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Milton of Buchanan, Milton Farm, Belltree House and the Stables

A Category B Listed Building in Forth and Endrick, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0803 / 56°4'49"N

Longitude: -4.4998 / 4°29'59"W

OS Eastings: 244531

OS Northings: 690316

OS Grid: NS445903

Mapcode National: GBR 0P.NWLW

Mapcode Global: WH3MZ.VFFM

Entry Name: Milton of Buchanan, Milton Farm, Belltree House and the Stables

Listing Date: 5 September 1973

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335285

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4079

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Buchanan

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Forth and Endrick

Parish: Buchanan

Traditional County: Stirlingshire

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Description

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Milton Farm and Belltree House is a late 18th century, U-plan 2-storey building with small single storey wings, built as part of the Buchanan Castle Estate of the Dukes of Montrose. It is currently subdivided into 2 dwellings; before division it was known as Milton Farm, but the unusual feature of two principal entrance elevations suggests a different original use, or perhaps a dual use; 19th century maps mark the building as an inn. It is located in a prominent position, slightly set back from the main road through the Milton of Buchanan. Directly to the rear is The Stables, a rectangular-plan 2-storey building converted to residential use. Milton Farm, Belltree House and The Stables are largely unaltered and of value for their streetscape presence.

The 3-bay S elevation, which overlooks the road, is symmetrical, with a projecting pedimented porch containing a round-headed doorway; the windows are treated distinctively with central mullions and the smaller 1st floor windows have horizontally siding sash and case windows. To the E this elevation is continued by a single bay, single storey addition, probably earlier 19th century in date.

The W elevation is almost identical to the S elevation, with the exception that the porch is no longer pedimented, the central 1st floor window is blind, and that the single storey extension partly adjoins the N gable and projects westwards. Although the W elevation is now largely hidden from the road by trees and bushes, it would have originally been clearly viewed by travellers along the road from the W, and this may explain why there are 2 entrance elevations.

The rear (N) elevation is blank except for a mullioned window to 1st floor in the recessed central section.

Interior:

Milton Farm is accessed by the S doorway; it occupies most of the S and E ranges, with the exception of the W ground floor room. There is a stone geometric stair, and several classical timber chimneypieces (2 of oversized proportions) and round-arched cast-iron grates remain to ground and 1st floors. 2 of the 1st floor rooms have timber-boarded ceilings.

Belltree House is accessed by the W doorway; the S-most ground floor room retains a round-arched cast-iron gate with a timber chimneypiece.

Materials:

Random rubble, mostly white-painted; harled to rear and part of side elevations; droved margins and quoins. Timber sash and case windows, mostly 12-pane glazing to ground floor, 18-pane glazing to 1st floor and Timber panelled doors. Piended roofs; graded slates. Corniced ridge stacks to W and E ranges, tall wallhead stack to rear; shouldered wallhead stack to W single storey wing; circular cans.

The Stables:

A substantial late 18th century harled farm building converted to residential use in the late 20th century. It is 2 storeys high, with a 6-bay front (S) elevation, with doorways to the 2nd and last bays from left. The N gable has a single storey lean-to addition with the roof reaching down from eaves level. To the rear (W), a later lean-to addition extends almost the full length of the elevation. 12 pane timber sash and case windows. Pitched, slated roof. Access to interior not gained during 2005 resurvey, but belived to be largely modernised.

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