Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 35426 70766
335426, 670766


Mid to later 19th century, incorporating earlier fabric. 2-storey and attic house (now hotel, with regrettable modern additions) comprised of taller block to N, recessed block to S (with earlier fabric), and 4-

stage Italianate entrance tower in re-entrant angle.

Rubble sandstone to original buildings, grey sandstone, droved, to mid to later 19th century work; chamfered reveals, base and band courses.


TOWER: keystoned round arched doorway to S return, semi-circular plate glass fanlight and 2-leaf panelled doors; keystoned bipartite window to W. Tripartite to W at 1st floor, bipartite above door. 3rd stage divided by cornice, breaking eaves, and with 2 semi-circular windows to S and W elevations. 4th stage corbelled, with 2 regular windows to each elevation and deeply overhanging eaves to shallowly pitched piended roof. Decorative metal weathervane.

Advanced, wide, gabled bay to left with canted window at ground and 1st floor (rounded angles to windows), ground arched attic window. 2 recessed, lower bays flanking tower to right (former house), with round arched, keystoned window to each floor to left bay, canted window (detailed as above) in gabled bay to outer right, with attic window (again as above).

Modern conservatory addition to S, linking to former service wing to SE, adapted with further sunroom. Further uncomfortable additions to N elevation and rear.

Plate glass glazing pattern to sash and case windows. Timber eaves brackets. Decorative cast-iron finials. Grey slates. Corniced end stacks.

INTERIOR: interior largely given modern refurbishment; decorative plaster cornices retained.

RETAINING WALL AND GATEWAY: semi-circular coping to sandstone rubble walls, with quadrants to drive, square piers, 2 bearing lantern-lamps. Fine classical, corniced pedestrian gateway, dating from earlier house, sited by roadside, with rusticated ashlar surround and blocking

course with blank tablet; "Sweethope" incised above lintel; decorative cast- and wrought-iron gate.

Statement of Special Interest

Sweethope formerly served as a market garden of some note. The estate covered 144 acres, with 100 employees, and was run by the Scarlett family; it was still operating as a market garden in the 1950s. The former lodges to N and S are not included in the current listings.



Information courtesy of present proprietors (1989).

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

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While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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