Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 21068 69139
321068, 669139


Sir Robert Lorimer, 1913. 2-storey and attic, roughly L-plan, Arts and Crafts style house with entrance forecourt, front door in re-entrant angle, small loggia to S; some dormers, bell-cast piended roof. Deep lintels to some ground floor windows. Squared, coursed sandstone rubble. Regular fenestration to S; irregular fenestration elsewhere.

FORECOURT, W ELEVATION: 2 bays with single-storey section to left. 2-leaf timber panelled door with top-glazing in simple roll-moulded droved ashlar architrave; cornice above with flower motifs. Battered buttress to centre of 2-storey section. Single-storey section with single window and coped wallhead.

FORECOURT, N ELEVATION: advanced, piend-roofed central bay, corbelled out at first floor to left side only; tall staircase window. 2 windows to left and blind wall to right.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: large canted window with flat roof at ground to left; casement above; piend-roofed dormer to attic. Glazed arch at ground to right.

S (PRINCIPAL/GARDEN) ELEVATION: slightly advanced 2-storey canted bay window to centre; piend roofed dormer to attic above. Advanced piend-roofed bays to left and right. 2-arch loggia to left bay with battered piers (now glazed in); tripartite window above. Tripartite windows at both floors to right-hand bay; ground floor window opening slightly arched.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: advanced bay to right with outshot to E at ground. Wallhead stack to left; small roof outshot with window between piend roof and stack. Modern glazed door at ground to centre. Irregular fenestration; dormers to attic.

Predominantly 6-pane glazing in timber casements. Plain coped stacks. Large Scottish slates.

BOUNDARY WALL, GATEPIERS AND TERRACE: round-coped random rubble boundary wall; later red sandstone ashlar gatepiers with corniced tops and small round caps to W; small oval opening adjacent. Garden terrace to S with random rubble retaining wall and 5 stone steps to centre.

INTERIOR: tiled entrance lobby. Hall with polished mahogany-veneered panelled doors. Timber panelled staircase with wide steps at bottom. Painted timber panelling to drawing room; original chimneypiece and fender; glazed cupboards flanking fireplace. Dining room with painted timber panelling; roll-moulded stone fire surround with slate inset. Corner fireplace to sitting room (former smoking room) with mahogany or dark stained wood chimneypiece; small darkroom with red window and small sink off morning room. Fireplaces in all bedrooms (including maids' bedrooms), some with original cast iron grates. Timber panelled interior doors with original door furniture. 2 original (or early 20th century) enamelled cast-iron baths; original basins in bathrooms. Large fitted cupboard in former Butler's pantry with cupboards, drawers, and glazed sliding doors at top. Slate shelf in larder. Maids' cleaning closet with porcelain sink off first floor landing. Linen room with fitted shelves.

Statement of Special Interest

Originally called Dunnotar, and built for J A Will. This was the last house that Lorimer designed in Colinton, and arguably one of best. The planning is particularly good, although it is similar to that of the other houses that Lorimer built in Colinton. The house is set back to the North of its site, so that the principal rooms and main bedrooms face South over the largest possible expanse of garden. The entrance is to the N of the house, and the L-plan of the forecourt provides shelter for the arriving visitor. The kitchen window overlooks the forecourt so that the servants can see visitors as they approach the front door, but the kitchen is shaded from the hot SW sun by the projecting stair tower. The other rooms used by the servants face North and East, and do not overlook the main garden, thereby making it relatively private. The date of the house is very late for Arts and Crafts, and indeed its style can only be so described in the loosest possible way. Like many of Lorimer's other houses in Colinton, it owes more to the vernacular traditions of southern England than Scotland. The interior of this house is particularly impressive and very well preserved. Many of the houses built by Lorimer in Colinton were originally intended as weekend retreats, and consequently had fairly plain interiors. From the beautiful dark timber used in the hall and staircase, and the panelling in the dining room and sitting room, it is evident that a lot of money was spent on the interior of this house. The attention to detail is evident throughout the house ? even the doors of the attic bedrooms have Lorimer handles. The survival of original domestic fittings, such as the magnificent cast-iron baths, linen room, maids' cleaning closet and the darkroom is also highly unusual.



Plans in the RCAHMS. Appears on 1932 OS map. Gifford, McWilliam & Walker, BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND: EDINBURGH, p521. Peter Savage, LORIMER AND THE EDINBURGH CRAFT DESIGNERS, p113.

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.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8914 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to 1 PENTLAND ROAD, STONEHOUSE, WITH BOUNDARY WALL, GATEPIERS AND GARDEN TERRACE

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 28/02/2020 23:48