‘Mary Berry effect’ felt at local palace

Mary Berry (left) at Scone Palace

Scone Palace is enjoying a surge of interest thanks to the “Mary Berry effect”.

It was among four country homes featured in BBC1’s Mary Berry’s Country Secrets, which saw the presenter lift the lid on what it’s like to live in and run a national treasure.

The Earl and Countess of Mansfield, daughter Lady Iona Murray, son Viscount William Stormont and palace staff entertained the cook, who spent 10 days filming at the landmark.

The programme, broadcast in November, was so popular that the palace’s website almost crashed due to an upswing in interest.

Scone Palace also reported a surge in weekend visitors after the show went out, along with a jump in bookings for its private accommodation.

The palace welcomed 115,000 visitors through its gates between April and October.

Palace marketing manager Margo Baird said: “No one could have predicted how big the ‘Mary Berry effect’ would be.”