Dabton House: Luxury Retreat in Queensberry Estate

The Buccleuch Estates recently introduced Dabton House, an exquisite family home nestled within the historic Queensberry Estate.

Following an extensive renovation project completed in the summer of 2023, Dabton House now opens its doors for private hire bookings, offering a unique blend of country house elegance and modern hospitality. This article will guide you through the enchanting world of Dabton House, highlighting its rich history, luxurious amenities, and its perfect location for various gatherings.

A Stately Home with a Rich History

Designed in 1820 by the renowned architect William Atkinson, Dabton House was commissioned by Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, the 5th Duke of Buccleuch. Throughout the years, it has played significant roles, serving as the residence for the Queensberry Estate’s factor and later undergoing a magnificent transformation in the 1980s when the 10th Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch refurbished it as their family home. Today, under the guidance of the Earl and Countess of Dalkeith, Walter and Elizabeth, Dabton House stands as a testament to its historical roots while embracing modernity.

The recent renovations, completed in August 2023, have meticulously restored Dabton House to its former glory. While preserving its old-world charm, the house now seamlessly incorporates modern comforts and amenities to cater to the discerning needs of today’s guests. With eleven exquisitely appointed ensuite bedrooms and spacious reception areas, Dabton House offers a welcoming retreat for a variety of occasions.

A Serene Natural Haven

Dabton House goes above and beyond in providing a memorable experience. The property boasts a sauna for relaxation, a well-appointed treatment room for indulgence, heated kennels for your furry companions, and even a grass tennis court for outdoor enthusiasts. The catering kitchen ensures that every culinary desire can be met, thanks to established links with local suppliers and a roster of talented chefs.

Nestled within 27 acres of tranquil mixed woodland, Dabton House offers guests a unique opportunity to connect with nature. The four-acre formal garden, combined with its own kitchen garden, provides access to Scotland’s finest natural ingredients. Food lovers will find Dabton House perfectly situated for a gastronomic adventure.

Diverse Activities

The picturesque Queensberry Estate surrounding Dabton House offers an array of outdoor activities. From way-marked walking and cycling routes to mountain biking adventures, the estate has something for everyone. Bike and e-bike hire are available on-site for your convenience. If you prefer more adventurous pursuits, consider a day of fishing, simulated game shooting, or Scottish Assault Courses. Families with younger members can enjoy a trip to the adventure playground.

For those with a penchant for culture, the region surrounding Dabton House offers a plethora of experiences. Explore the historic Drumlanrig Castle, and take a leisurely stroll through its magnificent gardens and stableyard, where you’ll find local independent businesses and craftspeople. Don’t forget to indulge in the delights of the castle tearoom. Beyond the estate, discover the Robert Burns Heritage Trail, the intriguing Crawick Multiverse land art installation, the Kirkudbright Arts & Crafts trail, and the prestigious Wigtown Book Festival.


Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a grand celebration with friends, a dream wedding, an adventurous sporting retreat, or a corporate getaway, Dabton House welcomes inquiries for all private gatherings. Steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, it promises an enchanting escape for those seeking luxury and tranquillity. As Alasdair Knight, General Manager of Dabton House, aptly puts it, “Dabton House is the perfect choice for hosting grand celebrations, weddings, sporting parties, corporate gatherings, or simply cherishing precious moments with family members.” Discover the magic of Dabton House and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Featured Image: Walter Dalkeith

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