Broughton House & Gardens


While visiting the pretty artists’ colony of Kirkcudbright, I visited this absolutely stunning house; an 18th-century Georgian house and the former home of Scottish painter E.A. Hornel, one of the “Glasgow Boys.”


After his death at the young age of 32, he donated the entire place just the way he left it. It has beecolourfulakingly preserved; a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.


The large paintings hanging in this room are beautiful.  Click on the collection below to see each painting individually.


I really liked the technique they used to keep people from sitting on furniture (which amazingly, is a BIG problem for them!  The guide stated it is quite an effective deterrent!

The next room is Hornel’s studio!  I’d love to have one just like that, wouldn’t you?

Now for the rest of the interior of the house…

Behind the house, which backs onto the River Dee, Hornel’s beautiful and exquisite garden is nestled in a cozy atmosphere. It was greatly influenced by his love of Japan. It is a curious and colourful mixture of both Eastern and Western horticulture and holds interesting sculpture.

Just click on the collage below to open up all of the individual pictures if you like.  Words do not serve it justice. Stroll through the gardens as I saw them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  I saw so many unusual flowers and plants I’ve never seen before!  An absolute delight…

This beautiful house is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.  I am so glad I am a member.  They have so many beautiful properties such as this one and as a member, I get free entry whenever I visit one of their properties.  If you plan to visit Scotland, I definitely recommend getting a membership to the National Trust as well as Historic Scotland.  Not only do you support their worthy cause of preserving and maintaining historical sights, but it will save you a bundle in entry fees!

Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

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