Mar Hall was designed in the 19th century by Sir Robert Smirke. Smirke was well known for his work on the legendary British Museum in London. Smirke was commissioned by Major General Robert Walter Stuart, the 11th Lord Blantyre, whose family had purchased the grounds and estate some one hundred years previously.
Mar was one of the seven kingdoms in ancient Scotland. Legend has it that both Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce visited the Mar Estate.
A quarry on the estate provided the stone for building, and the oak used was imported from Canada. Construction was not completed until 1845, fifteen years after Lord Blantyre's death. The final cost for the grand hall was a cool £50,000.
The stately hall fell into disrepair over the remainder of the 20th century, but underwent a £15million restoration that was completed in 2004.
The Edwardian Scottish Mansion has 53 individually designed bedrooms, a championship golf course, Decleor Spa, swimming pool and offers both fine dining and casual dining options.
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