Gunsgreen House | Eyemouth

Gunsgreen House was designed by John Adam in the early 1750’s for Eyemouth Merchant John Nisbet.

It is one of the most significant merchant’s houses of the period surviving anywhere in Scotland. It has the added importance of a well established connection with the smuggling business –Nisbet was a notorious smuggler and the House contains remarkable physical evidence of this, notably a ‘tea chute’ hidden within an internal wall and designed to store and dispense contraband tea.

The restoration has revealed an interior of equal status to the handsome Palladian town house exterior, which dominates the town’s Harbour Conservation Area.

The historic rooms of the merchant’s house have been fully restored and furnished to reflect their original purpose. The top two floors operate as a self-catering holiday apartment with the principle rooms on the Piano Nobile used for weddings, meetings and events on the town calendar.

The aim has been not only to restore this historic house, but also to give it a sustainable future

Client:

Gunsgreen House Trust

Location:

Eyemouth

Cost:

£1.6 million

Completion:

2009

Design Team:

SE: McKay & Partners
QS: D I Burchell & Partners
MC: Cumming & Co Ltd