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Glenfinart House Walled Garden

A Category B Listed Building in Cowal, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0551 / 56°3'18"N

Longitude: -4.9118 / 4°54'42"W

OS Eastings: 218779

OS Northings: 688519

OS Grid: NS187885

Mapcode National: GBR 06.QDK4

Mapcode Global: WH2LV.J28D

Plus Code: 9C8Q334Q+27

Entry Name: Glenfinart House Walled Garden

Listing Name: Glenfinart House Walled Garden Including Well and Ancillary Buildings

Listing Date: 4 May 2006

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398445

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50431

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunoon and Kilmun

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Cowal

Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

The walled garden at Glenfinart is a good example of an early 19th century walled garden and an unusual shape, with a bowed E wall and a curved SW corner. It contributes to the remains of the estate of Glenfinart.

Glenfinart House was built c1837 on the site of a residence of the earls of Dunmore. The walled garden probably dates to this period. What survives of the garden is a large wall c3m high of rubble with flat sandstone capstones. There are 2 main entrances, to the W and to the S. The 1st edition OS map shows the main range of buildings on the N wall with greenhouses on the interior. However, none of the greenhouses survives and the brick buildings are ruinous. The shape of the walled garden is unusual ' the SW corner is curved as the river cuts off the corner. The E wall is a long, curved wall. Immediately to the N of the N wall is a water feature, with a roughly formed vault over a stream.

Statement of Interest

The New Statistical Account of c1845 refers to the 'extensive and beautiful plantations' of Archibald Douglas at Glenfinart (Vol 7, 586), which suggests that by then quite formal gardens had been established. On the 1st edition map a number of other structures are associated with the walled garden, including what appears to be a fernery or palm house to the W (now demolished).

The estate was purchased by the Leschallas family in 1895-6 and work was carried out to the house and surroundings. The OS map of c1898 shows more extensive greenhouses within the walled garden.

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