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Grotto, Woodlands

A Category B Listed Building in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1553 / 56°9'19"N

Longitude: -4.8918 / 4°53'30"W

OS Eastings: 220493

OS Northings: 699615

OS Grid: NS204996

Mapcode National: GBR 06.J524

Mapcode Global: WH2L8.TKS3

Plus Code: 9C8Q5445+47

Entry Name: Grotto, Woodlands

Listing Name: Lochgoilhead, Inverlounin Road, Woodlands, Including Boatshed and Grotto, Pedestrian Gates and Gateposts

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398340

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50355

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Lochgoilhead and Kilmorich

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Parish: Lochgoilhead And Kilmorich

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Woodlands is a mid to later 19th century 2-storey, 3-bay villa with an unusual 1st storey cast-iron balcony, and well detailed bracketed eaves. It occupies an elevated site in an isolated position overlooking Loch Goil. The balcony and eaves details which are of particular interest.


Woodlands has the rectangular plan with small rear outshot that is typical of the villas of Lochgoilhead. The single storey lean-to addition to the north-east elevation is a 20th century addition. The first floor balcony is constructed of cast-iron panels with decorative spandrels, all of which is supported on simple timber posts. Access to the balcony is gained by French doors to all three openings, which also have external louvered shutters. The roof is piended with overhanging eaves; these have brackets which, in contrast to the simple sparred eaves of the majority of 19th century houses in Lochgoilhead, are shaped and finished with rounded pendants.


Harled with painted narrow ashlar margins and quoins. Timber sash and case windows (excluding the 20th century extension) with horizontal 10-pane glazing; single-pane lower sashes to ground floor windows of front elevation. Piended roof; graded slates. Coped gable-head stacks with mainly octagonal cans. Predominantly cast-iron rainwater goods.


Situated to the rear of the house, on a steep rise of garden ground, is a small grotto-like store, with a rubbly, partially rendered front wall with an erratically castellated parapet. It has a lean-to roof, currently formed of corrugated plastic. Maps show that this structure was in place by the 1870s.

To the left of the entrance gates is a small, simple, rubble built and lime-washed boathouse; the roof is corrugated iron on one pitch and slated in diminishing courses on the other pitch. This boathouse was also present by the 1870s.


At the foot of the drive, there is a pair of square-plan gateposts with segmental caps, and wrought iron pedestrian gates.

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