Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NC 39196 68634
239196, 968634


1744. 2 storey and attic, symmetrical U-plan house; 4 centre bays, projecting outer wings with 3-bay inner faces to

small paved court; 2 1st floor and small attic windows

only in south facing outer gabled wings. All harled, with

polished ashlar margins and dressings.

windows in south elevation with blocked centre (Minister's)

Entrances in outer bays of long courtyard bolection moulded

door pieces and 19th century panelled doors, that to right

being false; 2 ground floor windows between doorways. 2

later windows and door in courtyard elevation of each

return wing with rendered margins. All front original windows

have half-round moulding to margins; plain chamfers to rear

margins. 2 paired diminutive piended dormers in centre

front. Large 1st floor windows with 12-pane glazing;

9-pane in ground floor.

Cavetto skewputts; crowsteps; coped end stacks; large

lateral rear stack (serving 1st floor principal room);

West Highland slate roof.

Interior; original stone stair case with half-round moulding

to risers; principal room takes up centre 4 bays of 1st

floor original raised and fielded panelling in one 1st floor

room in east wing, with original moulded and lugged

doorpiece; 19th century door. 2 18th century moulded chimney

pieces survive. Otherwise later 19th century alterations

and decoration. Vaulted cellars. Walled garden; dated

lintel, 1863. Large walled garden, high coped rubble walls.

Gate piers and walls; later 19th century, pair square

tooled rubble gate piers with moulded pyramidal caps.

Extensive drystone walls with drystone cope

Statement of Special Interest

Balnakeil House built on site of summer residence of Bishops

of Sutherland and Caithness. Occasional residence of

Lords of Reay.




OF SCOTLAND, iv, (1892) pp. 80, 81. Groom's GAZETTEER OF

SCOTLAND 1 (1882) p. 118.

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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