Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 24843 89287
224843, 689287


Earlier 19th century core, substantially remodelled and enlarged

in 1856, refurbished 1984 by Property Services Agency. 2-storey, asymmetrical, L-plan Italianate villa. Harled with yellow

sandstone margins and dressings. Projecting bracketted eaves;

base course; round-arched windows.

S (MAIN) ELEVATION: 7 bays. 3-stage, campanile entrance tower to left; corniced and pilastered door, urn balustrade, 2-leaf panelled door; window at 1st floor, tripartite arcade window at upper floor, piended roof. Taller, narrow 4-stage square tower in re-entrant angle to outer left, narrow windows. Lower 4-bay block to right with 5th gabled bay to outer right, windows disposed thus on each floor tripartite-single-single-bipartite with bipartite window at ground of gable; oriel with large arched window at 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: 4-bay block with narrow entrance tower recessed to outer right. Gable to outer left with full-height canted bay, small arched window in gablehead; centre 2 bays with architraved bipartite windows; gable to outer right with broad canted window at ground, battered base, balustrade; 3-light arcade window at 1st floor, single arched window in gablehead.

4-pane and plate glass sash and case windows, secondary glazing. Grey slate roof, velux rooflights. Chimneys removed on refurbishment.

INTERIOR: refurbished in 1984, now modern office interior, suspended ceilings etc.

Statement of Special Interest

Belmore House is shown on the 1st edition OS map. It was substantially remodelled in the Italianate style in the 1850s. The MOD carried out major renovation and refurbishment in the 1980s and although the interior is no longer extant much of the exterior fabric has survived. The house is set within the Clyde Submarine Base so has lost its setting, but its importance as an architectural focus has been recognised by the MOD. A monument to John McDonald of Belmore (d.1891) is located within the grounds of Garelochhead church.



F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p99. OS 1st edition map, 1865.

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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