Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority
Large rectangular-plan 2-storey and attic shooting/hunting lodge built in 1912 by W. L. Carruthers for Sir Charles Watson. The principal SW elevation is asymmetrically arranged, architectural plans seem to indicate that this elevation was originally similar to that of the SE and NE elevations, being near-symmetrical, restrained and rather austere. The swept attic to the ground floor and the entrance tower (tacked onto the original porch) were added in the mid/later 20th century which softened the principal elevation. The house replaced a mid 19th century large lodge in the 'Highland Style' which Queen Victoria visited in 1869. A tree planted by Victoria reputedly still remains in the garden. The house sits on an elevated site, the land to the NE falls away giving a panoramic view of Loch Venachar. A landmark building (Invertrossachs House is clearly visible across the shore of the Loch along the A821 Road to Brig O' Turk), with strong local historical associations, and with an interesting collection of surviving ancillary buildings.
The main doorway to the principal SW elevation is located in the re-entrant ogee roofed tower, open at ground floor 2 tapered columns carry the later 1st floor addition with emblazoned balconette to the window. The principal elevation is characterised by the cottagey feel of the roof being swept to the centre of the ground floor and rising up to the left creating the appearance of a piended section informally balancing that to the right. The wall extending out divides the main house from the former service block, a large bell faces into the main drive. To the rear of the wall is the former service yard, a semi-circular game larder is built against the wall. The SW elevation of the setback former service wing remains unaltered from the original design scheme. The NW elevation of the service block surprises with a canted oriel window at 1st floor set against a 2-storey tower with an ogee capped roof. These later additions were probably added at the same time as those to the SW. The SE elevation is perfectly balanced with 2 piended slightly advanced outer bays. A French door is set to the centre giving access to a raised rubble terrace with a central pond. Steps give access to a walkway leading to the Garden Shelter built into the descending ground.
The NE elevation is formal and near symmetrical giving it a massive and stark appearance. A 1920/30s exposed brick and render single storey sun lounge with attractive scalloped glazing set within large round arched windows is set to the left against the slightly advanced outerbay. A large rubble terrace runs to the entire elevation giving views across Loch Venachar, immediately below this sits a former tennis court with a picturesque dilapidated tennis pavilion, (2005).
Parquet flooring and simple cornices throughout the ground floor. Large hall running the entire length of the house from W to E with applied panelled mouldings to wall and vitruvian scroll detailing to dado. Limed oak dogleg stair with 1st floor gallery lit by rectangular geometric design cupola. Former library with built-in oak cupboards to dado height and large salvaged Tudor arched chimneypiece with strapwork detailing, possibly 17th century. Other rooms to the ground floor retain well-detailed chimneypieces which appear to be 19th century. As with the hall, a number of the principal ground floor rooms have panelled mouldings arranged to the walls. The service block has been converted into a number of holiday apartments. The 1st floor and attic were not viewed at the time of the survey, (2005) however the owner informed that they were plain and had been altered and modernised.
Timber doorpiece incorporating side lights framing timber door with 4 panels to lower section and 9-pane upper glazed section. Timber multi-paned sash and case windows. White painted render to walls. Various styles of gabled and piended timber dormer windows, some with casement openings, others sash and case. Overhanging eaves with piended grey slate roofs, lead ball finials to ogee roofs. Numerous corniced ridge and wallhead rendered stacks with clay circular tapered cans.
Shelter and small enclosed garden
Located to the descending ground to the SE of the house. The structure was built to allow sheltered accommodation overlooking the adjoining small enclosed garden and wider views across the valley. Rectangular in plan it is built from thin rubble slabs with a swept grey slate roof. The NW elevation built into sloping ground has a pair of narrow horizontal windows set close to the ground, a swept timber boarded gablet is set to the roof with a diamond-shaped panel giving access to the roof space. The 2 side elevations possess single windows. The SW elevation is open supported on a pair of piers, a swept gablet designed as a dovecote with five flight holes is centred to the roof. A rubble retaining wall flanks the pavilion. The small garden is built into the slope, the rubble retaining wall to the NW has a flight of steps to its N side. The wall steps down to the SW and NE, the end wall to the SE is curved with an opening to its centre giving access to a short flight of steps. The garden is currently unplanted, (2005).
Picturesquely designed with some interesting features the pavilion is located to the NE of the house. It is in a state of dilapidation with the rear part of its roof covered with a tarpaulin, (2005). Polygonal in plan, a veranda is orientated to the SW overlooking the former tennis court, it is supported by 2 Doric columns. The central door to the veranda gives access to the interior, an interesting large brick open chimney hearth dominates, the walls are unplastererd red brick with exposed rafters to the ceiling. The proportions of the hearth are continued with a massive stack located to the rear. Rendered brick. Timber multi-paned windows and doors, some missing, (2005). The former tennis court is currently overgrown, (2005).
Located to the SE of the house setback from the main drive. Single storey and attic former kennels, rectangular plan with rear square-plan outshot. 2 open railed runs to the principal S elevation with small accommodation quarters to the rear set below a hipped roof. A piended outshot is located to the rear housing a belfast sink and small fireplace, it was possibly used as a bothy. Render to walls, sandstone stack with single can. It is suggested that these kennels were built as quarantine accommodation due to their small scale and the fact that there was a larger kennels block formerly located nearby.