Bed & Breakfast
Based in the coastal town of Montrose, which has beautiful beaches and a wealth of history - our place is good for couples, solo adventurers and business travelers.
Montrose has a history dating back over 800 years and 186 High Street is ensured a part of that history by being placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. It was built in the early 1700’s and along with 188 (our neighbour) is the last of the houses that follow the Old High Street line and which was not extended forward after 1735. Our wing to the rear was probably re-modelled in the early 1800’s. It is of particular importance as there are just fewer than 500,000 buildings in the United Kingdom which are still standing of that age! The building was sympathetically updated by the architectural firm Strachan Grouse in 2018.
Many of the properties are of Dutch origin and the town has an ancient feature of narrow twisting Closes, some with courtyards. 186 stands a few metres back from the general line of the street, with a wall and railing in front. We are next to the Close at 190 which leads to a fine residence built in the 1700’s previously known as “Ouchterlony’s House” but now called “The Retreat” which leads to a private secluded garden.
186 was for many years the law office and home of Adam Burnes 1802 - 1872, procurator fiscal of the Burgh. He was known as the “poor man’s lawyer” and championed the Lands of Sands case at Forfar in 1865. He was the brother of Provost James Burnes, who lived at the Bow Butts where their cousin Robert Burns, (the poet) stayed.
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