Bonnington House is a 19th-century country house near Wilkieston. The house was built in 1622, and was the home of the Foulis Baronets of Colinton. Sir James Foulis, 2nd Baronet, served as Lord Justice Clerk from 1684 to 1688, taking the title Lord Colinton. Bonnington later passed to the Wilkies of Ormiston.

The house passed from the Scott family to Hugh Cunningham, Lord Provost of Edinburgh around 1702. It is said to have been doubled in size c.1720. In 1720 the house was owned by Hugh's son, Alexander Cunningham.

In 1858 the house was completely remodelled in a Jacobean style. The house and its 100-acre (40 ha) estate was bought by the present owners in 1999, and in 2001 the house was refurbished by Lee Boyd Architects. Two new wings were designed by Benjamin Tindall Architects, granted planning consent in 2010 and completed in 2015. The grounds of the house have been developed as a sculpture park, now open to the public as Jupiter Artland.



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Wilkieston, United Kingdom
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Founded: 1622
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom


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Steven Taylor (11 months ago)
Superb afternoon. Great walk reviewing art/sculptures. Highlight was the amethyst pit. Really reasonable entry price as well, which is rare these days in #ripoffbritain.
Jakki Cunningham (11 months ago)
Great, magical, fascinating place. Well worth the entry fee, especially with the awesome thought provoking art. You can return to your car any time, there are a few benches now. We ate at the grapes afterwards.
Lynda Stirling (12 months ago)
Jupiter artland is a fabulous place to go as a family with children of all ages The art is interesting and you can make a hunt out of following the map to find it all We took a picnic with us so did not eat but looked lovely Not taxing at all walking round lovey sights and views from part of the trail Be careful not to over shoot entrance as it looks like a gate to private house Reasonable pricing for entrance We were there for 3hrs and had a great day
Dave Banks (12 months ago)
Loved the walk around through the trees with some great sculptures. Nice cup if coffee and cake at the end as a reward.
David melrose (13 months ago)
A hidden gem. Great art works mixed into well landscaped gardens. The cafe had great scones. The only let down was the food in the cafe. The menu was too arty farty for most folk. Not enough of normal fair on menu.
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