Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NH 46249 56404
246249, 856404


1821, additions Alexander Ross, 1860. Unusual villa of 1821

centred on 2 octagons, 1 to south of 2 storeys with 2-bay

wings. Sympathetically enlarged in 1860 in identical masonry

style. Now 2-storey, of varying heights, 7 bays with further

2-storey, 3-bay service wing to south gable Pinned rubble,

contrasting tooled and polished ashlar dressings and base


West front; tall octagonal central core projects as

semi-octagon with octagonal piended roof; tall corniced

ground floor windows and small square windows in 1st floor on

3 faces, all with moulded architraves; flanking 2-storey

2-bay wings with original ground floor windows as octagon;

2nd floor either re-windowed or raised in 1860.

East entrance front; centre entrance in semi-octagonal porch,

leading to octagonal hall, with pedimented portice; supported

by painted Roman Doric columns; moulded eaves cornice and

shallow leaded roof. Porch flanked by slightly advanced

piended outer bays, to right (west) containing stairwell

(which appoears to date from 1821)

1860 2-storey, 2-bay extensions flank west front, extending

east to form outer wings. Tall flat-headed ground floor

windows, and segmental headed 1860 windows in 1st floor

(except front octagon); later 19th century rectangular bay

window at ground floor imediately right of centre octagon;

later 19th century 2-storey 3-bay gabled service wing to

south gable.

Some lying-pane glazing survives in ground floor windows;

multi-pane in 1st floor; square corniced end and ridge

stacks, single and in batteries of 2 and 4; shallow slated

roof with projecting eaves.

Interior; semi-octagonal pilastered entrance hall; octagonal

drawing room with ornate plaster ceiling with central roundel

decorated with acanthus leaves, key-patterened panels radiate

to cornice; original black marble chimney piece.

Flanking ground floor rooms (present dining room and bar)

again with central acanthus roundels and circular panels with

anthemion and palmette detailing to ceilings, moulded cornices

Simple side staircase with plain cast iron balustrade and

continuous polished wooden handrail; simple panelling with

moulded plaster dados; corniced ceiling to stair-well.

Statement of Special Interest

Former mansion of Mackenzies of Coul. In 1837 described as

handsome and commodious" and "surrounding grounds. tastefully

laid out, garden of ... superior style "An elegant mansion,

the seat of Sir George Mackenzie, Bart". (c. 1858). Precise

original Lay out difficult to ascertain without plan or

without documentation on 1860 alterations. South 2-storey,

3-bay service wing may be of 1860 date or slightly later;

appears on 1st edition OS of 1877.




OF SCOTLAND (circa 1858) p.299 N.M.R.S.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

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