Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Liff And Benvie
NO 32684 31480
332684, 731480


Early 18th century; largely rebuilt after fire, earth 20th century. 2-storey, L-plan, 5-bay farmhouse, with attached single storey outbuildings. Harled, ashlar margins and angles to S elevation, E outbuildings rubble with irregular quoins; piended grey slate roofs. 12-pane sash and case windows; coped stacks with uniform terracotta cans, tall end stacks to E and W gables.

S ELEVATION: panelled door to centre, 4-pane fanlight; 2-windows to left and right, 5 windows to 1st floor; window to single storey bay recessed at right.

E GABLE: single storey bay to centre, window, outbuildings attached to right; window to 1st floor right.

W ELEVATION: asymmetrical. Unsympathetic single storey addition to centre, window to left with modern frame, margined window to right,

2 windows to 1st floor. Outbuildings attached to angle at left.

N ELEVATION: gable advanced to right, window at ground and 1st floor, window at 1st floor left return; flat-roofed bay to re-entrant angle with windows, window to 1st floor.

INTERIOR: well stair with decorative cast-iron balusters; door with fanlight to kitchen area; most period chimneypieces removed.


S ELEVATION: 4 doors, 2 windows; ridge stack, 2 ridge ventilators.

N ELEVATION: 3 boarded fuel doors to left, window to right.


S ELEVATION: 4 windows, ridge stack.

N ELEVATION: 2 windows to left.

BOUNDARY WALLS: rubble boundary walls, rubble coping.

Statement of Special Interest

The eastern outbuildings predate the early 20th century fire, and may be part of the old manse buildings referred to in the OSA. There is a cheese press to the front of the house. Benvie farm was the property of the family of Patrick Thoms, the architect, from 1918. Benvie Farmhouse forms a B group with Benvie Church Ruin and Churchyard, Benvie Mill, and the Road Bridge over Fowlis Burn near Benvie Mill.



Charles McKean and David Walker, DUNDEE, AN ILLUSTRATED INTRODUCTION (1985), p128; Obituary, Patrick H Thoms, DUNDEE COURIER, 12th January 1946; Arthur B Dalgetty, THE CHURCH AND PARISH OF LIFF (1940), p38; NSA vol XI (1845), p584.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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