Inch House Tour

Two years ago in the fall, we toured Inch House – historic mansion located in our area.
First of all – why is it called Inch House? The name ‘inch’ means ‘island’ in gaelic, meaning that back in a day this house was probably located on a dry area within boggy grounds .

inch house

House had many owners over the years, today it is a community centre. It all started in the 1400s (or even earlier, historians are not entirely sure) when L-plan tower house was built. Various  extensions were built over the years, that’s why this building is so eclectic inside out!

The most notable extensions of the house were added in 1617,1634,1890,1892.

The main entrance.

inch house

inch house

Ground floor

Hall
The whole hall burned down in a fire in 1979. Stairway was replaced, but stained glass in windows was not. It’s a shame, because it must have been even more impressive.

stairs

stairs

 

stairs

hall

hall

 

Dining room

Basement dining room is just an empty cellar now. There were so many people there, that it was impossible to take a picture.

Here’s a retro picture:

Inch Dining Room -  Barrel Ceiling Room

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Barrel ceiling is an excellent feature!

Door to the right and we can go up yet another stairs. A spiral staircase was built in 1617. It must be sooo creepy at night! Actually,it was sooo creppy during the day!

spiral stairs

stairs

window

First floor

Grand room

grand room

marble fire place

 

grand room

(Not all of the rooms were available to public)

Grounds

inch house grounds

inch house grounds

Community garden

Community garden

The most  famous owners, Sir Robert Gordon Gilmour and his wife Lady Susan Lygon, refurbished and further extended  property  in 1981.The guide told us that Lady Susan took long walks from Inch House  to Craigmillar Castle (stay tuned for tour).Craigmillar Castle was owned by Gilmours at the time.

lady susan

Gilmour family sold Inch House to Edinburgh Council in 1946 .

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Sharing:

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4 thoughts on “Inch House Tour

  1. What a lovely spot! Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the tour.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  2. Your tour was awesome! Next best thing to actually being there! I found you on Natasha in Oz, and I’m so glad I stopped by. I blog about our travels, and have some posts you might be interested in. Check out Doors, doors,doors…
    http://karanandmichael.blogspot.com/2014/07/gorgeous-greenland.html

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