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Embo House

A Category A Listed Building in Dornoch, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.9036 / 57°54'13"N

Longitude: -4.0115 / 4°0'41"W

OS Eastings: 280890

OS Northings: 892242

OS Grid: NH808922

Mapcode National: GBR J7GT.WSG

Mapcode Global: WH4DG.CL0V

Entry Name: Embo House

Listing Date: 18 March 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330984

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB608

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dornoch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Parish: Dornoch

Traditional County: Sutherland

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Description

Circa 1790. Symmetrical, classical range, centre block

of 3 storeys over raised basement, 5 bays, flanked by

2-storey, 3-bay dwellings, linked to main house by single

storey bays each with large round-headed window

with dummy fanlight and Gibbs

surround. All harled with yellow ashlar sandstone dressings.

Main house has pedimented centre bay with centre door

approached by flight of steps, round-headed key-stoned

2nd floor window and apex chimney. Chamfered ashlar

quoins to ground floor, with deep lintel course linking

ground floor windows; small windows at upper floor with

9-pane glazing; 12-pane elsewhere. Eaves band and deep

moulded eaves cornice; moulded sides to skews; ashlar

end stacks. Outer wings each have 3 long windows in south

elevation and 3 small in upper floor, glazed as in main

house. Similar margins, eaves band and plain skews;

margined end stacks. Slate roofs throughout.

Symmetrical fenestration to rear; modern single storey

extension to rear of centre block.

3 original lead rainwater heads and pipes survive, the heads being fluted and having egg and dart decorative

heads being fluted and having egg and dart decorative

detailing.

Interior; ornamental plaster ceiling in entrance hall;

simple decorative cornices in ground floor rooms.

Original wooden chimney pieces in ground floor rooms

flanking entrance hall, and in former drawing room in

east wing, all now with simple modern gates. Original

staircase with turned wooden balusters.

Large segmental headed fireplace in former kitchen

containing wall oven or aumbry; hearth now closed.

Statement of Interest

Built by Mr Robert Hume Gordon to entertain electors. It

incorporates fragments of earlier house, "an old building"

in 1769. Datestone of 1657 with initials SRDI and GL set

in wall of former kitchen wing.

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