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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 34747 71989
334747, 671989


Circa 1760, 2-storey and sunk basement, 3-bay villa,

with entrance bay projected later 18th century; further

alterations, circa 1820, and 2-bay extension to W, circa

1860. Biscuit coloured harling; ashlar dressings with

droved bands to quoins and ground floor windows to N;

cill course, moulded cornice and blocking course;

cornices and moulded cills to some ground floor windows;

scrolled brackets to 1st floor windows to N.


N ELEVATION: pedimented entrance bay advanced with

banded architrave to pedimented door at centre, keystone

and pulvinated frieze; carved and painted armorial in

pediment; 2-leaf panelled door and decorative fanlight;

1st floor window cill resting on pediment below.

Pediment above proud of eaves line with moulded cornice;

parapet to return elevations. Outer bays grouped close

by re-entrant angle at each floor.

S ELEVATION: regular fenestration to each 3 bays with

door at centre to sunk basement; moulded cills and

aprons to ground floor windows; 1st floor windows

lengthened circa 1820, and given diminutive cast-iron

balconies, resting on cornices of windows below.

E ELEVATION: wallhead stack in gabled bay with attic


CIRCA 1860 EXTENSION: 2 advanced bays to N and S

elevations; regular fenestration to each bay to N, with

windows blinded at ground and 2nd floor. Modern

conservatory addition at basement level to S elevation,

tall windows to ground floor with simpler wrought-iron

balconies, and 2 1st floor windows. W elevation blank.

Small-pane glazing pattern in sash and case windows.

Grey slate piend roofs; roof above 18th century villa

set upon blocking course with attic skylights. Ashlar

end stacks.

INTERIOR- largely altered.


rubble walls, ashlar coped, to terrace on ground falling

to S, with several pairs of decorative stone urns, and

to roadside; 1 quadrant wall by N entrance. Painted

ashlar gatepiers with dentil cornices and ball

finials. Cast-iron seat on rubble wall by gates, and

substantial timber gates. Sandstone rubble garden walls.

Wrought-iron railings to basement recess at N elevation;

paved court.

Statement of Special Interest

The Title Deeds show the property to be built by

Alexander Ainslie, a Leith merchant, from 1760. The

later 18th century enlargements were made by Sir Philip

Ainslie of Pilton, who exchanged the original name,

Acorn Lodge, for Oak Lodge, and placed his coat-of-

arms above the entrance.

Manor House to SE, no doubt prompted the manner of

advancing the entrance bay and raising the pediment

above the eaves line. A regrettable bathroom block

addition in the NE re-entrant angle, was removed circa

1982. A round-arched door leads under the paved court,

by stone steps to E side of villa.



NMRS plans. MLD/41/4; MLD/47/1-2, S Tyrowicz.


C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p267.

About Listed Buildings

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

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