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The Hermitage, Baird Street, Stonehaven

A Category B Listed Building in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 56.9684 / 56°58'6"N

Longitude: -2.2119 / 2°12'42"W

OS Eastings: 387214

OS Northings: 786376

OS Grid: NO872863

Mapcode National: GBR XK.2BBX

Mapcode Global: WH9RM.Z3WR

Plus Code: 9C8VXQ9Q+96

Entry Name: The Hermitage, Baird Street, Stonehaven

Listing Name: Baird Street,the Hermitage Including Summerhouse, Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 25 November 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 387850

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41555

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stonehaven

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Stonehaven

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Circa 1903. Interesting Free-style Edwardian villa, with mock half-timbering, stylised Gibbsean doorpiece, timber verandah and balcony, and V-section oriel windows on timber brackets. 2-storey and attic, stepped asymmetrical plan. Harled and painted with contrasting ashlar dressings. Deep rock-faced rubble base course. Long and short quoins. Keystoned and voussoired Venetian window. Stone mullions.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: recessed gable to left of centre with doorpiece set diagonally in SW re-entrant angle, comprising doorpiece with 2-leaf part-glazed timber doors with vertically-boarded lower panels and decoratively-glazed oval upper panels and flat-roofed, decoratively-glazed, canted window above; single windows to outer left at ground and 1st floors, and 4-light V-section oriel window to centre of gablehead above. 3-bay advanced gable at right with tall bipartite window to left at ground and small broad tripartite above.

W ELEVATION: timber verandah at ground comprising 4-light bow-window within at right and 6-light near rectangular-plan window with V-section centre lights, advanced in bay at outer left. 1st floor with full-width timber balcony incorporating decoratively-turned balusters, irregular fenestration within under swept slated roof, and Venetian window at outer left.

E ELEVATION: variety of elements to gabled 5-bay elevation including V-section windows to gableheads.

INTERIOR: not seen 2005. Almost complete, including high quality panelling and beamed ceilings.

Variety of small-paned timber sash and case, and casement windows. Grey slates with terracotta ridge. Coped, whitewashed stacks with cans. Plain timber bargeboarding with exposed rafter ends.

SUMMERHOUSE: not seen 2005. Timber summerhouse with door and 3 windows.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: semicircular-coped rubble boundary walls with ball-finialled square-section ashlar gatepiers.

Statement of Interest

The interest of this finely-detailed period design villa is enhanced by the unusual appearance of mock half-timbering, a rarity in Stonehaven. It is set within fine elevated grounds high above the Cowie Water. The Hermitage was built for David Greig and the Misses Elizabeth and Jane Greig. Greig the baker (a bachelor) was Provost from 1913-21. The house was known locally as 'Scone Palace' owing to the nature of the family business.

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