The Garden (Entrance) Facade
The Garden (Entrance) Facade from an early 20th century postcard
The Entrance Gates
Detail of the Entrance Gates
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 BrownDate: 1830
Architect: James SmithDate: 1699-1728
Architect: Alexander McGillDate: 1699-1728
Architect: William Adam, Sr.Date: 1730
Architect: John AdamDate: Circa 1758-61
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
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