Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 01119 44205
301119, 944205


1895. Possibly Donald Leed, architect, Thurso. 2-storey

asymmetrical gabled shooting lodge with Baronial detailing.

Coursed rubble, contrasting polished ashlar dressings.

Main elevations to south (with pronounced battered plinth)

and west. South elevation with off-centre entrance into

gabled and advanced bay; projecting window at SE angle with

heavy cable-moulded centre mullion supporting corbelled 1st

floor angle bartizan with blind cruciform slit, corbelled

upper course and conical roof with cast-iron weather-vane.

4-storey octagonal tower at SW angle, housing staircase in 1st

and 2nd floors, large windows in 5 sides to 3 lower storeys;

corbelled upper storey of tower, with gabletted windows and

facetted conical roof outlined with cast-iron thistle cresting.

Windows in main elevations have cable-moulded carved detailing

to architraves; some windows break wallhead in bargeboarded

gablets; 2-pane glazing. Corniced ridge and end stacks;

fish-scale slate roof in contrasting zig-zag bands; tiled

ridge. Some modern additions to lower rear service range.

Statement of Special Interest

Built by Sir Tollemache Sinclair of Ulbster.

Donald Leed, Architect and Clerk of Works to Ulbster Estates "superintended various lodges and houses". 13.3.1903.

Cable-moulded detailing very similar to that on Thurso Castle

(Sinclair of Ulbster of 1872-78.

Railway, which passes within a mile, established in 1873, and

would have provided transport for building materials.



CAITHNESS COURIER, 13 March, 1903. Obituary, Donald Leed.

THE TIMES, 3 August, 1983.

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