The House, Gardens & Collections Experience

Location: Mount Stuart

The House, Gardens & Collections Experience

Enjoy the ultimate full day experience by immersing yourself in the luxury, tranquility & history of Mount Stuart

Dates: Enquire for availability

Capacity: Minimum 6 – Maximum 18

Price: From £90 per person

Included in this Package

House Tour

Discover the secrets of Mount Stuart with our behind the scenes house tour, from the hidden staircase of the Horoscope Room, to the tiny Burges Chapel where you can take a ‘leap of faith’. As you tour round the house with your personal guide, you will be enthralled by the history, innovation and beauty of the house – one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. More than just a house tour, this is a guided story of the enchanting antiquity of the Bute Family, the house they built and their fascinating impact on Scottish history.

Every room will surprise and delight!

“The private tour was great for seeing the house on our own and getting to ask any questions.” – February 2019

Gardens Tour

Follow in the steps of the Victorian plant hunters and marvel at the realisation of their vision. Led by one of our guides, journey around some of the finest gardens in Europe – from seeds to tall trees, herbaceous to hot house, follow streams to shore line, and woodlands to wetlands. With every step, make delightful discoveries of both exotic and native flora set against the dramatic backdrop of the Firth of Clyde. Bask in the individual characters of each, from mysterious woodlands to vibrant landscapes, as you wander around our occasionally peculiar policies.

“The gardens are a treasure trove…” – September 2018"

Collections Talk

Enjoy a private viewing of the varied compilation of archives, books, furniture, silverwork and porcelain, reflecting the interests of various generations of the Bute family. Mount Stuart is home to some 25,000 books from the Bute Collection and includes works relating to theology, botany, agriculture, ornithology, travel, English fiction and Scottish history and literature. Mount Stuart also hosts a wonderfully original range of decorative art, featuring many pieces custom-made for the House.

“We were taken aback with quantity and historic quality of the sculptures , the paintings , the ornate furniture to be seen.” – June 2018

The Courtyard Showcase Lunch

Included in your day is a Showcase Lunch from The Courtyard allowing you to sample some of the best produce from the Isle of Bute including; Ritchie’s of Rothesay smoked fish and cheese which is smoked on the Isle of Bute in Scotland’s oldest smoke house, McQueens beef and lamb which is supplied from Bute farms and prepared on the Island and McAlister’s milk & cream which is sourced from Island herds, all of which is prepared fresh onsite by our chefs.