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Latitude: 56.3762 / 56°22'34"N
Longitude: -3.8443 / 3°50'39"W
OS Eastings: 286198
OS Northings: 721960
OS Grid: NN861219
Mapcode National: GBR 1H.26B3
Mapcode Global: WH4MW.XZKT
Plus Code: 9C8R95G4+F7
Entry Name: Merlin Cottage, Comrie Road, Crieff
Listing Name: Comrie Road and Gordon Road, Hawkshaw and Merlin Cottage Including Terrace Walls, Cart Arch and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 20 February 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395869
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48447
Building Class: Cultural
County: Perth and Kinross
Electoral Ward: Strathearn
Traditional County: Perthshire
Early 19th century. Single storey with attic and part-basement, 3-bay classical house. Harl with whitewashed rubble to sides, raised ashlar dressings and quoin strips. Eaves cornice. Corniced and pilastered doorpiece; keystoned Venetian windows. Stone mullions.
SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: steps with flanking inset ironwork railings lead to doorstep with simple inlaid compass cross, deep-set 2-leaf part-glazed timber door with decoratively-astragalled fanlight with classical motifs, small pilastered and ball-finialled bipartite dormer over; flanking bays each with decoratively-astragalled Venetian window and pedimented raised-centre tripartite dormer window with moulded and keystoned tympanum and timber finial.
SE ELEVATION: gabled elevation with decoratively-astragalled round-head window to right of centre, Merlin Cottage (see Notes) adjoining at outer right, and small segmental-headed basement door to outer left.
NW ELEVATION: gabled elevation with modern conservatory.
8- and 12-pane glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows (some now fixed); dormers with 4- over 2-pane and flanking 6-pane glazing patterns in timber windows. Grey slates. Coped harled stacks with thackstanes and cans. Ashlar-coped skews. Overhanging eaves and plain bargeboarding to dormers.
INTERIOR: decorative plasterwork cornicing; some 8-panelled doors with brass door furniture; panelled shutters and brass sash lifts. Timber-balustered staircase with carved outer-risers and square-section cavetto-coped newel posts.
MERLIN COTTAGE: formerly rear wing of Hawkshaw.
SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: bay to left with later porch and decoratively-panelled timber door with sunburst-astragalled fanlight; bay to right with projecting slate-roofed bipartite window giving way to tripartite dormer window as above.
NE ELEVATION: asymmetrically-fenestrated elevation with single storey piended and lean-to bays at ground.
TERRACE WALLS AND CART ARCH: flat-coped rubble terrace walls with centre steps flanked by stone lions. Harled cart arch with mutuled cornice, square-section piers with ball finials, decorative ironwork gates and flanking semicircular-coped lower walls.
BOUNDARY WALLS: flat-coped rubble boundary walls.
Originally one house which Wood's plan shows as the property of Mr Porteous. Hawkshaw Cottage (to the N) was the coach-house and the building opposite on Comrie Road was the gardener's cottage. On 8th September, 1890, Reverend I A L Campbell of Hawkshaw was granted permission to lay flagstones at the Coldwells at his own expense. During the 1930s and 40s, Hawkshaw was owned by Thomas McAinsh, timber merchant who owned a sawmill at Balgowan, and is known to have introduced (among other things) some garden statuary. The present owner (2001) thinks the staircase may have been imported at that period. Garden statuary includes a 1759 carved sundial (probably conglomerate) with gnomon and incised carving 'MENZIES OF BOHESPIC', a diminutive love-seat and 2 lions replaced in the late 20th century due to theft.
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