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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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