National Trust opens Inverewe House

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For the first time in its history, Inverewe House, situated in the heart of the internationally renowned Inverewe gardens, is opening to the public following a £2million restoration and reinvigoration by conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland.

The house reveals a completely renovated, visionary and immersive 1930s house and visitor attraction, as well as The Bothy, which provides visitors with a welcome light refreshments stop in the heart of the spectacular gardens.  The Bothy is stocked with locally sourced Scottish produce, making this must visit destination more inviting than ever.

The house was built by the adventurous and pioneering Mairi Sawyer, continuing the legacy of her father Osgood Mackenzie who first established the gardens in the 1860s.

Amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, Inverewe is an amazing paradise perched on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe. This world-famous garden is one of Scotland’s most popular botanical attractions and a unique spectacle at all times of the year attracting visitors from across the globe. Inverewe House is located at the heart of the gardens and is an intrinsic part of its history. This is the third transformation for the house itself, which had to be rebuilt in 1936 by Mairi Sawyer after the original hunting lodge and home was destroyed by fire.

The investment has transformed the house into one of the National Trust for Scotland’s most unique properties and is expected to position Inverewe as the North West of Scotland’s must-see destination. Within each of the restored rooms visitors are taken on an interactive and immersive journey through time to discover the inspiring story behind Inverewe and learn more about its colourful creators.

Every visitor is encouraged to explore and discover the house’s hidden gems up-close and each room offers a different element of surprise and delight which will ignite the senses. You can recreate your own Inverewe garden at home at the ‘pick and mix’ Seed Bar in the kitchen.

Created out of bare rock and a few scrub willows by the revolutionary and showman Osgood Mackenzie, the gardens at Inverewe have been sculpted carefully and thoughtfully over time. Visitors can move effortlessly between South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, Chile and many other far-flung places which inspired this amazing garden, with planting still in existence and thriving today. A generation of gardeners have pushed the boundaries of what can be planted and what can grow within this unique climate, and visitors can explore the rich, riot of colour and captivating landscape, discovering many species seen nowhere else in the UK.

Located less than two hours from Inverness, Inverewe’s dynamic offering will appeal to horticultural enthusiasts, adventure lovers, families, day trippers and tourists. It’s a must stop destination on the North Coast 500, with visitor facilities, 100 seat café, gift shop, toilets, walks and tours in the wider estate as well as free Wi-Fi access.

Connie Lovel, Assistant Director North, National Trust for Scotland said: “The National Trust for Scotland is committed to taking heritage and history and making it relevant for today’s adventurers and travellers. Inverewe House has been regenerated with authenticity and interactive elements at its heart. We want to invite visitors into the house to immerse themselves in the eccentricity, energy and vision of Mairi Sawyer and Osgood Mackenzie. This £2million investment into Inverewe demonstrates the evolution of the Trust’s portfolio.”

Kevin Ball, Head Gardener at Inverewe said: “Inverewe garden is also entering its next exciting phase of development – adopting the vision, vigour and tenacity of its founder and reaching out to a whole new audience – so this is the perfect time to open the house. No two months are ever the same at Inverewe, so visitors can revisit time and time again and are guaranteed to see something new and exciting. Within the space of a few weeks petals can fall or emerge, leaves can change colour and pine needles can coat the paths, utterly transforming every inch of the gardens. We look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to learn, discover and be inspired by our paradise.”

 

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