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Robert Street, Clashfarquhar Including Terraced Garden and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.9661 / 56°57'57"N

Longitude: -2.2113 / 2°12'40"W

OS Eastings: 387247

OS Northings: 786115

OS Grid: NO872861

Mapcode National: GBR XK.2JH2

Mapcode Global: WH9RN.058K

Entry Name: Robert Street, Clashfarquhar Including Terraced Garden and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 23 March 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398249

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50265

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stonehaven

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Stonehaven

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Description

A Marshall Mackenzie, 1903, altered and converted 1970. 3-storey with attic and basement, 3-bay, rectangular-plan hotel converted to Church of Scotland Eventide Home, with half-timbered gables on elevated site dominating the whole of Stonehaven. Squared dressed rubble and harl. Jettied 2nd floor at E and W. Stone mullions.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Centre bay at ground with modern glass canopy over door and adjacent window, 3 windows to each floor above and 2 windows to each floor of flanking bays except to attic with 5-light canted oriel windows; all attic openings abutting half-timbering in gablehead.

E (GARDEN) ELEVATION: 3 gabled bays incorporating broad canted windows to raised basement and ground floor of outer bays, modern conservatory at centre of raised basement and regular fenestration elsewhere; outer bays at attic with 4-light canted oriels.

N ELEVATION: 1970 elevator shaft at centre with gablehead behind and flanking dominant wallhead stacks.

4-pane and plate glass glazing patterns in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Squared rubble stacks with cans. Deeply overhanging eaves with plain bargeboards.

INTERIOR: some original detailing retained, including moulded plasterwork cornices and panelled doors. Dog-leg staircase with barley twist balusters and ball-finialled square newels. Carved timber fire surround and Red brick Claygate fireplace.

TERRACED GARDEN AND BOUNDARY WALLS: terraced garden on ground falling steeply to E with low ashlar-coped rubble boundary walls at Ann Street. Flat-coped rubble boundary walls elsewhere.

Statement of Interest

Built by a group of local businessmen as the forty bedroom Bay Hotel, this building occupies an unequalled site overlooking Stonehaven Bay and can be seen from almost any viewpoint in the area. It was described, soon after opening, as one of the outstanding hotels of the new century by virtue of its 'commanding situation overlooking the Bay '. its reputation founded on courtesy and a service that embraces a liberal table and well stocked wine cellar'. James Gray Nicol, breeder of black cattle, purchased the hotel and gave it to the Church of Scotland in 1968 with an endowment for its conversion.

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