Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NC 95215 65155
295215, 965155


Early east facing portion dated 1751, extended earlier/mid 19th century probably to form H-plan, the southern recess being filled in later 19th century by bold, tall 2-storey entrance section re-casting main entrance to south. Also late 19th century substantial additions at NE with library, additional service rooms etc. All harled with ashlar dressings

and margins.

2-storey, wide 5-bay south facing facade, with wide projecting centre bay with off-centre door with segmental headed light above, and closely flanked by mullioned and transomed windows, with similar fenestration in 1st floor (lighting later 19th century drawing room) Flanking gabled crowstepped bays, with 2-window facades, to SE being gable of 1751 house. 3-storey, 8-bay west elevation, the upper windows breaking the wallhead into gablets.

Symmetrical 2-storey and basement, 5-bay house (dated 1751) faces east, centre bay with shaped wallhead gable, door at ground, window above set in dated semi-circular keystoned panel, occulus above; centre door flanked by later 19th century rectangular bay windows; scroll skewputts and apex stack to centre gablet; diminutive paired occuli in gables. 1751 and earlier 19th century ranges mainly reglazed, but a little 12-pane sash and case glazing survives; some stained and lattice glazing to entrance front fenestration. Various rambling single and 2-storey additions fill NE and rear, enclosing irregular rear service court; some canted mullioned windows; corniced end and ridge stacks; slate roofs.

Interior; main south entrance opens into panelled entrance hall, thence to stair hall with carved wooden balustered staircase.

Panelled dado and chimney piece in 1st floor drawing room, which has ornate painted plaster ceiling with cornice; pair fluted pilasters frame wide bay window.

Early house has original scale and plat staircase, now enclosed in later 19th century panelling.

Statement of Special Interest

By 1774 Sandside "a modern house" 2 small symbol stones, both Scheduled Ancient Monument No 616, set in walls east and west of house.



T Pennant, A TOUR IN SCOTLAND, 1769 (3rd ed. 1774) with

appendix by Rev. A Pope, Minister of Reay), P.329.

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 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.

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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