Pitmuies Gardens

House of Pitmuies

During our April stay near Montrose we decided to visit the gardens at House of Pitmuies one morning. There was so much more than we expected. The house itself, though extended and modernised several times since, dates from the 1680s, and it is surrounded by formal gardens, sculptures, woodland walks, the Turbie Burn, and the Black Loch. I am no gardener as you probably know, so I offer you this gallery without further comment in case I display too much of my ignorance.

After the gardens, lunch called so we Googled to see what was nearby. This took us to the Hamelt Tearoom in the village of Letham. It looked nothing much from the outside, but inside it was beautifully decorated for Easter and, oh my goodness! The cakes! The sandwiches weren’t too shabby either.

When we left our cottage at Wester Dun a few days later, the owner came to say goodbye. He asked if we had been to any of his restaurant recommendations – we said we had, and we also told him about Hamelt. He didn’t know about it, but our description enthused him and his wife so much that he texted me later that day to say they had visited for afternoon tea and it was wonderful! So I’m sure all future occupants of Wester Dun cottage will be advised to visit, thanks to us.

After that cake (and we only had one piece between us, honest) we needed a walk, so we went to Lunan Bay. Coming soon.


  1. Hi Anabel – interesting gardens to visit … seemingly not well advertised. But great to have your host pay attention to your thoughts re Hamelt … that sandwich does look good, as too the cake, but I try and avoid those most of the time … cheers Hilary


  2. What a beautiful looking place Anabel! We stayed up that way last year and visited some lovely locations, however, we never came across this one! Your images are beautiful and really paint a picture of the place. It’s on the list now though for the next time we’re up that way.


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