Media Release: Mystery woman unveiled during manse renovation

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THE renovation of an historic manse in rural Perthshire has unveiled a mysterious pencil line drawing of a young woman embedded within a plaster wall, thought to date back over 150 years to when the house was first built.

The discovery was made by bed and breakfast owners, Sara and Dave Wood, during their renovations of Glebe House in Dunning, Perthshire.

Glebe House, built in 1860 by Lord Rollo as the new manse for the minister of St. Serf’s Church, is now an Historic Scotland site housing the ancient Dupplin Cross.

The building stands at the heart of Dunning, a conservation village of 1,200 inhabitants in the Strathearn valley of Perthshire.

During extensive renovation works last year, owners, Dave and Sara, uncovered a series of historical finds as they lovingly restored the property. Discoveries included messages left on walls by previous workmen, abandoned old newspapers dating back to 1924, antiquated plumbing and gas lighting fixtures as well as this mysterious lady.

Sara Wood, proprietor of Glebe House Bed & Breakfast, commented:

“It really is a mystery as to who this lady could be. Our research into the property shows us that the plastering in the house was originally carried out by a local Dunning tradesperson in the 1850s, a Mr Eadie, but as to the identity of this young lady, and why she has been encased in plaster for well over a 100 years, this is entirely unknown.”

Glebe House has been in private ownership since 1973 and Sara and Dave Wood are the third private owners to purchase the property and commenced their extensive renovations in 1998. The property now operates as a boutique modern bed and breakfast, with a unique historical twist, thanks to Dave and Sara’s exacting renovations.

Sara added:

“We’ve worked tirelessly to bring this amazing property back to life and we’re delighted to be able to share it with visitors to the area who are looking for a unique and comfortable stay. As part of our renovation plans we’ve chosen to carefully cover up our young lady with some rather tasteful Voyage wallart, but she’ll be there for years to come, silently waiting for future owners to discover her for themselves.

Glebe House opened as boutique bed and breakfast accommodation on 1st August 2014 providing suite accommodation and evening meals.

For more information on the historic Glebe House or to book your stay at the property visit


For further information about Glebe House, contact Sara Wood on or 07761 670681.

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