History

Leuchie House is an 18th century classical mansion house set in the rolling East Lothian countryside near the coastal town of North Berwick.

The Dalrymple family bought the estate and an old house on the land in 1699. In 1779 Sir Hew Dalrymple designed and built a new three-storey mansion on the site of the previous house. The Hamilton-Dalrymple family now live in a modern home within the walled garden on the estate.

From 1970-1998, the house was leased out by the family as a respite holiday home for people with Multiple Sclerosis. It was run by servite nuns until 1998 when the MS Society took over the running of Leuchie House.

In 2010, the MS Society decided to withdraw from funding the facility and a Save Leuchie Campaign began. The then manager, Mairi O’Keefe – now Leuchie’s CEO – managed to harness the goodwill and support offered during the campaign and on July 4, 2011 Leuchie House was reopened as an independent charity.

Since its relaunch, Leuchie has opened its doors to people and their families with a variety of conditions apart from MS, such as stroke, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and Huntington’s.

"Excellent care, great food, fab surroundings! What more can one want from Leuchie?"

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