Antiques show visits Bowhill

Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott at Bowhill House during filming
Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott at Bowhill House during filming

BOWHILL House has been bargain hunted this month.

The historic estate near Selkirk was visited by the BBC TV daytime show and its presenter Tim Wonnacott.

Wonnacott and a filming crew from the corporation toured the Duke of Buccleuch’s traditional family home to show the house’s treasured art collection.

The 58-year-old auctioneer cast his expert eye over the Italian, dining, morning and drawing rooms.

Sarah Peat, customer service manager at Bowhill House and Country Estate, said: “Each of the rooms at Bowhill has an amazing story to tell.

“They all house a diverse collection or art and furniture, so we were delighted to share this with Tim and the BBC team.

“The crew were staggered by the size and quality of the collection, and we hope this will encourage more visitors to come and see it first hand.”

Wonnacott viewed masterpieces by Francesco Guardi, Michele Marieschi, Antonio Joli, and Giovanni Paolo Pannini in the Italian Room, alongside the Duke’s portrait miniatures, one of the world’s great private collections, second only to the royal collection.

The Dining Room, which is still used for special events, holds masterpieces by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Canaletto and a 12 light silver candelabrum depicting the origin of the Buccleuch name.

The Morning Room has hand-painted Chinese wallpaper, while the Drawing Room was once the entrance to Bowhill House.

Ms Peat added: “Bargain Hunt will air this summer but if you can’t wait to see these treasures, Bowhill House will open to the public on March 31.”