Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
Kirkmichael (S Ayrshire)
NS 35889 10715
235889, 610715


18th century with 19th and 20th century additions. 2-storey and attic, 3-bay, L-plan farmhouse with slightly advanced entrance bay rising to nepus gable, steading range extending from rear wing, and further detached steading range. Harled, creamwashed masonry with painted ashlar dressings. Boulder base course; eaves course. Regular fenestration with ashlar window margins.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: regularly fenestrated principal elevation to W with 20th century porch to entrance and small round-arched window to nepus. Irregular fenestration elsewhere. Adjoining 2-storey wing to rear with ladder to 1st floor door; single storey lean-to in re-entrant angle to rear with door to side elevation and window to rear. Single storey steading range attached to rear of SE wing. Detached parallel 2-storey rectangular-plan steading range to N.

Non-traditional uPVC windows. Ashlar-coped skews. Coped ashlar gablehead stacks with thackstanes and some buff clay cans. Grey slate roof. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Special Interest

A fine and early example of a substantial Ayrshire farmhouse with good architectural detailing and the remains of an extensive steading, occupying a prominent position in the landscape. Buildings are shown here on the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland (1654), but the current buildings appear to be later. The long, low proportions, narrow end gables, central nepus and boulder base course of the farmhouse suggest an 18th century date, and the existence of thackstanes implies that it was originally thatched. Parts of the steading may be of a similar date but they were certainly either altered or extended in the mid-19th century as contractors were advertised for in the Ayr Advertiser of 19 February 1857. The 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map shows a simple L-plan building with slightly projecting central entrance bay, and associated steading buildings; the separate block to the north then formed the south-west corner of an extensive steading courtyard. The larger part of the rear entrance extension to the house had been added by the time of the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1894'6). Alterations were approved by the New Buildings Sub-Committee of Ayr County Council on 15 March 1907 (Ayrshire Archives, CO 3/12/2/3), and the smaller lean-to currently containing the back door first appears on the 3rd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1907-9). The interior has been significantly remodelled. The steading block extending to the rear of the house originally contained millwheel workings.

According to local lore, the farm and hill on which it stands are named after the 'Guil Tree- (signifying 'guilt tree'), situated close to the farm entrance, which was used for hangings.



farm shown at this site on Blaeu Atlas of Scotland (1654). Shown on 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map (1854-9). Additions shown on 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1894-6) and 3rd Edition Ordnance Survey map (1907-9). Historical information courtesy of owner and of Rob Close (2007).

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.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to GUILTREEHILL

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 21/11/2018 03:34