Sydney Mitchell, 1898.
Tall, asymmetrical Scottish Baronial mansion of varying
heights running east-west on south facing sloping site.
At west, 5-storey and attic tower, flanked at east by
2-storey and attic 3-bay block which in turn is linked by
low service wing to further square tower (Turret House)
to east. All red bullfaced rubble with tooled or polished
ashlar dressings. Principal entrance in projecting square
porch with segmental headed doorway in near centre of
irregular, gabled north elevation, with single storey
service wing extended to east, linking with Turret House.
South elevation: raised ground floor opens to balustraded
terrace with curved flight stairs descending to garden and
further terraces. Transomed and mullioned tripartites
under relieving arches in ground floor. Circular drum tower
rises full height at SW angle with (raised) ground floor,
1st and 2nd floor bipartites linked vertically by decorative
architraves with Jacobean detailing, and with deep panelled
aprons with strapwork, carved roses and thistles between,
topped by shaped pediment above 2nd floor window. Angle drum
tower rises into 3rd storey as octagon with engaged Jacobean
column detailing at angles. Deep corbelled and crenellated
wallhead with cannon water spouts. Canted fenestrated SE
angle abutting another drum tower rising to corbelled square
caphouse with crowsteps and end stacks. Various segmentally
pedimented dormers north and south with finials.
Turret House; roughly square, 2-storey tower house linked
to main building; exaggerated corbelled and crenellated
wallhead, angle square and rounded bartizans and stair
turret projecting at NW, rising single stage above wallhead
with corbelled circular parapet broken by 4 square mock
turrets encircling centre conical stone roof. Centre canted
oriel in south front with steeply pitched polished ashlar
facetted roof terminating with carved thistle finial.
Varied glazing pattern throughout, mainly multi-pane but
some 2-pane sashes. Corniced stacks; crowsteps; slate roofs.
Extensive terracing in front of mansion with crenellated
coping to battered rubble retaining walls.
Interior; ribbed panelling to stairwell leading to principal
floor with public rooms; carved family crest above entrance
door from porch. Pedimented door cases; panelled doors;
original marble chimney pieces. Circular staircase leads
from stairhall under paired round-headed arches with twin
facetted columns with stiff leaf capitals.
Stables; single storey and attic, H-plan, with shallow south
facing court between outer gabled wings which are linked by
covered passage with centre gabletted dormer. All bullfaced
rubble, tooled ashlar dressings, some timber detailing to
dormers. Tripartite in south face of east gable; corniced
ridge stacks; crowsteps; slate roofs; ridge ventilator to
former stable wing.
Large modern entrance slapped in south face of west gable,
leading to former stables, now with loft ceiling and all
Walled garden; large grey brick walled garden with tooled
ashlar copes; entrances at NE and SE, each with tooled
ashlar gate piers with ball finials and ornate cast- and