Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Inverness And Bona
NH 72107 46479
272107, 846479


House; circa 1788, classical astylar double pile mansion

linked to lower pavilions by quadrants. Central block of

2 storeys and mansard attic over raised basement linked by

single storey quadrant to outer pavilions, each of 2

storeys over raised basement. Rusticated ashlar raised

basement and groins; above elevations cherry-caulked red

rubble with contrasting polished sandstone dressings; harl

pointed flanks. Slightly advanced and pedimented centre bay

in SW entrance front; coat of arms in tympanum with military accoutrements above door with flanking engaged Roman Doric

columns and open pediment; triglyph and rosette frieze

continues over side windows (with balustraded aprons), all

set in shallow recessed panel; delicate fanlight, Venetian

window with Ionic order in 1st floor. Paired end stacks on

shaped gables; mansarded slated attic with dormers behind

balustrade. Outer pavilions with simple wallhead cornice

and blocking course linked to centre range by single storey

quadrants each with centre door set in shallow round-headed

recess flanked by blind Roman-Doric screen; corniced wallhead

with paired urns.

NE garden front; simplified pedimented elevation with swagged

coat of arms; tympanum linked to outer pavilions by single

storey quadrants, each with entrance as at SW flanked by

niches each housing full-size classical statue. Pavilions

each with simple centre Venetian window (blind side lights).

Multi-pane sash and case windows; piended slate roofs;

platformed roofs to pavilions; brick screen walls extend

from pavilions masking inner service courts, with ashlar

long-short rusticated arches.

Interior; ornate interior with Adamesque decoration.

Entrance lobby with arched columned screen leading to

barrel vaulted cross-passage.

Drawing room with carved marble Adamesque chimneypiece,

panelled doors with corniced and decorated doorpieces,

decorated plaster cornice, ceiling and mural roundels of

classical scenes suspended from swags.

Dining room; engaged columns with decorative necking and

composite capitals frame buffet recess; doorcases and

chimneypiece similar to drawing room. Cross-passage leads to

long curved staircase.

Gate piers; circa 1788, pair square rusticated polished

ashlar gate-piers with corniced and shaped caps supporting

lead urns.

Gardeners' bothy; circa 1788; simple brick 2-storey,

3-bay brick dwelling, polished ashlar dressings and

rusticated quoins. Steps to loft at S gable. Centre door; low

loft windows in outer bays only; pair ground floor windows

in rear (W) elevation with centre occulus in 1st floor.

Coped end stacks; slate roof.

Statement of Special Interest

Probably built for Arthur Forbes, 7th of Culloden,

incorporating fragments of earlier mansion at basement level.

Four statues in NE elevation niches represent Zenohia,

Odenatus, Cato and Scipio.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiv (1835), p.16. John G Dunbar, THE


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