Sir Robert Lorimer, 1904. 2-storey rectangular plan,
Cotswold style small scale mansion. Mannered sandstone
rubble; ashlar dressings and chamfered margins. Stone
S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: moulded semi-circular archway
with impose to recessed porch off-centre to right with
tripartite above. Irregular openings to right, including
transomed bipartite and tripartite. Gabled bay
intercepted by wallhead stack to right and 2 diamond
stacks above. Decorative carved lintel to gablehead
light. 2 advanced gabled bays left of centre, embracing
canted, 4-sided, full-height Elizabethan hall window.
Bipartite windows to gabled bays with Elizabethan stair
window to left gable. Bipartites to W side of stair
window bay. Recessed gabled bay to outer left with
paired tripartites at ground and 3-light above.
N (ROAD) ELEVATION: 3 advanced bays at centre; arched
doorway with raised voussoirs and short flight of steps in
centre bay. Large canted ground floor window to gabled
bay left of centre with tripartite lights, 4-light at 1st
floor and attic bipartite. Crenellated parapet above
centre and to 2 bays right of centre. Chamfered right
angle with bipartites to advanced bays; tripartites in
flanking, recessed bays. Full-height canted outer right
gable with bipartites. Paired bipartites at ground in
outer left gabled bay with 1st floor tripartite.
W ELEVATION: raised, battered stack at centre with
2 diamond stacks above. Decorative lintel to single light
at ground to left; bipartite at 1st floor to right.
E ELEVATION: service court at ground with centre archway
detailed as N elevation, 2 gabled bays behind, left bay
Lead-pane glazing to casement windows with some plate
glass below transoms. Decorative lead gutter heads
retained. Gabletted coping and carved skewputts to
gable heads to W end. Swept eaves to 2 Arts and Crafts
style gable heads at E end of N and S elevations. Slate
roof. Moulded coping to stacks.
INTERIOR: retains very high quality work throughout
including panelling, chimneypieces. Galleried hall. Vine
detail to plasterwork ceilings.
Rubble retaining wall.
Statement of Special Interest
Commissioned by Robert Craig, the brother of James Craig
for whom John Kinross designed Carlekamp, Abbotsford Road,
1898. Lorimer apparently stole the commission for Bunkerhill
from the latter. These 2 houses and Westerdunes, Abbotsford
Road form a group of 3 Cotswold Tudor style mansions.
Lorimer's earlier Tudor design was Brackenburgh, Penrith,
1901. Bunkerhill archways with similar voussoir details
to Greywalls, Gullane by Lutyens, 1901.