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Situated west of Edinburgh on the southern banks of the Forth, 3 km from South Queensferry, this large building stands in a magnificent setting with wonderful views. The architecture of Hopetoun House helps us to understand the differences that separate the designs by William Bruce (17C) from those by William Adam (18C), and see the diversity of the interiors designed by Bruce and Adam's son, with very fine furniture and an interesting collection of paintings. The main staircase is richly decorated with sculptures that attract the eye to the painted cupola, a unique example of decorative art from the Baroque period. The extensions and the façade, which were built much later in a flamboyant style (1721-1767), are the work of William Adam and were completed by his son, John. The grandiose and solemn look of the ceremonial apartments is complemented by original furniture, magnificent ceilings and a remarkable art collection. The roof terrace offers fine views over the gardens of the Forth estuary. An interesting exhibition looks at the architects and craftsmen who created Hopetoun.

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