10th October 2014
The holiday is over so time to drive back south to London, but we’ll stop off for a night on the way so can take our time. There is a Scottish National Trust house on the way south so we stop off there for a look around and a cream tea.
We hadn’t read anything about this house and only visited as it was on the way and we could visit for free with our National Trust membership. Therefore it was a very pleasant surprise that it was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The house has the characteristic Mackintosh art nouveau decor and the famous square and flower motifs on walls, furnishings and even the furniture. Downstairs there is a large lounge and small kitchen to visit along with the tea room which displays a large amount of china ware. Upstairs is a very impressive bedroom, bathroom and some exhibitions of the design. There is an art exhibition in the Mackintosh style and copies available for purchase.
The tea room on the ground floor does a great range of cakes and we manage to get the last of the scones and clotted cream. Even the tea cups and tea pots are in keeping with the style of the house. As usual Betty attracts most of the attention and everyone knows her name by the time we leave.
Baby friendly info:
You can’t take pushchairs around the house so need a baby carrier
There are no changing facilities but the staff let me use the cloakroom next to the entrance which had a handy bench and sink.