Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 92207 61187
392207, 661187


1822 with later additions and alterations. Symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay plain classical style house with flanking single storey with attic, single bay pavilions; full-height wing (incorporating former coach house) projecting at rear. Harl-pointed rubble (predominantly whinstone); sandstone dressings. Rusticated quoins; tooled long and short surrounds to openings; slightly raised margins; projecting cills.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: step to deep-set timber panelled door centred at ground; decorative fanlight; plain door-surround with consoled cornice. Single windows at ground in flanking bays; square windows in all bays at 1st floor. Outer pavilions with single windows at both floors to right (squat upper opening); part-glazed timber panelled door at ground to left; squat upper opening aligned above.

SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay pavilion projecting to outer left. 2-storey, 2-bay range recessed to right with glazed door at ground to left; single window above; sliding boarded timber door at ground to right; large window aligned above.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: main block with projecting wing off-set to left of centre; various additions recessed to right. Lower pavilions to outer left and right.

Predominantly modern timber casement windows; some 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows; various rooflights. Grey slate piended roofs; replacement rainwater goods. Corniced sandstone wallhead stacks; octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: stained glass stair window inscribed 'In loving memory of Elezer Colville who built this house 1822, died 1853.' Remainder not seen 1998.

BOUNDARY WALL AND GATEPIERS: heavily-pointed, coped rubble wall enclosing site to front. Octagonal-plan, coursed pink sandstone gatepiers flanking vehicular entrance; tapering caps; gates missing.

Statement of Special Interest

A well-detailed, prominent house fronting Ayton's High Street. Built by Elezer Colville (an Edinburgh surgeon), it was later associated with the adjacent Colville Lodge - itself dated 1851 and built for Colville's son, a Justice of Peace Clerk (see separate list entry). Although the majority of its original glazing has been removed, Colville House retains its original composition and other good details.



Ordnance Survey map, 1860 (evident). RUTHERFURD'S SOUTHERN COUNTIES' REGISTER AND DIRECTORY (1866, reprinted 1990) p597.

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.

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.

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