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A Category C Listed Building in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0616 / 57°3'41"N

Longitude: -2.8408 / 2°50'26"W

OS Eastings: 349105

OS Northings: 797044

OS Grid: NO491970

Mapcode National: GBR WP.90QR

Mapcode Global: WH7NH.BRHV

Plus Code: 9C9V3565+JM

Entry Name: Greystone

Listing Name: Glen Tanar Estate, Greystone, Including Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394479

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47088

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200394479

Location: Aboyne and Glen Tanar

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Aboyne And Glen Tanar

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

Tagged with: Architectural structure

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Probably George Truefitt, late 19th century. Single storey and attic, 3-bay, square-plan cottage. Coursed, granite with ladder snecking; rough-faced dressings, finely finished to margins. Sloping cills; bipartite windows; overhanging eaves.

SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: near-symmetrical; single window to centre of ground floor, flanked by blank bay to left; shingled bay to right recessed under pitch, supported on two rustic timber columns with granite column to outer angle, glazed panelled timber door flanked to right by 4-pane window. V-plan, slate hung dormer breaking pitch to attic floor.

NE ELEVATION: asymmetrical; small window to centre, window to flanking bay to right; shingled bay to left with small-pane window.

NW ELEVATION: not seen 1998.

SW ELEVATION: symmetrical; 2 windows to centre.

Predominantly 2-pane timber casement windows. Piended grey slate roof with fishscale banding to SE and lead ridges. Rough-faced, coped granite ridge stack with circular cans. Cast-iron and PVCu rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

BOUNDARY WALLS: battered granite rubble walls with rubble coping.

Statement of Interest

The Glen Tanar Estate was originally a deer forest which was part of the Aboyne Castle Estate. In 1869 Sir William Cunliffe Brooks, a Manchester banker and MP, bought the estate from the 10th Marquis of Huntly. He employed Thomas Mawson to layout the garden and estate, George Truefitt as architect, and 250 masons to construct the buildings, built of granite quarried locally. Truefitt designed a variety of quirky, originally detailed buildings ranging from the wildly detailed rogue gothic house to tiny cottages of which this is probably one. Graystone is the most unusual of the cottages and farms on the main drive to Glentanar House from the Tower of Ess (see separate listing).

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