Shop Wonderful – Eat Local – Restore Balance
July 25 saw the writing of an exciting new chapter in Dalkeith Country Park’s already very colourful history. Or perhaps we should say re-writing. Because it marked the opening of a brand new store, café and wellbeing space in the restored and reimagined stables and courtyard there. Called Restoration Yard, it’s part of a multi-million pound investment by Buccleuch, which also includes the reopening of its famous adventure park, now named Fort Douglas.
With Amanda Pratt, one-time creative director of Avoca, the top Irish retail and food label, leading the project, a gorgeous, compelling shopping experience has been created around the 18th century stableyard. From the glass-walled Restoration Café, with its vista to the Orangery and along the River Esk to the new “old” courtyard fountain, period features are carefully renewed in tandem with a playful, contemporary sensibility.
And while the parents can lose the run of themselves among the joys of Restoration Yard, the kids can lose themselves in Fort Douglas, with its turreted treehouses and lofty wooden walkways. Oh and did we mention it’s set in 1,000 acre park just 5 miles from Edinburgh? As the line suggests: shop wonderful, eat local, restore balance. Amen to that.