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Latitude: 56.9647 / 56°57'53"N
Longitude: -2.2134 / 2°12'48"W
OS Eastings: 387121
OS Northings: 785964
OS Grid: NO871859
Mapcode National: GBR XK.2Q07
Mapcode Global: WH9RM.Z65L
Entry Name: 23 Slug Road, Ashley Cottage, Including Boundary Walls and Gates
Listing Date: 23 March 2006
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 398251
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50267
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Stonehaven and Lower Deeside
Traditional County: Kincardineshire
Circa 1900; additions to rear. Single storey and attic, 3-bay cottage retaining unusually fine detail and interior, and paired with No 25 Slug Road. Heavily stugged Aberdeen bond ashlar with tooled ashlar dressings; coursed, squared rubble to sides and rear; harl and brick extensions. Base and eaves courses. Stone mullions and stop-chamfered arrises.
SW (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Centre bay with broad 9-panelled timber door, flanking pilasters, narrow outer lights and pilastered jambs, all under dentilled cornice and 3-part fanlight, small piended wallhead dormer window above. Flanking bays each with canted dormer window under reducing slate roof abutting base of smaller dormer with polygonal roof.
NW ELEVATION: broad gabled elevation with single window to left and right of centre.
UPVC sash and case effect glazing. Grey slates. Coped ashlar gablehead stacks with full-complement of polygonal cans. Ashlar-coped skews with mitre skewputts. Square-section, cast-iron downpipes with decorative rainwater hoppers and fixings.
INTERIOR: good decorative scheme in place incorporating fine moulded plasterwork cornices and ceiling roses; picture rails; panelled timber reveals and fire surrounds; architraved and panelled timber doors. Encaustic-tiled hall floor and screen door with patterned glass lead to stairhall with decorative plasterwork consoles, dog-leg staircase with decorative cast-iron balusters; principal ground floor rooms with paired round-arched alcoves and flanking fluted columns.
BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATES: low coped harled boundary walls with ironwork gate.
This unusually intact, well-detailed cottage is grouped with No 25 Slug Road. They are situated close to the southern end of Slug Road, the main route into the town centre from Banchory. Addressed as Ashley House in the 1923 Valuation Roll, with the owner listed as Thomas Basil Mitchell MB, CLB. Thomas Mitchell's sister lived next door at Rowandale, No 25.
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