AFTER a successful 2017, the team at a stately home in Gordon are set to open their doors to visitors once again.

Mellerstain House and Gardens have had an exceptionally busy year, with the launch of a new partnership with local restaurant the Hoebridge, who now operate the cafe within the grounds.

And they welcomed new visitors from around the world to see artist Steve Messem’s open air sculpture exhibition in the grounds.

Bosses have further developments planned over the next year to build on the success that 2017 has brought.

To help pave the way for the new chapter, tourism and events expert Stephen McLean has been appointed as the attraction’s operations manager.

Stephen’s background includes tourism, events, strategic marketing and communications and development in both the private and public sectors.

He spent four and a half years at VisitScotland, firstly as the events programme manager for Homecoming Scotland 2014 within EventScotland, before moving into the role of VisitScotland events industry development manager.

More recently. Stephen was marketing and communications manager at Live Borders and a freelancer working with clients including the Melrose 7s and Borders Book Festival.

A graduate of history from the University of Glasgow, he has worked on a number of historical and heritage projects, making him a strong fit for the position at Mellerstain and its rich history.

Stephen said: “Mellerstain is such a picturesque venue and the opportunity to work at such a fascinating and stunning stately home is very exciting.

“Our team is working incredibly hard to ensure the house and gardens look beautiful for the forthcoming season. There’s so much for visitors to come and see and I’m looking forward to welcoming them when we open, firstly for Easter and then from the beginning of May.”

The attraction will open for the season from May 4 until October 4.

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