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This building is in the Moray Council and the Rathven Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 22/02/1972.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 5044 6723.


William Robertson, 1822 (possibly after a design by James

Playfair, 1788). Hilltop polished ashlar open rotunda built

above and supported by partially exposed circular basement

tearoom. Rotunda entablature supported by 8 Ionic columns

above which is leaded dome with corniced plaster ceiling and

decorative centre rose.

Bowed 3-bay front to tearoom flanked by curved screen walls;

centre round-headed doorway and similar flanking windows; gutted/circular chamber with remains of alternate apsed and

rectangular niches; no ceiling or rotunda floor survives.

Circular plinth (formerly standing in centre of rotunda and

supporting now lost statue of Pomona) stands in centre of

tearoom floor.


Tearoom gutted and monument stabilised 1977-8. Statue of Pomona (more probably of Fame) lost between 1939-45. James Playfair's temple unexecuted but drawings in Seafield papers.


Howard Colvin, BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1600-1840 (1987), p.644. John Gifford, 'ARCHITECTS OF THE HIGHLANDS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY - A SKETCH', The Scottish Georgian Society, BULLETIN no. 7 (1980), p.37. Scottish Record Office GD248/3340/28, 35, 54, 65; RHP2545-6.

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