute experience – plan your visit here!