William Leiper, 1898-9; additions 1903; verandah added 1920 (John Rutherford Johnstone architect, Troon); alterations and additions later 20th century. Asymmetrical 2-storey with attic Old English style house converted for use as hotel. Tooled, rake-jointed red sandstone at ground; polished sandstone dressings; half-timbering with harl jettied out at 1st floor. Raised base course; timber string course dividing floors; overhanging timber bracketed eaves; bolted timber bargeboards. Polished, rake-jointed quoins; polished, rake-jointed long and short surrounds to ground floor openings; chamfered reveals; sandstone mullions and transoms; chamfered cills; timber mullions at 1st floor; projecting timber cills. Single storey, square-plan summer houses flanking E terrace: part red rubble sandstone, part red brick facing; polished sandstone dressings; overhanging bracketed eaves; pyramidal roofs. Rectangular-plan summer house at centre: red brick base course; timber fish-scale detailing at ground; half-timbering and harl beneath overhanging swept eaves. Rusticated, coursed red rubble sandstone columns lining terrace. Later single storey, whitewashed harl L-plan range to N forming residential courtyard.
SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: gabled porch centred at ground; 2 leaf timber panelled door set in pointed-arched surround; flanking trefoil-headed side-lights; segmental-arched, architraved surround to part-glazed timber panelled vestibule door within. Bipartite windows at ground in 2 bays to left and right respectively; tripartite window at 1st floor off-set to left of centre; bipartite windows at 1st floor in flanking bays; box-dormer in bay to right. Single windows at both floors in chamfered bay to outer left; 4-light canted window at ground in single storey wing recessed to outer left. Gabled bay advanced to outer right with projecting 4-light window at ground beneath jettied 1st floor; bipartite window aligned above; single window at 1st floor off-set to left; bipartite window beneath apex. Small trefoil-headed light at ground in bay to outer right.
SE (GARDEN) ELEVATION: bargeboarded gables breaking eaves at centre, outer left and right (wallhead stack partly masking gable to left). 4-light window at ground in canted bay off-set to right of centre; bipartite window in canted bay above beneath overhanging gablehead (decorative bargeboard). 7-light canted glazing row at ground forming chamfered angle to outer right; bipartite window at 1st floor. 5-light glazing row in piended, single storey wing recessed to outer right (chamfered outer light); later single storey additions beyond. Projecting 3-bay arcaded verandah in bays off-set to left of centre; modern glazed infills to round-arched openings; surmounting timber balustrade enclosing 1st floor balcony. Tripartite window at 1st floor beneath central gable; single window at 1st floor off-set to right of wallhead stack in gable to outer left.
Small-pane leaded glazing at ground; small-pane timber casement windows at 1st floor; modern glazing to verandah; some replacement glazing at 1st floor; various rooflights. Grey slate roof; red clay ridge tiles; some copper roofing to single storey wings. Moulded copes with dentilled friezes to sandstone ridge and wallhead stacks; circular terracotta cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: original details to entrance corridor and adjoining ground floor reception rooms. Extensive timber panelled wainscotting; timber panelled doors; plain timber cornices. Tudor-arched ashlar door surround (accessing lounge, stair and bar) with carved sandstone spandrels, engaged colonnettes, coats of arms forming decorative frieze; part-glazed 2-leaf door. Jacobean screen with turned balusters and arched entry dividing stair and lounge; balustraded stair to 1st floor gallery; triple-arched screen at stairhead (now blocked with door infill to right); arched-brace and tie-beam roof with king post. Principal fireplaces in lounge and bar with timber strapwork and bronze relief overmantles respectively. Carved pilasters with foliate capitals (some grotesque heads); decorative timber friezes; original tapestry frieze with floral and foliate detail to bar. Fireplace in reception room to N of entrance corridor with decorative carving to pilastered frame; painted overmantle.
SUMMER HOUSES: single bay, square-plan summer houses flanking E terrace. N summer house open with small-pane timber doors linking hotel addition to N; boarded timber doors accessing rear car park; engaged rusticated column to S; red brick facing to E. S summer house enclosed with boarded timber door from terrace; boarded timber elevation to W; engaged rusticated column to N; red brick facing to E. Pyramidal slate roofs to both; ball-shaped finials. Rectangular-plan summer house at centre accessed from boarded timber entrance in terrace wall; 3-light window centred in E elevation; canted window to S; part-glazed timber door to N; flanking small pane side-lights. Piended slate roof; red tile ridging. Coped red brick stack to N; circular terracotta can.
TERRACE AND COLUMNS: regularly-disposed circular-plan rusticated columns fronting stone-slabbed terrace; polished square plan caps; surmounting pergola missing. Full-length red brick wall enclosing terrace to rear.
ENTRANCE PIERS: squat, polygonal sandstone piers flanking entrance from Craigend Road; stylised angle buttresses; surmounting lamps.
Statement of Special Interest
B Group with No 9 Craigend Road, Piersland Gatehouse and Nos 139-145 Bentinck Drive, Piersland Mews, both of which were designed in the Old English style by William Leiper (1839-1916) to service this house - originally Piersland Lodge. Described as "...a perfect illustration of the current taste for English vernacular" (Davis), here the architect created a charming residence for Sir Alexander Walker (grandson of Johnnie Walker of whisky fame). Despite change of use to form a hotel, the original design remains fundamentally intact and well detailed both inside and out - high quality materials and craftsmanship being evident throughout. One of the most significant buildings in Troon, Piersland is also amongst Leiper's most successful designs in the Old English style.