Scots Baronial style former family home and one time Museum of Costume set within the beautiful Dumfries countryside
Shambellie House is a Scots Baronial style mansion set within the 2,000 acre Shambellie Estate in the town of New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway. Built by William Stewart in 1858, the family lived there until 1977 when William's great-grandson Charles gave the house to the nation. It subsequently opened as the Shambellie House Costume Museum in 1982, becoming the National Museum of Costume.
The Museum closed in 2013 due to budget cuts and falling visitor numbers but the Shambellie House steering group are hoping to develop a sustainable business plan that allows them to use the building for their community. In the summer of 2014, PRT led a succession of planning days to help establish a project group and a vision for the site. PRT were subsequently appointed to undertake a full options appraisal where viable options for the site, including accommodation and an outdoor or arts centre, were presented to the community which in turn lead to the group deciding to take on the building for themselves.
This project is supported by The Prince's Regeneration Trust through the BRICK mentoring programme.