Georgian House, Edinburgh
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Our VisitIt was very easy to find Georgian House, though we did not want to go straight in, but took some time to enjoy the rest of Charlotte Square. The property was very much in keeping with the rest of the Square; elegant, refined, and a place where those with real social pretensions woulds have felt at home. Georgian House really has to be seen as just part of the whole Georgian development of New Town, not just a single property.
We thought the National Trust for Scotland did an excelent job of bringing the property to life by focussing on one familt, the Lamonts, and their social pretensions. There were very good information sheets in each room, and volunteer staff on hand to answer questions. One question we had was what would the Lamonts hae seen out the large rear windows. One volunteer guide told us that when Charlotte Square was built, the houses backed onto undeveloped estate land, so residents looked over idyllic countryside. Then the landowner decided to sell to developers, much to the resident's dismay, for soon they looked out over a building site rather than fields!
The highlight of the house tour was the drawing room, with gilded decoration and light green painting. Another highlight was the dining room, a much darker chamber with wood panelling and an eleant silver service. Look for the peculiar 'Argyll', looking rather like a small tea pot. It was named for the Duke of Argyll who wanted something to keep his gravy warm.
One very nice touch was that all the staff at Georgian House had written a booklet of their personal favourite places around Edinburgh and this was laid open on a table for visitors to get ideas of places to visit.
About Georgian House
Address: 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, EH2 4DR
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 2 mins from W end of Princes Street
Website: Georgian House
Phone: 0131 226 3318
Fax: 0131 225 2160
National Trust for Scotland
OS: NT247 739
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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