Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 18612 74986
318612, 674986


George A Lyle, 1895, with later alterations and additions. Asymmetrical 2-storey and attic hotel (former villa) with barge-boarded dormers and pagoda tower. Squared and snecked stugged cream sandstone with pink ashlar dressings. Bracketed, barge-boarded eaves. Long and short quoins. Tabbed and chamfered surrounds to windows; kingposted gables and segmental-arched windows to attic floor.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: modern extension to outer left. Recessed, gabled bay to left; projecting tripartite window to ground with timber balcony above; hood-mould to tripartite window to 1st floor. 4-stage tower in 2nd bay from left with entrance to ground floor; modern glazed door in corniced, moulded surround; bracketed pentice roof to window at 1st stage; round-arched windows and stone-bracketed balcony with decorative iron railings to top stage. Recessed bay 2nd from right, extended to ground floor, with tripartite window and timber balcony above; timber dormer to attic. Gabled bay to outer right with quadripartite canted window to ground, bracketed to square at 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: modern extension to ground floor to right. 2 dormers to attic to right, that to left bipartite. Projecting gabled bay to centre with hoodmoulded window to 1st floor. Projecting single-storey 2-bay section to left with finialled polygonal slated corner tower; projecting gabled bay to right with bipartite window; modern porch in re-entrant angle.

E ELEVATION: modern extensions to right and to ground floor to left. 4-bay section to left with dormers to attic.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: ground floor concealed by later extensions. Roof-scape with bracketed gable and attic dormers still visible.

INTERIOR: much altered. Stained glass with vignettes to timber stair

Predominantly plate glass in timber sash and case windows. Corniced ridge stack. Grey slate roof with red tiles to corners and to tower; decorative terracotta ridge tiles and finials.

Statement of Special Interest

Listed as an important landmark on a prominent site at the entrance to the city. Although extended and altered internally, the core of the late 19th century villa remains.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 551.

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.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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