History and Conservation
Welcome to Hopetoun
Hopetoun House was built by my family over 300 years ago and we have been living here ever since.
Charles Hope (later the 1st Earl of Hopetoun) commissioned Sir William Bruce to build the original House in 1699 and work was largely complete by 1707. In 1721, William Adam was asked to remodel and enlarge the House; the beautiful front that you approach today is his response. The back of the House is still Bruce's original and the two live together in remarkable harmony
Inside you will see interiors from late Georgian through Edwardian, with much of the original decoration and a wonderful collection of pictures, furniture and other contents. These reflect the tastes of a single family over several centuries.
The House, its historic contents and surrounding policies are now owned and managed by a private charitable trust that was set up in 1974 by my father and grandfather. I am fortunate to live at Hopetoun with my family and to sit on the Board of Trustees. We work to maintain and preserve Hopetoun for the enjoyment and education of the public and every person who visits Hopetoun supports us in that aim.
Earl of Hopetoun
All proceeds from the activities at Hopetoun House go to the Hopetoun House Preservation textile conversation Hopetoun HouseTrust to help it achieve its aims of Conservation, Education and Public Access. Since the Trust was formed in 1974, it has undertaken an ambitious and ongoing programme of works.
The North Pavilion, originally designed as a stable block, has undergone extensive refurbishment and is now the visitor tearoom and a venue for events, marriages and conferences. The charming Round Pond and Jet d'Eau on the West Lawn were refurbished to enhance beautifully the setting for any event taking place. In 2004 a major phase of restoration on the fabric of the main building helped protect it for the future and allowed the installation of a lift to improve access as well as the creation of a Community Education Centre and Ranger Centre.
The Carriage House has been converted into a conservation studio, which is a leading centre for the conservation of a wide range of historic artefacts. It is here that volunteers care for the Hopetoun tapestry collection. Studio space is also leased to the Scottish Conservation Studio LLP, an independent business that conserves works on paper and photographs, costumes and textiles, and artefacts from collections throughout Scotland and beyond.