Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 87469 85904
387469, 785904


Circa 1900, with later alterations and additions. 3-storey and attic, 2-bay, terraced hotel with broad oriel bays and mock half-timbering. Finely droved sandstone ashlar with polished dressings. Bracketed ground floor cornice, 1st and 2nd floor window cornices, that to 2nd incorporated into eaves cornice. Stone transoms and mullions, raked cills.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: ground floor with 2 fixed windows (each consisting of serpentine timber transom and 2 mullions) flanked by 2-leaf panelled timber door at outer left and altered entrance at outer right. Pair of 5-light shallow canted transomed windows rising through each bay at 1st and 2nd floors, and giving way to decorative metalwork parapet with 'ROYAL HOTEL' lettering, pair of 5-light dormer windows above with half-timbered gableheads.

Plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Broad coped ashlar stacks with full-complement of polygonal cans; ashlar-coped skews with moulded skewputts; decorative bargeboarding.

Statement of Special Interest

Stonehaven's growing reputation as a fine seaside resort, easily accessible by rail and with excellent bathing conditions led to the appearance of a number of well-designed late Victorian hotels appearing on this, one of the principal thoroughfares. Facing the Town Square and Market Buildings, and with views to the rear over Stonehaven Bay, The Royal retains its restrained façade above ground, blending well with earlier buildings from the late 18th and early 19th century planned New Town of Robert Barclay of Ury.




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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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