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Muirfield Gate, formerly The Pleasance, was Sydney Mitchell's own house and garden built into existing woodland and developed in stages between 1897 and 1915, with additions and changes to both the house and garden over this period and accretions of land. Principal views to the north and north-west are to the Forth railway bridge. The flower corridor built in 1907 is unique in garden history and was exotically planted.

In the 1950s the flower corridor and north-east wing were demolished and a garden, with a new driveway to the house, was laid out by Kate Hawkins, a pupil of Brenda Colvin and well-known Scottish designer.

In the 1970s the original grounds of four acres were divided up and four new houses built on the original land holding retaining the nine foot original outer walls along Duncur Road. The Nymphaeum in the south garden was removed and probably the stone recycled in new walling.

Between 2011 and 2013 the new owner re-built the flower corridor (without plants) and north-east wing of the house using Lindsay Buchan architects. A garden restoration designed by Kristina Taylor and Liz Dorrian was completed. Full details of the history of the Muirfield Gate and its garden are contained in ‘Muirfield Gate, Duncur Road, Gullane, Formerly The Pleasance: History and Significance' by Kristina Taylor (2010) in the John Gray Centre, Haddington.

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Architect: Sydney Mitchell (born 01/01/1856 died 13/10/1930)



Feature created: 1897 to 1902

Creator: Sydney Mitchell (born 01/01/1856 died 13/10/1930)

A glazed flower corridor probably unique in garden history. Created around 1899 and demolished in the 1950s, it was reinstated in 2013.


Garden restoration undertaken

Planted: 2011 to 2013

Design and layout by Sydney Mitchell

Planted: 1897 to 1915