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101 Main Street, the Crags Hotel

A Category C Listed Building in Callander, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2432 / 56°14'35"N

Longitude: -4.212 / 4°12'43"W

OS Eastings: 263018

OS Northings: 707829

OS Grid: NN630078

Mapcode National: GBR 11.BMQ7

Mapcode Global: WH4NH.8BKR

Entry Name: 101 Main Street, the Crags Hotel

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398385

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50390

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Callander

County: Stirling

Town: Callander

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Built in the later 19th century this 2-storey and attic, 3-bay house built in the 'Baronial' style stands out prominently along the E end of the Main Street. Recognised as a good example of one of only a few Baronial style buildings in Callander.

All openings to the principal SW elevation are segmenatlly headed with a continuous string course decoratively articulated around the lintels of the ground floor. A corbelled out section above the bipartite ground floor window supports a tripartite oriel window at the 1st floor giving light to the former 1st floor drawing room. An armorial panel is set above the door at the 1st floor. Narrow windows are set to the angle of the outer right corner; curved at the ground floor, stop chamfered at the 1st floor.

The building is interestingly articulated at its attic level. The prominent crow stepped gable with ball finial is designed with a corbelled table to its upper section resting on the eye-brow shaped cornice above the attic window. The corresponding breaking eaves dormer window to the right has a decorated dormer head with diamante rustication.

To the rear NE is a rectangular-plan simple 3-bay 2-storey wing which pre-dates the Baronial block. The 1st edition Ordnance Survey map shows that it was originally separated by a close from a building occupying the site of the Baronial block. This rear NE block appears to have been retained and integrated as a service wing at the time of the rebuilding scheme in the later 19th century. Various modern single storey flat-roofed extensions radiate out to the rear offering further bedroom accommodation.

Interior

Having been converted to a bed and breakfast in the 20th century much of the interior has been re-arranged.

Materials

Baronial block; bullfaced, coursed 'pudding stone' (weathered in sections, 2004) to principal elevation, blonde sandstone dressings. Predominantly timber sash and case plate glass windows. Pitched grey slate roof. Crow stepped SE gable with skewputts. Dressed gable apex stacks; stop chamfered with moulded caps, circular cans.

Rear wing; random rubble 'pudding stone', various glazing, pitched grey slate roof.

Statement of Interest

The house is reputed to have been built by a Callander merchant for his mistress. Of interest are a couple of protruding blocks to the left of the principal elevation which might indicate that a larger scheme was initially planned.

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