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Latitude: 55.4467 / 55°26'48"N
Longitude: -4.6406 / 4°38'26"W
OS Eastings: 233078
OS Northings: 620153
OS Grid: NS330201
Mapcode National: GBR 39.YVH0
Mapcode Global: WH2PW.PCCB
Entry Name: 18 and 20 Doonfoot Road, Nightingale House Including Gatepiers and Boundary Wall
Listing Date: 10 January 1980
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 356913
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21567
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Ayr West
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Circa 1820, with later 19th century alterations. Single storey and single storey with attic, asymmetrical-plan with courtyard, former kitchens. Rubble and squared sandstone; ashlar dressings.
SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 12-bay (main block), grouped 3-3-3-3. Elliptical-arched entrance to central bay in penultimate section to right; single window at attic; bay breaks eaves to form pediment; infilled semi-circular moulding to tympanum; flanking single windows at ground and attic floors (attic windows break eaves to form gableheads). 3 single openings (central opening infilled) to single storey section to right. Gabled central porch to 3-bay penultimate section to left; timber door; narrow letterbox fanlight; roundel above to gablehead; single windows to re-entrant angles; single windows flanking at ground and attic floors (attic windows break eaves to form gableheads). Single storey section to outer left comprises 2-leaf doors to outer left; central narrow single window to cat-slide roof section (timber door to re-entrant angle); single window to right. Additional later section to outer right comprises 2 single windows to recessed section adjoining main block; gatepiers marking inner entrance; 3 modern windows to right.
COURTYARD: SE elevation: elliptical-ached central entrance, single window aligned above at attic (breaking eaves to form gable); 2 entrances at ground to left (window to right of inner door), single window above at attic; 2 single windows at ground floor to right, 3 single windows at 1st floor at attic. SW elevation: 2 entrances to outer left and right; 2 single windows and 2-light central window between. NW elevation: 2 double entrances and one single entrance to right; single window to outer right; 4 single windows to left. NE elevation: glazed timber doors, sidelights and 4-light fanlight in arch, to covered yard (see below) single window to right; single window and 2-light window to left.
COVERED YARD: NW elevation: 3 single entrances. SW elevation: glazed timber doors, sidelights and 4-light fanlight in arch. NW elevation: central entrance with fanlight; 2 single windows to left, 2-light window to right. SW (exposed): entrance to left with fanlight and sidelight to right; narrow slit window to centre; single window and infilled entrance to right.
Predominantly plate glass, 6-, 8-, 12- and 15-pane timber sash and case windows. Slate roof; stone skews; abbreviated stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: not seen 1999.
GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALL: square-plan gatepiers to central vehicular entrance (additional pedestrian entrance) and flanking vehicular entrances to outer left and right; coped boundary wall encloses site.
B-Group with former Seafield Hospital and Lodge (see separate listings). RA Bryden's house of 1888-1892 for Sir William Arrol replaced an earlier house, of which Nightingale House is the only surviving remnant of this earlier estate. Marked as Central Kitchen with adjacent Market Garden (now demolished) on 1961 Ordnance Survey map.
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