Listed Building

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Group Category Details
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Crathie And Braemar
National Park
NO 26204 94001
326204, 794001


Probably William Smith, circa 1870, much altered later 19th century. 2-storey L-plan gabled house with 1st floor breaking eaves, and with courtyard formed to rear by abutment at right angles of singles storey stable. Tudor details. Squared and coursed granite, now with harl-pointing; stugged ashlar dressings; base course. Gabled dormerheads.

NE elevation: 3-bay. Granite porch at centre set in re-entrant angle with advanced bay to right, with Tudor-arched doorway, panelled door with panelled fanlight, entablature and decorative cast-iron brattishing; window on return to left. Dormerheaded window to 1st floor behind. Broad, advanced bay to right with canted window at ground, lead-roofed, and 1st floor window in gablehead above; ball finial. Bay to left gabled with full-height canted window with dividing cornice and stepped coping; roll finial.

NW elevation: 4-bay. 2 centre bays recessed, each with window at ground and dormerheaded windows at 1st floor. Outer bay to left, broad slightly advanced gable with 3 grouped windows to each floor, those to outer left blind. Gabled bay advanced to outer right with window to each floor.

SE elevation: courtyard. Service wing recessed to left with gable to outer left and rear door to right. Advanced gable to centre with window at ground left and blinded window above and in flanking bays. Recessed bay return of principal elevation to right with raised chimneybreast, window and blind windows. 2 timber porch additions to rear of principal wing.

Stables: gabled single storey and hayloft block running NW-SE. 2 broad doorways to courtyard and small window; window and hayloft opening to SE gable. Timber extension running at right angles to SW at rear.

4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roofs. Gablet coped skews, bracketted skewputts and kneelers. Wallhead, gablehead and ridge stacks. Cast-iron rooflights to stables.

OUTBUILDING: to S. Single-storey, rectangular-plan slatted timber outbuilding with granite base course. N elevation with pair of sliding, 2-leaf, boarded timber doors. Other boarded timber doors, one part-glazed. 10-pane timber window to far left with top hopper. Timber lean-to to W. Grey slates.

Statement of Special Interest

B Group with Burnside, Craig Gowan Memorial Drinking Basin, Craiglourigan Cottage, 1 Ivy Cottage, 1 and 2 Jubilee Cottages, Post Office Shop and Tigh-Na-Barr, Rhebreck and Rhebreck Water Tank.

Often used on shorter visits by the Royal Family to avoid opening up the castle. Craig Gowan is used as the residence of the Queen's private secretary when on duty during the summer months. The design of the main elevation echoes that at the Glas Allt Shiel. The house continues the Tudor theme used in conjunction with Germanic across the estate. Part of the group at Easter Balmoral.



The Royal Encyclopedia (1991), p129.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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