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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 25662 86201
225662, 686201


James Smith, 1854 with circa 1865 gabled wing addition. 2-storey, asymmetrical, rambling-plan villa on elevated terrace. Harled with pink and white sandstone ashlar margins; later bay to S squared and snecked sandstone. Quoin strips. Projecting eaves; exposed rafters.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay original block with later advanced bay to S and attached to lower single storey block to outer left. Broad gabled bay to outer left with full-height, corniced canted window, dividing cornice, shield in gablehead. Door at ground in bay immediately to right, stone steps, (modern porch cover). 4-panelled door with Edinburgh handle, large plate glass fanlight. Window to right; windows symmetrically disposed at 1st floor. Advanced block to outer right, gabled, full-height, ashlar bay advanced at centre, shield in gablehead. Ground floor, canted window, corbelled to square at 1st floor with substantial 6-light window. String-course between floors. Single storey block to outer left attached to main house by link bay; window at centre of gable in advanced block supporting chimney stack, now truncated.

E ELEVATION: higher ground at rear. Broad gable advanced to outer right, bipartite at centre. Windows symmetrically disposed on left return (12-pane, lying- pane glazing). Narrow gable to outer left, narrow window off-centre at ground, window at centre at 1st floor, blind arrowslit in gablehead.

S ELEVATION: asymmetrical. Bipartites at ground and 1st floor, gabled dormerheads.

Plate glass sash and case windows to W elevation, 18-pane, lying-pane glazing to N elevation of single storey block. Grey slate roof, tall coped apex and ridge stacks, octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

STABLES: single and 2-storey, gabled, L-plan stable block to N of house. Rubble with stugged pink sandstone dressings. Chamfered reveals. Bracketted eaves

S ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 5 bays. Broad gable to outer right, 2-leaf double door at ground, hoist door at centre of gablehead blocked as window. 4-bay long range to left, bays from left, door, carriage entrance, door, window.

E ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 2-storyed, M-gabled to outer right, single storey, 2-bay to outer left. 8-pane sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, coped apex stacks.

Statement of Special Interest

The drawings of the villa of Ardchapel by James Smith of 1854 show the house, L-plan stable block, and walled garden and walks to rear. The garden at the rear have now been redeveloped but the stables are still extant. The 1854 design does not include the gabled NE wing so this is a later addition, probably of the 1860s.



NMRS photographs of 4 drawings of the villa of Ardchapel for Miss E Cullen by James smith 1854. OS 1st and 2nd editions, 1865, 1896.

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