Listed Building

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LEYS CASTLE AND GARDEN TERRACESLB8053

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
05/10/1971
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Inverness And Bona
NGR
NH 68008 40986
Coordinates
268008, 840986

Description

Samuel Beasley, 1833. Imposing Tudor Gothic mansion with

both Gothic and Romanesque detailing. 2 storeys with

central square tribune tower rising single storey above

roofline, over raised basement. SE entrance front and NW

garden elevation. Polished and tooled ashlar. Turretted

entrance front stepping forward from outer octagonal turrets

to projecting porte-cochere with tall slender intermediate

turrets. Garden and side elevations with canted bays full

height with oriel to garden with diminutive lantern finials

marking central garden front. Double string courses between

ground and 1st floors.

Varied fenestration, mainly hoodmoulded some windows with

4-centred arched pointed-heads; 7-light tripartites and

bipartites with Y-tracery; multi-pane glazing, some

intersecting astragals.

Corbelled and crenellated wallheads masking shallow piended

slated roofs; symmetrical batteries of tall stacks; original

rainwater goods, principal heads decorated with embossed

boarheads. Garden terraces; terraces with carved ashlar

balustrades front SE return elevation and descend to garden.

Terrace fronting raised basement at NW lowered in 1930 to

provide internal light, revealing complete fenestration.

Interior; wide entrance hall with ashlar chimney piece with

chevron detailing and original hearth. Centre stairhall rises

3 storeys through galleried tower; decorative corbesl to

gallery with cusped balustrade. Cusped ashlar balustrade to

imperial stair with tall chimney piece with chevron and ball

decoration at half landing.

Drawing room; white and gold decoration; ogee doorpieces;

panelled doors and window shutters; Gothic detailing to white

marble chimney piece; decorative ribbed ceiling with centre

boss. Library; octagonal room with grained walls and

ceilings, original bookshelves. Some gilded festoons to

ceiling and central boss; marble chimney piece.

Dining room: grained walls and coffered ceiling; moulded

ceiling joists supported by shallow corbelled braces; black

marble chimney piece; ogee doorpieces. 1st floor rooms open

off galleried corridor; plaster cornices and fine marble

chimney pieces.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Col. John Baillie, MP, whose arms are carved on

porte-cochere. Baillie boars embossed on waterheads. Small

(1919) plaque by main entrance records use of mansion as

auxiliary hospital 1914-19 war. Hopeman, Moray, stone used

throughout and for staircase balustrade (information by

courtesy the present owner, 1984). Leys formerly in detached

portion of Croy and Dalcross Parish.

References

Bibliography

Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH

ARCHITECTS, 1600-1840 (1978), p.103.

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