Media Release: Local stained glass artists complete the job – 150 years after the original tradesperson left it unfinished

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GIVING new meaning to job completion, Glebe House, an historic bed and breakfast in Dunning, has revealed the installation of a stained glass window feature, some 150 years after it was meant to be completed by the original tradesperson!

When Glebe House was built in 1860 as an impressive manse for the new minister of St. Serf’s Dunning its plans show it was supposed to have diaphanie painted glass in the windows of the entrance hall and stairway.

But, over 150 years later, with no evidence of it ever being installed, bed and breakfast owners Sara and Dave Wood decided to finish the job and commissioned two local artists to add the finishing touches.

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

“I discovered the intent to have the stained glass window in researching the property, and looking at old photographs and newspaper reports from the 1860s. It’s really a mystery as to why the original glass designs were never installed, but the beautiful house really merited the traditional stained glass work.

“We were really pleased to find two local artists who could both create something unique and work with the traditional house environment and setting. They both used some of the original 1860 glass within their designs and the result is really spectacular and of real interest to our guests.”

Glebe House was commissioned to be built in 1860 by Lord Rollo as the new manse for the minister of St. Serf’s Church in Dunning, Perthshire, now an Historic Scotland site housing the ancient Dupplin Cross. The building stands in the heart of Dunning, a conservation village of 1,200 inhabitants in the Strathearn valley of Perthshire.

The new stained glass windows complement the features of this historic house whilst both are of different designs showcasing what modern artists can achieve in historical settings.

The entrance hall stained glass by Lorna Radbourne of Catriona Glass in Dunning is a modern depiction of the garden flowers and pond at the other side of the house. The glass panelling was inserted into the stone astragals using the traditional methods of the period and backed by modern glass to protect the artwork and provide heat insulation.

The stairway glass was researched and designed by Alan Robinson of Ramoyle Glass Studios in Dunblane in keeping with the period of the manse.

The hand-painted borders illustrating the leaves of the garden are of flashed glass etched with hydrofluoric acid using the traditional method.

There are three traditional roundels which accurately depict the Dupplin Cross, St. Serf’s church and Thorntree Square, Dunning of 1900. These were painstakingly hand painted and fired nine times using a traditional layering process.

The extensive renovation of Glebe House has been a labour of love for Sara and Dave who’ve been working to bring this amazing property back to life since they became owners in 1998.

Glebe House opened as a 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

Close up hi res shots of each panel available on request.

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