Country house, now a hotel, with 2 distinct building phases
excluding modern near additions at N; 1838 2-storey, 3-bay
house in style of Walter Newall larger and comparatively
plain 1870 3-storey range to W; detached fragment of tower
1838 HOUSE: red ashlar; windows with lying-pane glazing,
mostly architraved bipartites with timber mullions, corniced
at ground; E elevation with pedimented central square porch
(present modern outer doorway set within porch); basement
to S and rectangular projecting and canted ground floor
windows. Continuous deep horizontal bands at base and at
1st floor cill levels; eaves course and cornice; stacks with
square flues; piended modern tile roof carried over modern
1870 HOUSE: reproduces some of 1838 house;
plate-glass glazing; 3-bay S elevation with porch in
advanced right bay; 4-bay W flank; piended slate roof.
TOWER: fragment of NW corner of tower house, built of
pinned large rubble blocks with splayed base course:
horizontal gun port.
Ashlar-coped low wall to W with square gatepiers; good but
fragmentary cast-iron work with anthemion ornament.
Statement of Special Interest
Category C(S) only because of unsympathetic alterations.
RCAHMS INVENTORY, 1920, notes only site of tower (no 276).
Archibald Arnott, physician to Napoleon Bonaparte, was born
at Kirkconnel (1772).
Change of Category B to C(S) 4.10.88.