Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - SEE NOTES
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 21387 67825
321387, 667825


W wing circa 1845, S wing circa 1885, converted to dwelling house 1972-82. 2-storey, L-plan former stable block and coach house. Composed of interconnecting blocks of different hights as follows: M-gable (circa 1880) to S elevation, right-hand gable extending back to courtyard, left-hand gable intersecting with E-W orientated block (circa 1845) at centre of W elevation, and continued to N in slightly lower outshot. Single-storey piend-roofed section to east of S range. Crowstepped gables; decorative cartouche frame around central oculus window to W (see Notes). Roughly coursed squared sandstone with droved ashlar quoins and window dressings. Irregular fenestration.

S ELEVATION: circa 1880; large M-gable; timber panelled door to centre; irregular fenestration with various sized windows. Slightly later single-storey piend-roofed block to outer right with timber boarded door and single window.

W ELEVATION: 3 sections; original building at centre and left. Gable to centre, with gablehead stack and cartouche frame decorated with scrolled acanthus and shells around oculus at gable apex; slightly recessed 2-storey section to right with single window at ground and shouldered stack at wallhead; single-storey section to left with single window and timber panelled loft door at gablehead to left (N) return.

N ELEVATION AND COURTYARD: gable to centre; twentieth century windows and stone work at ground, replacing original coach-entrance. Piend-roofed section to left with window and timber boarded door. Advanced section to right of central gable with twentieth century timber panelled door and porch to N; gabled to left (E) return with windows at both floors and gablehead stack. Single-storey block to outer right, forming arm of L; pair of 2-leaf timber boarded coach-house doors with strap hinges between slim central pier to E elevation.

Predominantly 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows; 4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows to W elevation. Coped stacks; 1 surviving red clay can. Graded grey slate.

GARDEN STATUARY: several pieces of decorative stone work, including a large urn stand in the garden (see Notes).

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with Bonaly Tower and Lord Cockburn's Bath. This building stands in the grounds of Bonaly Tower, which was the home of Lord Cockburn between 1811 and his death in 1854. The earlier part of the stable block, which is shown on the 1855 OS map, was therefore almost certainly built for Lord Cockburn. The decorative cartouche frame around the oculus window corroborates this idea, as Lord Cockburn was a keen collector of ornamental masonry, and many other pieces of decorative stonework are to be found in the grounds of Bonaly Tower. In about 1882 John Watherston, an Edinburgh builder, produced plans for an extension to the stables. The building, as it now stands, is significantly different from Watherston's proposals, but the South wing must have been built at about this time, as it appears on the 1894 OS map. The upper storey of the extension provided accommodation for the gardener and his family. The 1946 Dean of Guild plans, which are by the same firm of architects that converted Bonaly Tower into flats, show a proposal to extend the building and turn it into 2 cottages for agricultural workers. These plans do not seem to have been carried out, and in 1972 the house was purchased in a semi-derelict condition by a builder, who carried out renovations between 1972 and 1982.



Plans from John Watherston Collection at NMRS circa 1882 (see Notes). Appears on 1855 and 1894 OS maps. Dean of Guild plans, 3 May 1946.

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