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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
Cove And Kilcreggan
NS 22332 81021
222332, 681021


Probably Alexander Thomson, 1850s. 2-storey, asymmetrical, shallow-gabled, cottage villa with Italianate, Romanesque details. Whinstone and sandstone rubble with harl-pointing; bull-faced pink sandstone margins and dressings; moulded string course; quoin strips; base course; advanced bracketted eaves.

S (MAIN) ELEVATION: L-plan main block with porch in re-entrant angle and single storey service jamb recessed to outer right. Shallow gable to outer left, steps and platt with rusticated die, semicircular caps to projecting window at ground, round-headed windows, stone bracketted piend and platformed slate roof, small cast-iron window guard to platform; narrow, round-headed tripartite arcaded window, polished sandstone, whinstone relieving arch above. Sandstone triglyph bracket supporting segmental-headed canopied barge boarding. Square porch in re-entrant angle to right, bracketted ashlar balustrade, cast-iron wreath decoration, sandstone acanthus die. Polygonal-headed door set into round-headed opening on right return facing SE; tripartite arcaded window, bracketted cill facing S. Single storey jamb recessed to outer right; gable to outer left, quadripartite window; glazed roof block to outer right, blind bipartite window.

SE ELEVATION: right return of projecting gable to outer left, round-headed windows asymmetrically disposed directly under eaves. Porch in re-entrant angle; broad shallow-gabled bay to right; bipartite round-headed window set into pointed arched rusticated margin at basement left; oculus above; narrow round-headed window at centre of 1st floor, flanked by smaller round-headed bipartites; 2 round-headed windows at 1st floor to outer right. Single storey jamb advanced to right at ground.

NW ELEVATION: tripartite window at ground outer right, small bipartite under eaves. Steps and platt to projecting tripartite window at ground outer left, round-headed windows, piend and platform roof on consoles, small windows at centre above, flanking diminutive round-headed lights.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: pink-painted harl with rusticated sandstone margins and dressings; bull-faced quoins corbelled to quoin strips. Full-height bowed bay at centre, French door at ground, flanking windows, small window at 1st floor; diminutive round-headed niches on right return, canted single storey block in re-entrant angle, blank bay recessed to outer right. Single storey kitchen block to outer left.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, lead flashings; paired square ridge and wallhead stacks with dentilled cornice on rusticated bases and serrated, decorative square cans.

INTERIOR: narrow hall with stone cantilevered stair, cast-iron balusters; panelled door with wreath and lyre moulding above door; cornice and ceiling rosette; marble fireplaces.

COACH HOUSE: L-plan block to NE. Painted harl with sandstone margins and dressings; projecting eaves, exposed rafters. Gabled to outer right, coach doors at ground, oculus in gablehead. Slate roof, lead flashings, sandstone pedestals, round cans.

BRIDGE: carrying avenue over burn; 5 round-headed rusticated stone arches with slab coping, parapets of slab coping.

BOUNDARY WALL AND GATEPIERS: whinstone walls with large quartz rubble boulder coping curving towards broad, quartz niched gatepiers with pedimented blocking course, raised flat cap, irregular quartz boulder finial. Cast-iron mile sign set into wall to S.

Statement of Special Interest

F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p110-111. OS 1st edition map, 1865.



Glen Eden is listed Category A as a fine example of Alexander Thomson?s villa design. The house was probably designed by Alexander Thomson as part of the earlier development of the shore land, instigated by the developer John McElroy.

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