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Assynt House

A Category B Listed Building in Alness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.672 / 57°40'19"N

Longitude: -4.3617 / 4°21'42"W

OS Eastings: 259240

OS Northings: 867133

OS Grid: NH592671

Mapcode National: GBR H8LF.YN8

Mapcode Global: WH3D9.ZF5F

Plus Code: 9C9QMJCQ+Q8

Entry Name: Assynt House

Listing Name: Assynt House

Listing Date: 25 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330612

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB368

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alness

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Cromarty Firth

Parish: Alness

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Late 18th/early 19th century 2-storey over raised basement
house, 3 bays with centre door; various later embellishments.
Further alterations in later 19th century when 3-storey,
single bay wings added to west gable, projecting at SW and NW
angles. All harled with ashlar dressings. Slightly advanced
centre bay (to earlier house) approached by flight steps
oversailing raised basement, with original cast-iron
balustrade with palmette detailing; projecting stairwell to
Circa 1840 dummy bartizans flank centre projecting bay at
wallhead; crenellated parapet with gable behind to front and
rear from same period. Later 19th century (after 1875) wings
(containing library and dining room) with oriel window in 1st
floor of south gable (similar oriel inserted in east gable)
and bipartites in west gable; large dummy angle bartizan;
crowstepped gables and crenellated parapets.
Mainly 12-pane glazing; band courses; rusticated quoins; twin
ridge stacks to older house, wallhead stacks to new wings;
slate roofs.
Interior: plaster cornices with palmette detailing in ground
floor of early house; later 19th century library and dining
room pine lined with original bookcases and chimney pieces.

Statement of Interest

Additional wings do not appear on earliest OS. Said to have

been dower house to Novar.

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