Listed Building

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EMBO HOUSELB608

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
18/03/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Dornoch
NGR
NH 80890 92242
Coordinates
280890, 892242

Description

Circa 1790. Symmetrical, classical range, centre block

of 3 storeys over raised basement, 5 bays, flanked by

2-storey, 3-bay dwellings, linked to main house by single

storey bays each with large round-headed window

with dummy fanlight and Gibbs

surround. All harled with yellow ashlar sandstone dressings.

Main house has pedimented centre bay with centre door

approached by flight of steps, round-headed key-stoned

2nd floor window and apex chimney. Chamfered ashlar

quoins to ground floor, with deep lintel course linking

ground floor windows; small windows at upper floor with

9-pane glazing; 12-pane elsewhere. Eaves band and deep

moulded eaves cornice; moulded sides to skews; ashlar

end stacks. Outer wings each have 3 long windows in south

elevation and 3 small in upper floor, glazed as in main

house. Similar margins, eaves band and plain skews;

margined end stacks. Slate roofs throughout.

Symmetrical fenestration to rear; modern single storey

extension to rear of centre block.

3 original lead rainwater heads and pipes survive, the heads being fluted and having egg and dart decorative

heads being fluted and having egg and dart decorative

detailing.

Interior; ornamental plaster ceiling in entrance hall;

simple decorative cornices in ground floor rooms.

Original wooden chimney pieces in ground floor rooms

flanking entrance hall, and in former drawing room in

east wing, all now with simple modern gates. Original

staircase with turned wooden balusters.

Large segmental headed fireplace in former kitchen

containing wall oven or aumbry; hearth now closed.

Statement of Special Interest

Built by Mr Robert Hume Gordon to entertain electors. It

incorporates fragments of earlier house, "an old building"

in 1769. Datestone of 1657 with initials SRDI and GL set

in wall of former kitchen wing.

References

Bibliography

T Pennant, A TOUR IN SCOTLAND 1769 (3rd ed. 1774) p340.

G D Bentinck, DORNOCH CATHEDRAL AND PARISH (1926) P432.

Donald Sage, MEMORABILIA DOMESTICA (1889) (1975 ed.)

pp110-11.

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