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Holylee Lodge, Holylee House

A Category C Listed Building in Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.627 / 55°37'37"N

Longitude: -2.9694 / 2°58'9"W

OS Eastings: 339058

OS Northings: 637478

OS Grid: NT390374

Mapcode National: GBR 73PC.YP

Mapcode Global: WH7WD.CT7L

Plus Code: 9C7VJ2GJ+R7

Entry Name: Holylee Lodge, Holylee House

Listing Name: Holylee, Lodge

Listing Date: 10 March 2003

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396679

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49124

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Innerleithen

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale East

Parish: Innerleithen

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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Possibly Robert Mathison (see notes), later 19th century for the Ballantyne family. Single storey, 3-bay, L-plan picturesque lodge with barge-boarded bracketed eaves and later flat-roofed rear addition. Coursed whinstone rubble from local quarries with polished dressings and rusticated vermiculated quoins. Shouldered segmental-arched windows with chamfered arrises and slightly projecting margins.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: to centre, open timber porch comprising projecting pitched canopy, gabled end with decorative braced brackets, timber in-fill and wrought-iron apex finial; supported by heavy turned timber posts with diamond-patterned timber rails and plain timber support posts to rear; doorway with slightly projecting polished margins and panelled timber entrance door. To flanks, bipartite segmental-arched windows with chamfered arrises and polished margins.

W ELEVATION: slightly projecting gable to right with pair of tabbed windows and blind gablehead with plain barge boards. To left and centre, single storey range with bipartite window to left and single window to right, all with tabbed dressings.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: blind gable end with later corrugated-iron and timber lean-to adjoining.

E ELEVATION: gabled end of lodge to left with later flat-roofed harled extension recessed in re-entrant angle; various corrugated-iron and timber lean-tos adjoining to right and concealing original rear wall of W elevation.

Plate glass glazing in segmental-arched timber sash and case windows; modern glazing to later extension. Pitched slate roof with overhanging eaves, exposed shaped rafters and plain bargeboards; lead ridging, flashing and valleys. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods. Short square ashlar stacks (v-jointed with rock-faced rustication) to outer ridges of main elevation and rear ridge, projecting neck copes with fairly plain cans.

Statement of Interest

Sited on an attractive hillside overlooking the Tweed, the house is found on the west bank of Holylee Burn with Old Holylee on the east bank. Holylee was built for James Ballantyne of Old Holylee (listed separately) following his marriage to Anne Henderson in 1821. Originally the family lived in Old Holylee house but James and his wife moved here. As 'laird', James was responsible for much of the new estate layout including the policies and woods, which surround the house. The drive has been in its present form since the house was built. It followed the right bank of Holylee Burn up to the farmhouse and branched left near the walled garden and led to the main house. Robert Mathison, a local builder, may have built this lodge. It shares stylistic similarities with many of his buildings in the area. The decorated quoins are also a feature of his (former) Craigside U.P. Church in Innerleithen and they can be seen on many houses in Walkerburn. The lodge is also similar to those at Cardrona and Kailzie, as well as some estate buildings at The Glen. They are all similarly dated. This lodge was built adjacent to the main road, now the A72. Until then, the drive was open. A new drive was built to the east to lead directly to the farm and Old Holylee. Listed as a good example of a 19th century lodge with retained features (including decorated quoins, arched sash and case windows, projecting eaves and open porch).

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