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Walled Garden, Raasay House, Raasay

A Category A Listed Building in Portree, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.354 / 57°21'14"N

Longitude: -6.079 / 6°4'44"W

OS Eastings: 154744

OS Northings: 836635

OS Grid: NG547366

Mapcode National: GBR C9C8.Y27

Mapcode Global: WGZ8H.LFF6

Plus Code: 9C9M9W3C+H9

Entry Name: Walled Garden, Raasay House, Raasay

Listing Name: Raasay House

Listing Date: 5 October 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 347158

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB13932

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Portree

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Parish: Portree

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Description

Mid 18th century core, earlier 19th century 7 bay frontage with outer and rear wings of later 19th century date, including additions and alterations, Alexander Ross, 1876/77. Raasay freestone ashlar, polished ashlar dressings. 2 storeys. Centre 7 bays have outer and centre bays advanced with (later) gables. All windows architraved, corniced and

dropped at ground floor; tripartite to centre, 1st floor (now partially blocked with modern square bay window). Later projecting square porch with round headed side entrances, paired engaged columns, stone balustrade with cast-iron railings. Outer alter gabled bays (Nos 1 and 9) with 2 storey canted bay windows; 12-pane glazing survives in older

portion, 1st floor; 2 and 4-pane sashes elsewhere. Further gabled 2 storey, 2 bay wing dated 1877 set back to east. Harled and gabled irregular rear; corniced end and ridge stacks; slate roof.

Interior; much deteriorated; some good panelled doors and doorpieces still in situ; some fireplaces (marble in entrance hall), overmantels, pelmets and enriched plaster ceilings. Large walled garden to rear.

Small landing jetty close to house flanked by mound encircled with low crenellated wall and spearhead cast-iron railings. Walls flanked by two large stone recumbent mermaid figures.

Statement of Interest

House visited by Dr Johnson and Boswell in 1773. An exceptional house with significant history and evolution, prominently sited in key location in designed landscape and policies. Upgraded to Category A 14 August 2001.

A for Group with Gardner's Cottage.

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