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Duff House has a truly Rich History

Duff House is an impressive mansion house which dates back to the 18th century. More country house style than traditional castle, the corners of Duff House feature tower like designs and this distinctive looking building was designed by the famous Scottish architect William Adam in the 1730s and is considered by some to be Adam’s finest building.

Built for Lord Braco who later became the Earl of Fife, the setting of this house is as stunning as the building itself with a location close to the River Deveron and the Banff Bay coast. Surrounded by gardens and parklands with the beach just a short walk away, this house enjoys a sublime location.

Fascinating Fact File on Duff House's History

- The owner and architect had a disagreement over money and the house was never fully completed to the original specification.

- Lord Braco never lived at Duff House and preferred instead to live at one of his other homes, Rothiemay Castle. Well he did have 7 properties to choose from so he could afford to be fussy!

- Duff House was an elegant country house hotel between 1908 and 1913 and again in the 1920s where guests could get a taste of the high life.

- Between 1913 and 1923 Duff House was a private hospital for internal diseases including stomach problems and heart disease.

- During World War II in the years of 1939 through to 1946 Duff House was a military base and was at one point a prisoner of war camp!

- Historic Scotland acquired Duff House with its fascinating rich history in 1956 and spent a huge amount bringing the house back to its former glory. It’s thanks to them that visitors can enjoy visiting this impressive property today.

Visiting the House

Duff House is open from the start of April to the end of October from 11 to 5pm each day and from November to March is open Thursday to Sunday from 11 to 4pm. Entrance fees apply but tickets are reasonably priced making this a good value attraction.


Duff House Address:

Duff House, Near Banff just off the A98. Postcode AB45 3SX.