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North Stables - House Of Dun

(Ref. 1060505)

Montrose, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • friendly (12)
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26 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay here."

    We were given a very friendly welcome by the housekeeper. The flat is just as described. Light and airy. People have mentioned the cooker is old. It is, but it works perfectly well it’s just very slow to heat up. The beds were very comfortable and bedding and towels were clean and new. 10.5 tog quilts in May were too warm for us, but at least we weren’t cold. I couldn’t open the beautiful old sash windows on my own, but together we managed. N.B. If you leave the windows open you’ll be visited by house martins. They like to leave little parcels behind them! The gardens and surrounding woodland are open to guests and it was wonderful having the freedom to wander around. All the staff were lovely, friendly and helpful. It’s a few miles straight into Montrose to the nearest supermarket, there are beaches, nature reserves, castles, gardens and grand houses nearby . A lovely place to visit if you can manage 18 old stone steps up to your front door!

    Many thanks for your feedback, good to read you enjoyed yourselves. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2024

  • "We spent a lovely week at North Stables, as a couple with our two dogs."

    The setting was beautiful and we loved having the grounds to ourselves in the evening. The apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated and furnished with lots of storage. Very comfortable bed and a well equipped kitchen. We couldn't of asked for more!

    Reviewed by Abi4.7Mar 2024

  • "Had a lovely time at north stables."

    The property is very spacious and comfortable. Lovely comfy beds. The staff are very friendly and tour of house with Colin was very entertaining. Would recommend the property to anyone. Need a new tin opener, the one there not working also egg cups.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Feb 2024

  • "We spent a happy week in North Stables between 9 and 16 September."

    The flat was clean and well-presented. The sitting room and bedrooms were well-decorated and comfortable. The NTS staff were exceedingly friendly and helpful. We had an excellent tour of The House of Dun given by Colin who was a terrific guide. The surrounding area is beautiful and there is much to see and do. However, while most of the flat was highly acceptable, the kitchen left a great deal to be desired and needs to be re-designed. The flat accommodates four people but there was an inadequate amount of cutlery. Serving a starter and a main dish involved washing knives and forks between courses. It seems, judging by the irregular number of glasses, that breakages are not replaced. There were only two eggcups. One of the frying pans has buckled and did not work well on the rings of the antiquated cooker. The fridge/freezer was far too small and inadequate for two, never mind four, people. It was also poorly positioned especially for older and infirm people. The kitchen was full of cupboards, most of which were empty. A proper re-design, removing most of these unnecessary cupboards, could result in the dining table being accommodated, more suitably, in the kitchen rather than the sitting room. Surely some more cleaning materials could be left. On arrival, we found two dishwasher tablets and two tea towels, one rubbish bag and no cleaning cloths. In the bathroom there was one roll of toilet paper. There was a time when a welcome tray would have been left but all I could see was a bowl with sachets of instant coffee and tea bags. NTS holiday properties are not inexpensive. My recent experiences suggest that they no longer present particularly good value and compare unfavourably with other properties in the “heritage” area of holiday lettings. We enjoyed our trip but certain aspects of the presentation and equipping of the property left us feeling disappointed and gave us the impression that not enough attention is being paid by the NTS to important, smaller details which make so much of a difference.

    Thank you for sharing this feedback , it is disappointing to have found the apartments to have fallen below the standards we have come to expect, especially as they are typically in such excellent order. The issues identified have been shared with the team and the majority have either already been addressed or will be sorted out by the end of this week. These are the issues that relate to replenishment of equipment, and we should of course not allow this to be depleted to such a degree. We will make sure that we update our processes around housekeeping, building in more suitable inventory checks to make sure that this level of depletion does not happen again. The team at House of Dun are fully committed to delivering excellent experiences at North and South Stables , and we appreciate the customer feedback that enables us to identify where we have fallen short. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexander3.4Sep 2023

  • "Everything about the property was first class."

    The kitchen was fully equipped with good quality facilities, including an excellent washing machine, microwave, fridge, freezer……..and was well planned and set out. The lounge and bedroom were beautifully carpeted and the furniture was high quality, very tasteful and comfortable, creating the perfect ambiance for a period home.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Wow! This place is lovely."

    The only thing that was not perfect was the tired cooker. The whole flat was warm and cosy and we had a great holiday. Having the whole estate to ourselves when the house was closed was an experience not to be missed. Everyone at the mansion was helpful and friendly. A great place to visit.

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Apr 2023

  • "We found the North Stables, House of Dun excellent."

    The apartment was well presented and clean, with all the necessary fixtures and fittings. The grounds are superb, with several varied walks to exercise our dog (who loved it)! The staff who we met were very pleasant and helpful, especially the lady in the shop!

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Apr 2023

  • "Pretty well equipped, comfortable accomodation."

    In a beautiful and quiet location. Lovely walks through the woods and grounds. Be warned - the shops are 2 -3 miles away. We had some trouble with the fridge - either too cold or not cold enough. The same with the shower - either cold or very hot.

    Thank you for your feedback and the team at House of Dun have been notified of the problem with the fridge and shower and will try to rectify. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Mar 2023

  • "A great location and a well equipped flat."

    Having the cafe directly below is very handy. The staff in the house of dun were very nice and helpful. Would recommend and hope to return in the future.

    Many thanks for the lovely feedback and we hope to welcome you back . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2023

  • "Once again what a fantastic place to stay."

    The estate is wonderful and the NTS staff were so friendly. North Stables is so cosy. We love the House of Dun and will be back again in 2023.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucille4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great as always."

    Very friendly staff. Wonderful grounds and such a cosy flat. We will be back.

    Many thanks for your wonderful comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Sep 2022

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay, I would like to make a couple of suggestions."

    Perhaps you could consider a tumble dryer or alternatively, a drying room/area (not necessarily within the property but nearby, not visible to visitors) as drying clothes was a problem. Furthermore, it would be good if you could cover the open windows with gauze to stop wasps and bees from flying in.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at North Stables."

    The property is situated within the most stunning grounds with lots of different walks and beautiful views from every room. We practically had the grounds to ourselves after hours, which made us feel like lord and Lady of the Manner! The property itself is beautifully decorated in keeping with the House of Dunn. It is extremely comfortable, well equipped, and provided plenty of room for a family of four. on a minor note, the fridge was not cold enough to refrigerate food properly. However, I'm sure that this has probably been sorted by now.

    Many thanks for your lovely comments. It is great to read that you enjoyed your stay and that you took advantage of the grounds and walks. We will check with the team that the thermostat is working on the fridge. We hope to welcome you back to House of Dun or one of our other NTS cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2022

  • "The North Stables apartment was truly lovely, set at the heart of a beautiful National Trust Scotland property and gardens."

    It was spacious, clean and decorated to a very high standard. We had everything we needed for a week of self catering; the kitchen was gorgeous, beds really comfy and lovely bathroom and shower. All the staff at the House of Dun were so helpful and friendly and gave us lots of tips for places to visit and eat. It is a lovely location, so much to see and do, lots of history, beaches and not too busy. We were on bicycles and the cycle routes are great. We loved our stay and have such good memories that will last. The House of Dun is beautiful and well worth a visit. Lovely little coffee shop too.

    Thank you for your lovely comments which we have passed onto the team at House of Dun. We hope to welcome you back at the House of Dun or indeed any of the other National Trust for Scotland holiday cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at North Stables."

    The staff were really friendly and helpful. The property was so comfortable, fresh and clean. It would be a good idea to update your photos as it does not reflect how lovely the property is. If anyone is looking a for a relaxing break then the house of Dunn is the place to go.

    Many thanks for your kind feedback and we have passed it onto our team at House of Dun. The new photos of North Stables are being loaded up, the apartment does look more colourful and contemporary now. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucille5.0Jul 2022

  • "Quiet, comfortable accommodation in beautiful surroundings."

    The online photographs of the apartment do not do it justice.

    Thank you for completing the feedback form and for your positive scores. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at North Stables very much."

    The flat was comfortable, clean and to a high standard. Very quiet and peaceful when the house closes. The staff that we had contact with during our stay were very helpful and friendly. The complimentary House of Dun guided tour is a must and the grounds/gardens are good to walk around. A few things that could be improved: 1. The washing machine is not working and appears, from previous reviews, to have not been working correctly since February. This should have been fixed by now. 2. The Wi Fi signal is very bad and keeps cutting out. 3. The boiler intermittently cuts out mainly when having a shower resulting in a cold wake up! It has to be reset by pressing the button on the boiler. 4. Several doors are difficult to open/close due to them catching on the carpet. 5. Two of the duvets appear to have a plastic covering under the cover and these can be very hot to sleep under. 6. Front door handle nearly off and needs refixing. 7. It would be nice to have had a starter supply of washing up liquid and hand soap. The above in no way spoiled our enjoyment of the property though and we would have no hesitation in returning.

    Thank you for your feedback, we passed on your comments re the maintenance to the team at House of Dun. The staff would have been more than happy to sort out the problems you mention whilst you were in the property and have since then resolved all of the issues. There has been a brand new washing machine fitted, the boiler was serviced in June, we have installed new carpets meaning the doors have some friction, the duvets have been replaced as they were there for a Covid requirement, the front door has been fixed and we have installed washing up liquid and handwash. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4May 2022

  • "A unique property in a wonderful setting made even better by the lovely helpful national trust staff."

    Reviewed by Ewan4.4Apr 2022

  • "All was well , though the washing machine was not working it did not spoil the enjoyment of the stay."

    We have recommended the location to others already , so we where very happy with the location and interaction with the staff of the house added greatly to the whole experience. Thanks for listing this place . Regards

    many thanks for your lovely feedback. We have asked the staff to check the washing machine. We hope to welcome you back to House of Dun or anyone of the other National Trust for Scotland properties listed with Sykes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolute gem of a place."

    We found it very comfortable and homely whilst situated in a grand and beautiful setting. The bedrooms were very spacious and airy, as was the kitchen. So many fantastic walks for your dog(s) and the peace and quiet at night was bliss. On site staff extremely friendly and helpful. Will 100% book this apartment again. Thank you for fantastic stay.

    Thank you so much for the kind words about North Stables and our team at House of Dun. We will certainly pass your kind words onto them. Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful setting."

    We had a very enjoyable week. Only grumble was the washing machine was leaking. Kitchen could be better equipped also.

    Thank you for your feedback and we have taken note of your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Feb 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay and the grounds of House of Dun are so lovely."

    We had to attend a sad family event, so the opportunity to walk and appreciate the beauty was appreciated. We have stayed at the property previously, a few years ago, at that time the property had beautiful throws on the beds, national trust tartan throws. these made a huge difference to the feel of the property, giving it that extra Scottish Charm. I felt the lack of these on this stay. With the property feeling a bit more generic and less special.

    Thank you for your kind words and we are glad that you found some comfort in the peaceful surroundings. When the properties were reopened after lockdown the Covid guidance for the industry was to remove any soft furnishings that maybe touch points or require additional cleaning each changeover. We are now starting to put back the furnishings and extras following on from guidance from the Scottish Govt. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fabulous location with friendly, informative staff on site during working hours."

    Many thanks for your kind words about the team at House of Dun. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2021

  • "A number of items were broken or absent but when we contacted a number in the guest book they were soon attended to."

    Visitor information needs updating: The trolley is in a cupboard in the flat not in the courtyard. There are no wall safes containing the keys, the Hi-Vis jackets were not found, the need for these is unknown! The freezer part of the fridge works the fridge does not. Tried to contact Sykes on their 3 numbers for over an hour on 9th.October and the calls were cut after the welcome message within 2 seconds every time!

    Many thanks for your feedback following on from your stay at House of Dun. Thank you for pointing out that the house information needed to be updated after the building work we carried out earlier in the year. The hi-vis jackets were to protect our customers while the contractors were on site. The door works on a combination pad, we understand that you had a problem with the snibbed on the door and we have replaced the lock. The fridge has been checked and it is working perfectly so we are unsure why you had a problem. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.8Oct 2021

  • "The staff were very friendly and helpful."

    We had 24 hour access to the gardens and grounds, and the House of Dun is very, very beautiful. All the staff were friendly to our 'Wee, scruffy dog' and gave us advice on places nearby to visit.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful setting."

    Was really able to relax unwind. Plenty to see and do locally and within a few miles.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Aug 2021

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  • First floor apartment
  • Two multi-level twin bedrooms
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, a selection of books and traditional board games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Parking available in offroad public car park
  • Access to House of Dun's formal gardens and grounds
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.2 miles, pub 3.3 miles
  • Holiday guests have access to the estate grounds outside of the regular opening hours
  • The charging of electric vehicles is not permitted
  • The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Resting in a quaint sandstone courtyard, offering a welcoming retreat for a group of four to explore this charming coastal region, is the National Trust for Scotland’s North Stables.

Beautifully refurbished to a high standard throughout, this first floor apartment ensures a memorable stay at any time of the year.

Make your way up the historic stone steps and into the first floor entrance, before making yourself at home in one of the spacious twin bedrooms, each boasting attractive, classic décor and ample storage for your personal belongings.

Cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen, fitted with all the necessary amenities needed for a self-catered stay, with the added convenience of a washing machine and dishwasher.

Head over to the living area and set the table for an intimate meal for four, catching up on the day’s events, before unwinding on the plush sofas.

Prepare for your day in the sleek shower room, delighting in a hot soak as you step into the large walk-in shower.

Spend an afternoon exploring the formal gardens of the house, boasting lush parkland, enchanting forests, and an extravagant Victorian walled garden, before venturing over to the famous Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve.

Find a memorable getaway at North Stables, a truly idyllic escape.

This property can also be booked alongside Ref. 1060506, together sleeping up to eight guests.

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AN-01044-F

House Of Dun Apartments

Discover two enchanting first-floor apartments set in an open sandstone courtyard within the grounds of the exquisite House of Dun, a National Trust for Scotland jewel boasting Baroque extravagance and plenty of natural delights awaiting to be discovered. Originally built in the 18th-century to accommodate the grooms who would have kept the Laird's horses in pristine condition, North and South Stables now offer a group of eight a historic base from which to explore this marvellous corner of Scotland. The House of Dun itself is an elegant Georgian mansion, designed and built in 1743 for David Erskine, the 13th Laird of Dun, hosting intricate ornate plasterwork by Joseph Enzer, a 19th-century 'boot bath' in Mrs Erskine's dressing room and a newly refurbished courtyard housing the Angus Folk Collection. Spend an entire day choosing between a plethora of woodland walks around the property or visiting the Den of Dun at the top of the estate, with the chance to uncover some ghostly tales along the way. Alternatively, take a complimentary tour of the house, or visit the woodland play area where children explore and don’t forget to indulge in a coffee and cake in the café. The town of Montrose is just a short journey away, home to a vibrant atmosphere amidst fantastic shopping facilities, local pubs, delicious restaurants and a beautiful Blue Flag beach for a day on the coast. The Montrose Basin Nature Reserve is a must-visit attraction for nature and animal lovers, home to habitats for unique wildlife including oystercatchers, eiders and pink-footed geese, as well as exotic plant life. Discover the local dog hero of Montrose at the Bamse statue near the harbour, representing a heroic Norwegian St Bernard dog who served during World War II, or travel further afield to the exciting nearby towns of Arbroath, Brechin, and Kirriemuir. Alternatively, venture over to the outstanding Cairngorms National Park for a day of adventure among the picturesque Scottish landscapes. Find even more delights of the National Trust for Scotland just a scenic car journey away, including J M Barrie’s birthplace in Kirriemuir where you will find a typical weaver’s house which was one home to the world-famous creator of Peter Pan, home to the washhouse where the inspiration for the Wendy house in Peter Pan was also born alongside original costumes and a jungle-themed garden, while Barry Mill in Barry village is also well-worth exploring for its rare example of Scotland’s industrial heritage hosting a working water-powered corn mill as well as offering scenic walks along the Barry Burn making a lovely spot for a leisurely stroll amidst the wildflowers and the soothing sounds of the flowing waters. Discover an array of wonders at the House of Dun Cottages

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About the location


Brechin 8.6 miles; Arbroath 12.9 miles; Kirriemuir 23.9 miles

Montrose is a bustling Scottish town and former royal burgh nestled in the county of Angus, found in the middle of North and South Esk rivers. The coastal town is home to its very own 3-mile-long beach, awarded to a Blue Flag standard due to its eco credentials, as well as activities including Traill Pavilion and Seafront Splash!, an arcade, children's playground, café and an ice-cream parlour. Historic architecture surrounds the town centre, boasting the Montrose Museum, Bamse landmark, and the widest High Street in Scotland, as well as a range of retail shopping, fine dining, local pubs, and the famous Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve. The county of Angus hosts a wealth of charming towns and villages such as Arbroath, the largest town in the county, Brechin cathedral city, and Kirriemuir, known as the 'gateway to the glens' to name a few! Montrose is an ideal holiday destination for a class, picturesque seaside adventure.

Note: Access via external staircase approx 18 stairs.

Note: 5 stairs lead to second twin room and shower room.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas