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Thirteen Generations of Kinlochs

Gilmerton House near North Berwick in East Lothian is an elegant Georgian home owned by the Kinloch family, whose illustrious ancestors have lived here for thirteen generations since 1655.

In many of the Rooms portraits of the Kinloch family looking down from the walls. Amongst them, you’ll find Sir Francis Kinloch who was given the original Gilmerton Baronetcy in 1686. He became the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and established the Kinloch family’s position in the aristocracy.

Since 1988 Gilmerton House has been a 5 star exclusive use events venue for luxury tailored events.

"Many thanks to the team at Gilmerton House for looking after us so well. The House and Estate are stunning, but the excellent level of discreet service from you and your colleagues makes you stand out. I wholeheartedly recommend Gilmerton House as a venue...”

Andrew Burnet, Andrew Burnet & Co
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Gilmerton House near North Berwick in East Lothian is an elegant Georgian home owned by the Kinloch family, whose illustrious ancestors have lived here for thirteen generations since 1655. In many of the Rooms portraits of the Kinloch family looking down from the walls. Amongst them, you’ll find Sir Francis Kinloch who was given the […]

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a passion for sustainability

Our Green Story

In February 2017 Gilmerton House was very proud to achieve the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award for its commitment to sustainability. The Green Tourism programme recognises events venues that display the highest standards of sustainability and corporate responsibility, embedded in a solid green ethos.

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Classic Elegance

Gilmerton House History

Gilmerton House is a magnificent Georgian home owned by the Kinloch family, whose ancestors have lived here for thirteen generations. For over 30 years this beautifully restored house has been operating as a successful exclusive use private events venue in East Lothian near Edinburgh.

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Kinloch Family History

Francis Kinloch was a merchant and made a considerable fortune. He acquired Gilmerton Estate in 1655. Lord Provost of Edinburgh, then an MP in the Scottish Parliament, he was created a baronet in 1686.

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Fratricide & Insanity

Murder in the Family

Sir Francis Kinloch was shot at Gilmerton House by his deranged brother, Archibald Kinloch, after dinner at 3am on 14 April 1795. Archibald pleaded temporary insanity due to the fever he'd caught in the West Indies. His defence even tried to blame the servants for not being there to disarm Archibald! Read all about the Kinloch Fratricide...

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Vacancies

Gilmerton House has been 'an elegant tranquil retreat' for more than 250 years. If you want a challenging job in the hospitality industry and would like to be part of a welcoming team at one of the most beautiful exclusive use venues in Scotland, read on....

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Historic house stays

Accommodation

You’ve found the perfect retreat for a luxury leisure break or executive retreat. The house boasts 10 immaculate double bedrooms with exemplary ensuite bathrooms. Each bedroom is equipped with a flat screen television, tea and coffee making facilities, robes and towels, and, of course, breath-taking views.

You’ll also love the inviting Drawing Rooms, the panelled Music with its Rococo swirls, and the elegant Dining Room.

A full butler service is provided for overnight guests.

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