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- Category: C
- Date Added: 04/05/2006
- Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun
- National Park: Loch Lomond And The Trossachs
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 19407 82610
- Coordinates: 219407, 682610
Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority
Blair Athol is a well-preserved example of a mid-19th century villa. The house, although relatively conventional in design, is well-detailed and a number of features such as the pilastered windows and the quatrefoil-pierced parapets are of interest. A 3-bay 1½-storey rectangular house with gabled half-dormer and ground-floor canted bays, Blair Athol also makes a significant contribution to the collection of buildings along the shore.
Built c1860, the villa has changed little since. The 3-bay front (E) elevation is symmetrical, with a central timber double door and a hood-mould. To either side of this are the canted bays, with quatrefoil-pierced stone parapets and pilastered mullions. The upper floor has 3 gabletted round-arched windows, the central one slightly lower. Each of the side elevations has 2 tall single windows on the ground floor. The rear of the house has 2 half-dormers and a single-storey projection. On the 1st edition map of c1863 there appears to be a small projection on the S of the rear wall, but by the map of c1898 this has been replaced with 2 parallel projections in the centre. Later, the area between the 2 pitch-roofed projections has been filled in with a flat-roofed block.
Interior: the interior contains a number of original features, including good plasterwork cornices and joinery.
Materials: painted ashlar to front elevation, rubble to sides and rear. Graded grey slate roof with stone stacks and polygonal clay cans. Concrete tiles to rear projection. Timber 2-leaf door. Timber sash and case windows, plate glass to the front and lying-pane to the rear.
Coach House And Boundary Walls: to the SW of the house is the rectangular-plan 2-storey rubble coach house. Although many features such as the doors and window remain to the side elevation, a low garage has been fixed to the front. The house is bounded by rubble walls, square-plan gatepiers have decorative pyramidal capstones.
Statement of Special Interest
The settlement of the W shore of Loch Long was a continuation from the development of Kilmun and Strone, which began in the late 1820s when marine engineer David Napier feued a three mile stretch of land from Campbell of Monzie and ran daily steamer connections to Glasgow. Blairmore pier opened in 1855, encouraging development northwards (Walker, 2000, 147).
Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898); Walker, F A, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000), 147; Information courtesy of the owner (2004).
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