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15 and 15a Robert Street, Ellerslie House

A Category C Listed Building in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.9656 / 56°57'56"N

Longitude: -2.2115 / 2°12'41"W

OS Eastings: 387239

OS Northings: 786059

OS Grid: NO872860

Mapcode National: GBR XK.2JG5

Mapcode Global: WH9RN.056Y

Entry Name: 15 and 15a Robert Street, Ellerslie House

Listing Date: 23 March 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398250

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50266

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stonehaven

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Stonehaven

Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Description

Dated 1892, altered and extended. 2-storey, 5-bay, rectangular-plan, end terrace house (sub-divided) with keystoned and pedimented moulded doorpiece, tall round-arched stair window with decorative astragals and coloured glass, and some fine interior detail; on ground falling to S and E. Painted ashlar with ashlar margins, quoin strips and base course to W; ashlar with 1st floor cill course and eaves cornice to E.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: bay to right of centre with broad doorpiece incorporating deep-set vertically-panelled timber door and flanking lights giving way to stair window, regular fenestration to flanking bay with further door in penultimate bay to left and single window to each floor at outer left.

S ELEVATION: gabled elevation with windows to outer left and right at 1st floor.

E (REAR, FORMER ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: bay to left of centre with modern conservatory concealing fine doorpiece comprising channelled voussoirs and keystone to segmental-arched doorway with panelled timber door, pilastered jambs and coloured leaded glass to semicircular fanlight; single window to 1st floor. Flanking bays with full-height canted windows rising into slightly reduced canted dormer windows. Bays to right with channelled doorpiece at left and later single storey extension to right at ground, 2 windows at 1st floor and small semicircular-pedimented dormer window centred above.

4-pane and plate glass glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows, except to dormers and ground W; margined multi-pane glazing to stair window (see below). Grey slates with small rooflights. Coped ashlar ridge and gablehead stacks with polygonal cans. Ashlar-coped skews with block skewputts. Cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers and fixings to E.

INTERIOR: some fine detail retained, including decorative cornices and frieze, timber fire surrounds and panelled reveals. Segmental-arched screen door with coloured glass to W door, square-headed screen door with figurative coloured glass and encaustic-tiled hall floor to E door. Coloured glass to dated stair window with figuratively-detailed medallions.

Statement of Interest

Ellerslie is an unusual, interesting and well-detailed house which has undergone a number of changes but retains a fine presence particularly to its Robert Street front. It was purchased by a 'characterful' family from Glasgow as a summer residence, who added the two northernmost bays to accommodate a music room for entertainments. The next owner, Mr Mackenzie, ran a boarding house at Ellerslie, and sold this on to the Goodwin sisters. The Strachan family purchased the house in 1950 and subsequently installed the west (Robert Street) door, and carried out the conversion to two flats. At that time there were large fireplaces in every room, that to the dining room being of marble.

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