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Balnacraig House, Steading

A Category C Listed Building in Banchory and Mid Deeside, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.073 / 57°4'22"N

Longitude: -2.6926 / 2°41'33"W

OS Eastings: 358104

OS Northings: 798212

OS Grid: NO581982

Mapcode National: GBR WV.8H5P

Mapcode Global: WH7NK.MH03

Entry Name: Balnacraig House, Steading

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394463

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47079

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aboyne and Glen Tanar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Dated 1735. Single storey, near-U-plan steading with modern infill. Coursed partially harled granite rubble. Infilled cart-arches to N elevation. Timber windows, corrugated-iron and timber doors. Corrugated-asbestos and grey slate roofs, pitch altered, with tiled ridges and 2-pane skylights; stone skews rising to spherical stone finials. Stone bellcote to E block. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Interior: not seen 1998.

Statement of Interest

Balnacraig is described by Dinnie as "one of the most beautiful situations on Deeside". The oldest part of the present house, i.e. the central block, was built either by the Chalmers family or the Davidson family in the 17th century. In 1720-30 the Innes family bought the estate and built the 2 wings onto the house, at this time it seems likely that the steading was also built. Although the appearance of the steading is quite altered by the modern infill, surviving details, such as the bellcote, cart-arches (now blocked) and the high quality N and S ranges suggest it was originally a fine building. The lands of Balnacraig were united with the lands of Ballogie in 1852 and remain as such today.

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