Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 70508 29521
370508, 629521


David Rhind of Edinburgh, architect 1853, restored and

enlarged by John Watherston of Edinburgh 1885-86 following

fire. Large asymetrical Scottish Jacobean mansion house, now

a hotel. 3 storeys, mostly mullioned and transomed

windows, some hood-moulded, advanced and recessed gabled

bays with finials or apex stacks. Stugged coursers, polished

dressings. North elevation: Tudor-arched door, hood-mould

raised over panel with crest above; projecting wide square

bay windows (4 and 5 lights) either side (2 storeys to left);

tall, slender 3-stage octagonal turret linked to main block

at right has upper lancets and open parapet (pinnacles

removed); low wing returns right, 2 walled open courts

behind. South elevation extended to west by Watherston and

arranged asymmetrically with single inner windows and

pedimented dormer heads, advanced outer gables, conservatory

at right (remodelled since 1885) with canted south end.

Corbelled oriel faces east; modern fire escape nearby.

String above ground floor; stacks with corniced octagonal

flues; slate roofs. Interior: some decorative carved

chimney pieces; that in stair hall is particularly fine

with elaborate Gothic ornament, traceried cusped panels,

crocketted ogival fireplace opening flanked by figures

in niches; some decorative ceiling plasterwork; library has

fitted book-shelves.

Square gatepiers; cast-iron gates with spiked rails; outer

piers ashlar with projecting caps, cast-iron inner piers

fluted, with cone finials.

Statement of Special Interest

Conservatory not as shown on Watherston drawings.



Some Rhind and Watherston drawings in NMRS

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.

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 advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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