Dumfries House

HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, took the personal initiative to prevent the sale and dispersal of the Dumfries House estate when it came up for auction in 2007. A fine Palladian building in itself, and housing one of the finest collections of Chippendale furniture in the world, the house now represents an imaginative combination of conservation and social improvement with striking similarities to the intentions of UWC Dilijan.

The Founders of UWC Dilijan agreed in 2013 to gather a group of sponsors to facilitate the restoration of a residential block, "The Mains", within the Dumfries House estate to provide 16 additional luxury rooms that could be used to increase the capacity of the estate's growing tourist activity. In return up to four groups of twelve UWC Dilijan students and four staff would visit the house annually for the next ten years. This inter-cultural experience would enable UWC Dilijan students to learn something of the history of Scotland, visit the United Kingdom, and participate in some of the inventive educational courses being provided on the estate for local young people.