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Thank you for your interest in Bannockburn House Trust, the local community owner of a 'sleeping beauty' of a 17th century mansion with A listed building status that has survived largely intact, other than a Victorian extension. Dormant for half a century, a group of volunteers and heritage partners are now breathing new life into the house and grounds.

Built around 1675 the house has links to Scottish national and social history. Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed in the house in 1746, finding romance within its walls, before heading north to Culloden. Later, the Wilson family dominated world tartan production from here, building a luxurious extension with the wealth they earned and bringing work to the local area.

Who knows what secrets are yet to be discovered about the house and the people who lived, loved and fought here over the centuries?

Bannockburn House has lain hidden for over 50 years - just minutes from the M9 motorway at Junction 9. In December 2017, with the help of individual donations and funding grants, the local community purchased the house and 26 acres of grounds to create a community hub for future generations, offering a range of cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

As part of a 10 year plan the house is being made wind and watertight and otherwise repaired and conserved, while the grounds and gardens are being rediscovered and reinvigorated. All of this is being done while treading gently upon the landscape, protecting the rare meadows, woodlands and pastures that have surrounded the house possibly since medieval times.

To help fund the costs of bringing the house back to life the volunteers of Bannockburn House are donating their skills, experience and their time offering a range of events including tours and themed open days, as well as working with architectural and archaeological experts to offer the public unique insights into the site's history.

Come and discover how we're getting on and help us awaken this sleeping beauty.

 

Charity No: SC047081

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