12th December Hermitage House 9am - 4pm
The Hermitage house was built in 1785 and is hidden in the ancient woodland of the Hermitage of Braid. The architect Robert Burn was inspired by the another famous architect Robert Adam to build the Hermitage house which looks like a miniature castle to house the Gordon of Cluny family at the time. This beautiful mansion had an ice house, a Dovecot (2nd largest in Edinburgh), a walled garden managed into a wildlife/herbal garden by volunteers, a Stables and 2 hydraulic ram water pump system along the Braid burn, all these buildings still visible today for visitors to explore. The Lodge house at the start of the driveway is now a friendly cafe to get a cuppa and a nice bit of cake. The Hermitage house is located at the end of a private driveway and visitors must use on –street parking and walk 7.5 mins along the driveway before reaching the house. Please be aware of short winter days as there is no street lighting along the driveway. Blue badge holder can pre-arrange vehicle access by phoning 0131 529 2401 prior their visit.