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Latitude: 56.0184 / 56°1'6"N
Longitude: -4.7699 / 4°46'11"W
OS Eastings: 227449
OS Northings: 684072
OS Grid: NS274840
Mapcode National: GBR 0C.SVV3
Mapcode Global: WH2LX.PZTL
Plus Code: 9C8Q269J+93
Entry Name: Garden House, Glenarn House, Glenarn Road, Rhu
Listing Name: Rhu Village, Glenarn Road, Glenarn House with Coach House, Garden House and Gatepiers
Listing Date: 18 March 1994
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 353877
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19510
Building Class: Cultural
County: Argyll and Bute
Electoral Ward: Lomond North
Traditional County: Dunbartonshire
Tagged with: Garden house
Circa 1830s. 2-storey, asymmetrical, gabled villa with Tudoresque details. Cream-painted harl with honey- coloured sandstone dressings and margins. Base course, quoin strips, hoodmoulds.
SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2-bay main block with service wing recessed to right and modern, lean-to glazed, wood and metal conservatory/studio against right return. 2-bay main block, broad gable to outer left with full- height, polished sandstone canted window with dentilled dividing cornice and saw tooth blocking course. Broad, moulded doorcase to right with hoodmould; 2-leaf door, half-glazed inner door. Window above, gable over. Kitchen block recessed to right, gabled with
hoodmoulds, modern door.
NW ELEVATION: 4 asymmetrical bays. Broad gable to outer right with shouldered tall flue and stack advanced at centre. Bipartite window immediately to left of chimney, pane to right blind. Gable to left with full-height canted bay at centre. Narrow bay to penultimate left, windows off-set to left, narrow window at ground, smaller window at 1st floor with hoodmould (horizontal pane windows). Slightly advanced broad outer left gable, broad door (modern aluminium) to right, window at right in gablehead.
Plate glass sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, timber eaves, finials. Tall, paired, apex stacks with tall moulded Tudorbethan cans, strapwork, lozenge and barley-sugar with castellated caps.
INTERIOR: not seen 1993.
COACH HOUSE: rectangular-plan coach house immediately to NE of house. Recently refurbished. Harled with polished sandstone dressings. Depressed coach-arch, 2-leaf boarded door, window above at gablehead. Grey slate roof, timber projecting eaves.
GARDEN HOUSE: circular-plan garden house to NE of house, rubble with harl pointing. Boarded woooden door with bipartite casement window; concical slate roof with lead finial, timber exposed rafters.
GATEPIERS: pair of ashlar piers with corniced, conical caps; simple cast-iron gate.
Glenarn House, listed category B for fine chimney cans, coach and garden houses all shown on the 1st edition map. Glenarn was built by the MacGeorge family in the 1830s. Sir William Hooker, professor of Botany at Glasgow University and a friend of the MacGeorge family was instrumental in the planting of the gardens. A late 19th century addition to the E of the house was demolished in the 1980s and the conservatory was built on the site. The garden house and coach house have recently been sympathetically refurbished. The gardens are open
to the public from March to June.
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