Apr 13 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
AN ancient building has been brought up to speed with 21st century technology.
For the historic Dumfries House, near Cumnock, has been fitted with a stairlift for its visitors.
The stately home, which is 250-years-old, was seen as lacking the modern contraption to help people get around.
So the special addition has been added to its iconic furnishings in time for this week’s Spring opening.
The home’s grand staircase now has a Stannah stairlift fitted, which will help the less able-bodied to explore the first floor of the Adam-designed building.
Dumfries House was designed and built for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, William Crichton-Dalrymple, between 1754 and 1759.
Set in a 2000 acre estate, the House is now open to the public for the first time in 250 years and boasts some of the country’s best examples of Chippendale and rococo furniture.