Charlottes’ cave

Recently we had a short break and stayed at Dunkeld House.

The original Dunkeld House was demolished in 1824. It sat beside the Cathedral. This was the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Atholl.

Charlotte Murray was the true heir. She was daughter of the second Duke of Atholl. She married her cousin.

Charlotte and her husband informalised the designed landscape of Dunkeld: adding trees, paths, follies and gazebos. Charlotte died in 1805 and her daughter Charlotte became one of the finest horticulturalists of the day.

As a surprise birthday present Charlotte’s husband made this cave for her amongst the cliffs behind the house. The cave survives to this day. It has windows and a fireplace that look out onto a waterfall and pool.

We visited Charlotte’s cave on the 25th February 2019.

This film is for Sian:

Credits:
Borrowed words: Peter Davidson, Edmund de Waal, Hanya Yaanagihara and Anthony Doeer

Music credits:
(1) ‘Movement’ by Hozier
(2) A cover of ‘Sweetest Thing’ by Addie Kosten

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