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Home Farm, Finzean House

A Category B Listed Building in Birse, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.0292 / 57°1'45"N

Longitude: -2.6754 / 2°40'31"W

OS Eastings: 359102

OS Northings: 793328

OS Grid: NO591933

Mapcode National: GBR WW.C0ZP

Mapcode Global: WH7NR.WL65

Plus Code: 9C9V28HF+MV

Entry Name: Home Farm, Finzean House

Listing Name: Finzean Policies, Home Farm Steading

Listing Date: 30 March 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394499

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47111

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Birse

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Parish: Birse

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Later 18th century. 2-storey, 9-bay, courtyard-plan classical home farm and stables. Harled with finely finished granite margins. Base course; dividing band course; eaves course; strip quoins.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical; pedimented bay with round-arched pend to courtyard, flanked to left and right by round-arched niches at ground floor, and blind windows to 1st floor, oculus set in centre of pediment; regular fenestration to ground and 1st floors of 3 flanking bays to left and right; bays to outer left and right slightly advanced with eaves blocking course stepped-up to centre, 2-leaf sliding doors to broad openings with boarded round arched tympana.

E, N AND W ELEVATIONS: irregularly placed boarded timber doors; irregular boarded and infilled window openings.

COURTYARD ELEVATIONS: coursed granite rubble; infilled segmental-arched openings to W, remainder irregular boarded doorways, windows and infilled openings.

Predominantly 12-pane and 6-pane timber windows. Modern felt piended roof to S; lean-to corrugated roof to remainder. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: 1st floor removed to S block; remainder not seen 1999.

Statement of Interest

Finzean, meaning "the fair place" (3rd SA, p418) was originally an ecclesiastical parish within Birse Parish, but is now part of Birse. In 1609 the lands of Finzean were acquired by the Farquharson family (Joseph Farquharson, the famous 19th century Scottish painter was a descendant), who had previously been the proprietors of Tilygarmond, on the estate. The original mansion house (much of which was burnt down in 1954) was built in 1686. Despite the replacement of the roofs, the home farm is a grand classical structure, retaining much of its original detailing, described by Dinnie as "an excellent and large steading of offices" (p118), built by Archibald Farquharson.

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