Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NW 99714 54321
199714, 554321


James Kennedy Hunter, 1905, extensive additions by J M Dick Peddie, 1906-7. 2-storey basement and attic, 3-storey irregular-plan hotel with baronial style conical-roofed round towers. Harl. Moulded string course

NW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical 12-bay, grouped 5 7. Elaborate plasterwork corniced doorpiece to main entrance of recessed 7-bay section; 2-leaf timber and glass doors; tall stair bay breaking eaves to right by re-entrant angle; advanced lower wing set at right angles to left. 5 advanced bays to outer left; entrance stair bay advanced and breaking eaves at centre. Variety of single, bipartite and tripartite dormers.

NE ELEVATION: 4-bay with 3-stage conical capped tower to outer left. Bipartite dormers.

SE (REAR) ELEVATION: 13 bays with conical capped 3-stage towers to outer left and right. Advanced flat-roofed section to outer left. Single and bipartite dormers.

SW ELEVATION: 5-bay with stair tower to outer right. Single dormers at attic.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows; many replacement windows. Grey slate roof; coped wallhead and pitch stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: original decorative scheme largely intact, including timber panelling; decorative timber newels to stairposts; vaulted corridor linking dining and drawing room at ground floor.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: combination of rubble, harl and brick boundary walls enclosing site. Circular-plan conical capped gatepiers.

Statement of Special Interest

Tennis court and swimming pool also within grounds. The architect James Kennedy Hunter also designed Dunskey House (see separate list description). The hotel occupies a prominent cliff-site setting, and can be clearly seen from Portpatrick Village and Harbour.



J Gifford DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY (1996), p493; J D Mackenzie and R R Cunningham OLD PORTPATRICK (1997), pp3, 47.

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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