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Carberry Road, Sweethope Hotel with Retaining Wall and Gateway

A Category B Listed Building in Inveresk, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9256 / 55°55'32"N

Longitude: -3.0349 / 3°2'5"W

OS Eastings: 335426

OS Northings: 670766

OS Grid: NT354707

Mapcode National: GBR 2G.ZN3W

Mapcode Global: WH7V0.CB16

Entry Name: Carberry Road, Sweethope Hotel with Retaining Wall and Gateway

Listing Date: 27 November 1990

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 343375

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB10868

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inveresk

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Parish: Inveresk

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Mid to later 19th century, incorporating earlier fabric. 2-storey and attic house (now hotel, with regrettable modern additions) comprised of taller block to N, recessed block to S (with earlier fabric), and 4-

stage Italianate entrance tower in re-entrant angle.

Rubble sandstone to original buildings, grey sandstone, droved, to mid to later 19th century work; chamfered reveals, base and band courses.


TOWER: keystoned round arched doorway to S return, semi-circular plate glass fanlight and 2-leaf panelled doors; keystoned bipartite window to W. Tripartite to W at 1st floor, bipartite above door. 3rd stage divided by cornice, breaking eaves, and with 2 semi-circular windows to S and W elevations. 4th stage corbelled, with 2 regular windows to each elevation and deeply overhanging eaves to shallowly pitched piended roof. Decorative metal weathervane.

Advanced, wide, gabled bay to left with canted window at ground and 1st floor (rounded angles to windows), ground arched attic window. 2 recessed, lower bays flanking tower to right (former house), with round arched, keystoned window to each floor to left bay, canted window (detailed as above) in gabled bay to outer right, with attic window (again as above).

Modern conservatory addition to S, linking to former service wing to SE, adapted with further sunroom. Further uncomfortable additions to N elevation and rear.

Plate glass glazing pattern to sash and case windows. Timber eaves brackets. Decorative cast-iron finials. Grey slates. Corniced end stacks.

INTERIOR: interior largely given modern refurbishment; decorative plaster cornices retained.

RETAINING WALL AND GATEWAY: semi-circular coping to sandstone rubble walls, with quadrants to drive, square piers, 2 bearing lantern-lamps. Fine classical, corniced pedestrian gateway, dating from earlier house, sited by roadside, with rusticated ashlar surround and blocking

course with blank tablet; "Sweethope" incised above lintel; decorative cast- and wrought-iron gate.

Statement of Interest

Sweethope formerly served as a market garden of some note. The estate covered 144 acres, with 100 employees, and was run by the Scarlett family; it was still operating as a market garden in the 1950s. The former lodges to N and S are not included in the current listings.

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