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1 Gartmore House - Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month

It is local and community history month, which has a purpose to increase awareness of local history and encourage all members of the community to participate and share stories.   At Gartmore House and our surrounding Estate, located in the stunning Trossachs and Loch Lomond national park, we have played a significant part in Scottish History.   The name Gartmore means “the big enclosure” and cattle were once driven to markets, being rested overnight in Gartmore.  Some of our local names still reflect these stories such as slaughterhouse Lane and Market place.
You can read a full breakdown of our history and events that have occurred here since our quirky house was built in 1973.
Gartmore House has witnessed the formation of the Labour Party and was also the home of a founder of The Scottish National Party.  The great Scottish legend Robert Burns has written and entertained in the lounge – which we feel is a perfect spot for our guests to unwind and perhaps write or journal.
The talented architect David Barclay (pupil of Charles Rennie Mackintosh) re-designed the west front, added the tower and altered the roofs. The moon dial was removed in the 1950’s to the Cayzer family burial ground behind Gartmore parish church. We love the Cayzer family motto that we display above the door which means “Cautiously but Fearlessly”.
In 1940, the army commandeered the estate and the house became a barracks until 1950. Privates were on the ground floor, officers on the first floor and they dined in the mews courtyard. After the war, the Cayzer family didn’t take it back.
Over the years, Gartmore House has seen many people come and go.  People with talents, stories and a vision.  People who have helped to make Gartmore what it is today.  More recently, there was a vision that Gartmore House would grow as a conference centre and destination for activity holidays for all ages.  We are proud that today our estate is now very popular with educational groups, conferences and activity breaks, with packages available to suit all budgets and group sizes.
We believe that the history of Gartmore makes it a magical place to unwind and also get creative.  History and old stories can be a source of inspiration to many.
To make a reservation please BOOK ONLINE or contact our team:
T: 01877 382 991 | E: mail@gartmorehouse.com

  • May 4, 2018
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Robert Burns

Why Burns Day is special at Gartmore House

Burns Day is a special and significant event here at Gartmore House. Since our quirky, atmospheric house was built by William Adam in 1793, it has hosted many a national treasure. One of those being Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, who has written and entertained in our lounge.  It is thrilling to know that Gartmore is a place that inspired some of his fantastic work.
Gartmore House Lounge
Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Burns day is a fantastic Scottish celebration, which often includes a supper of Haggis. For those of you still to try this Scottish delight, Haggis is a type of sausage prepared in a sheep’s stomach that is minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (raw beef or lamb fat), spices, and salt, mixed with stock. Often this is served with turnips and potatoes, otherwise known as neeps and tatties if you’re a true Scot. The haggis is typically piped in by the diners with a standing slow clap before the recital of Robert Burns Famous prayer:
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
As an accompaniment to the burns supper celebration, Scotch whiskey is the ideal drink. For dessert many will delve into the traditional cranachan (a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal). The evening will likely feature speeches and further poetry recitals.
Scotland is a country full of history, excellent food and breath-taking scenery. Why not come and visit us and spend some time relaxing in the lounge where Robert Burns worked and entertained. We look forward to welcoming you soon and sharing more Scottish history with you.
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  • January 25, 2018
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