Discover Durn House: The First Floor

The first floor has 4 bedrooms, 3 of which are en-suite, and one with its own private bathroom.

Durn Suite encapsulates all that is unique about Durn House. The Durn Suite is also often chosen by brides as the Bridal Suite. This suite perfectly balances elegance and comfort, and is the perfect tranquil retreat. With a trio of Georgian sash windows with original shutters overlooking mature trees and countryside, the views are fabulous. The Durn Suite is uniquely decorated with original artwork, National Trust wallpapers and antique furnishings. The huge en-suite bathroom is home to a freestanding roll-top bath in the centre of the room, where you can relax whilst enjoying a fire blazing away in the original Portsoy Marble fireplace. There is also a large separate shower. The Durn Suite was the original children’s day and night rooms, and features a built-in service bell from 1770.

The Silk Room is named after its floor length 100% shot silk embroidered curtains. Silk Room has always been for the Lady of the House. The Silk Room features Duck Egg Blue and Crimson soft furnishings which complement the fabulous curtain fabric. This huge room looks out to the rear of the house through triple sash windows with working antique shutters.

Our recently refurbished Clementina Suite is named after Clementina Grant who married Sir William Dunbar of Durn in 1737. Their Son Sir James built the current Durn House. This stunning suite has a Scottish thistle and stag theme with William Morris wallpaper in a dark blue and Taupe colour palette. There is a fabulous Super-king size fabric sleigh bed, full hospitality tray with coffee pod machine and flat screen TV. The en-suite bathroom has an art-deco style with large walk-in shower and original sash window with working shutters overlooking the garden.

When first built, this bedroom would have been larger with two windows facing both North and West.

Our Tartan Room is a large double or quadruple room and provides guests adjustable sleeping arrangements and makes an ideal family room. There is a stunning antique half tester double bed, plus a separate additional double divan bed so the room can sleep up to four guests. The Tartan Room looks out over the front of the house via an original Georgian sash window with working shutters. The room also boasts a feature fireplace. Guests staying in Tartan have access to their own private shower room, exclusive to the room, which is just along the hall.

An interesting observation when walking down the hall, is the distance between the doors of Durn Suite and Tartan Room, as well as between Silk Suite and Clementina Suite, which seems further than it ought to be. The original external walls which we see more obviously downstairs and upstairs, have been carefully hidden during the design of this floor, creating an illusion of extra, accountable distance between rooms. The Hallway throughout the First Floor comes from the historic winder-switch Georgian staircase, which features original cast iron balustrades and solid mahogany handrail.