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Dundonald, Dankeith Farm

A Category C Listed Building in Kyle, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5721 / 55°34'19"N

Longitude: -4.5662 / 4°33'58"W

OS Eastings: 238300

OS Northings: 633924

OS Grid: NS383339

Mapcode National: GBR 3D.Q113

Mapcode Global: WH3QG.T6TQ

Entry Name: Dundonald, Dankeith Farm

Listing Date: 9 August 2010

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 400485

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51582

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Symington (S Ayrshire)

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Kyle

Parish: Symington (S Ayrshire)

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Early 19th century. Single-storey, near symmetrical, classical courtyard-plan steading, incorporating farmhouse and with distinctive tall, gabled entrance clock tower with pend. Rubble with smooth margins. Eaves band. Some gabled hayloft dormers break eaves with timber boarded doors. Square-plan ridge roof ventilators with louvred openings and bell-cast pyramidal roofs, surmounted by weather vanes. Some regular, small, upper level window openings. Some large, sliding timber boarded doors. Some window openings bricked-up.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: entrance elevation to S: symmetrical. 7-bays; advanced outer bays with window openings set in segmental-arched niches. Central segmental-arched pend with impost course: double-height gabled clock tower above.

Farmhouse incorporated into N side of courtyard with advanced gabled bay to left and with diagonal porch with timber entrance door in re-entrant angle. Tri-and bi-partite windows with stone mullions.

INTERIOR: (partially seen, 2009). Former stables with timber boarding to walls and trussed ceiling. Former dairy with white tiled walls and slate shelf. Other areas used as stores.

Variety of window types, including 2-over 4-pane sash and case windows and plate glass over 2-pane sash and case windows. Some 3-pane metal windows with top hopper openings. Grey slates. Some raised skews and shouldered skewputts. Ridge, coped stacks.

Statement of Interest

Dankeith Farm is a good example of an early 19th century steading complex. Constructed in a typical courtyard plan form it incorporates a farmhouse and had stabling and a dairy. It remains largely externally unaltered and was carefully designed in a classical style with its symmetrical principal elevation, eaves band and advanced end bays with segmental arched niches. The tall gabled entrance pend with its clock face is a distinctive feature as are the decorative ridge ventilators. The provision of ventilation as an aid to animal health was an increasing design feature of the period.

The steading incorporates a stable on one side of the courtyard which retains its timber walls and ceiling.

Dankeith Farm was previously part of the Dankeith Estate and it is associated with Dankeith House which is situated a short distance to the south west. Dankeith House was begun in the late 18th century, and was extended over a number of periods in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Plans by Allan Stevenson, 1882, for the additions and alterations to the stables at Dankeith House are in the Ayrshire Archives.

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