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Taken on a sunny evening in May, this building forms the centrepiece of the present Chatelherault Country Park near Hamilton in central Scotland. The park is open to the public for recreation, the building houses a small museum and it is also often used as a venue for weddings. I rather suspect that a wedding had just taken place this day, judging by the people milling around and the smartly dressed little girl dancing on the grass - it was she who caught my attention.

The name is derived from the French town of Châtellerault, the title Duc de Châtellerault being held by the Duke of Hamilton.

This building (now often simply referred to as "Chatelherault") was the former hunting lodge of the now demolished Hamilton Palace. The lodge was designed by William Adam and completed in 1734. It comprises two pavilions linked by a gateway. The north facade (seen here) was visible from the palace and forms the front of the building. To the rear are formal parterre gardens. The buildings provided kennels, stables and accommodation for hunting parties returning from the woodlands to the south. Interestingly, William Adam often jokingly referred to his creation as "The Dog Kennel"!

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