Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

BALNAKEIL HOUSE, WALLED GARDEN, ENCLOSING WALLS AND GATE PIERSLB517

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
18/03/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Durness
NGR
NC 39196 68634
Coordinates
239196, 968634

Description

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.

References

Bibliography

MacGibbon and Ross CASTELLATED AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE

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

SCOTLAND 1 (1882) p. 118.

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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