DiCamillo Companion

Yester House

  • House & Family History: The Italian-American composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), most famous for his Christmas opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors," purchased Yester House in 1972 because of the acoustics of the Ballroom (he later ran an opera festival at Yester). In 1974, Menotti, who was openly gay, adopted Francis "Chip" Phelan, an American actor and figure skater he had known since the early 1960s. After Menotti's death in 2007, Yester was listed for sale with a guide price of £12-15 million. In September of 2010 the guide price was reduced to £8 million; the House was sold in 2015 to Nicola and Gareth Wood for an undisclosed sum.

    Collections: Lyon & Turnbull sold some contents from Yester on May 2, 2018.

  • Architect: Robert Brown

    Date: 1830
    Designed: Alterations for 8th Marquess of Tweeddale

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    Architect: James Smith

    Date: 1699-1728
    Designed: House, together with Alexander McGill.

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    Architect: Alexander McGill

    Date: 1699-1728
    Designed: House, together with James Smith.

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    Architect: William Adam, Sr.

    Date: 1730
    Designed: Alterations, including roof, pilasters, and attic.

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    Architect: John Adam

    Date: Circa 1758-61
    Designed: Great Saloon for 4th Marquess of Tweeddale

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    Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1789-90
    Designed: Remodeled North Front for 7th Marquess of Tweeddale

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  • Vitruvius Scoticus: Adam, W., pls. 25-30, 1810.

    Country Life: LXXII, 94, 126, 1932. CLIV, 358 plan, 430, 490, 1973.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 169
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Category A

    Park Listed: Listed

  • Seat of: Nicola and Gareth Wood; here since 2015.

    Past Seat of: Hugh de Giffard, 12th century. Arthur Hay, 9th Marquess of Tweeddale, 19th century; Hay family here from the 15th century until the 1970s. Gian Carlo Menotti, 1972-2007.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No