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Revel in the Magic

Our mission is led by our core values: compassion, innovation, transformation, and sustainability

We create exceptional experiences for our guests without causing harm to our environment. Taking a holistic approach to hosting life-changing gatherings, we aspire to leaving a lasting impression on every guest without leaving one on our planet.

The Dunskey Experience ensures you are well-nourished in all aspects of your stay. There are no “one size fits all” packages found here and we certainly don’t believe in hosting ordinary fetes. Upon departure, you’re left with life-long memories of the time you spent here with loved ones.

At Dunskey, we know it takes more effort now than ever before to get everyone together in the same place. That’s why when you’re here, we do our best to make time disappear, pressing pause so you can enjoy each other’s company for just a little while longer.

Dunskey Staff

Meet Our Loyal Team

David Alexander

Head Chef

Michael Baker

Gamekeeping & Groundsman

Rachel Baker

Housekeeping & Service

Lady Harriet Beecher Stowe Nguyen Orr Ewing

Mascot Extraordinaire

Lynda Hoad

Housekeeping & Service

Alexa Marshall

Housekeeping & Service

Alastair Orr Ewing

Estate Running Around Person

Alan Sparrow

Maintenance Manager

Nathan Sparrow

Maintenance & Construction


Overlord known only by her initials

Our Owners

Generations of Love

Dunskey Estate has been in the Orr Ewing family since 1900, when they acquired the land from a great uncle. Since then, the property has undergone renovations and improvements to create the ultimate private venue.

In 2017, for the first time in the estate’s history, the owners opened their doors to guests in the hopes that they too would experience the splendour found at Dunskey.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1648: Dunskey, then known as the Portree Estate, was acquired by the Rev. James Blair, the newly appointed Minister for Portpatrick.

Late 17th Century: Dunskey Castle was stripped of dressed stone and timber. This was stored at Killantringan and then incorporated into the new Dunskey House.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1770: Jean Blair of Dunskey marries James Hunter, with her husband assuming the Blair surname.

1777: James Hunter Blair embarks on a major programme of improvements, virtually rebuilding Portpatrick and the harbour.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1814: Map prepared for James H. Blair shows Dunskey House, Walled Garden, Slip Garden, and nursery grounds and drives.

1854: Installation of the first telegraph link to Ireland. The cable comes ashore at the foot of Dunskey Glen where two hexagonal huts were built to accommodate the equipment and the telegraph men.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1890’s: Mackenzie & Moncur Glasshouses installed.

1900: Estate bought by Charles Lindsay Orr Ewing and his wife Lady Augusta Boyle, niece of Abbot David Hunter Blair.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1901: Current Dunskey House built to a design by James Kennedy Hunter at a cost of £30,000.

1903: Charles Orr Ewing dies in the almost complete new house. Ownership of the estate passes to Edward Orr Ewing, his oldest son.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1904: Mass planting of Rhododendrons along with other exotic trees and shrubs through pleasure grounds and along drives.

1914: Outbreak of war signals the end of the golden age of British gardens and Dunskey is no exception. The Walled Garden remains in fruit and vegetable production well into the 1960’s.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1930: Edward Orr Ewing dies of septicaemia after a rugby accident. David Orr Ewing, a naval captain, inherits the property. On his return to Dunskey, David found the estate in a poor state of repair. Saddled by inheritance tax debts, he was forced to sell much of the land including the hunting lodge, Knockinaam.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

1964: David Orr Ewing dies and Dunskey is inherited by his first son Edward Orr Ewing.

1997: Work begins on rejuvenating the garden, which is closed to the public during repairs.

History of the Estate

Our Origins

2001: The Walled Garden re-opens to the public.

2003: The maze is planted.

2015: Alastair and Anne Orr Ewing arrive at Dunskey.

2017: Dunskey Estate becomes a private venue.

Book Your Stay

The Dunskey team is excited to introduce a new platform for lodge booking. If you have any questions or need assistance during the booking process, please email us at

*Dunskey Estate currently accepts a minimum three-night stay throughout the year, with flexible check-in and check-out dates. During Christmas and New Year 2023, we have a seven-night minimum stay, with check-in and check-out dates as Wednesday December 20th, Wednesday December 7th, and Wednesday January 3rd.

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