ALTYRE, BLAIRS HOME FARM WITH TOWER COTTAGES, POND COTTAGE AND CLUBHOUSE (Ref:17429)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 14/10/1976.
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Possibly Archibald Simpson, circa 1834 with some late 19th century alterations and additions, probably W L Carruthers. Picturesque Italianate group of detached farm steading buildings forming churchyard with Club House range sited at W at slightly lower level. All harled with considerable use of contrasting polished and tooled ashlar dressings and margins. TOWER COTTAGES: pair 2-storey, 2-bay cottages: round-headed entrances in outer bay of E front with round-headed ground floor fenestration in E and W elevation. Some lattice-pane glazing survives, though mainly replaced by 2- and 4-pane sashes. Off-centre ridge stack; piended slate roof. TOWER: cottages abut S elevation of commanding Italianate 4-stage tower, lit by narrow round-headed bipartite lights in all faces of 1st stage and by paired round-headed windows in 2nd stage. Heavily corbelled ashlar 3rd stage with shallow piended slate roof with apex ball finial (corbelled 3rd stage may be later addition). Extensive rectangular 2-storey storage range with continuous blind arcading to upper storey abuts W face of tower and extends N; piended slate roof. CART SHED AND GRANARY: tall 2-storey Italianate range; 6 high round-headed cart bays in W elevation; N gable covered stair to loft; loft and stairwell lit by round-headed lights; bellcote at S gable apex. POND COTTAGE: simple single storey, 3-bay S facing cottage with centre door flanked by enlarged windows. End stacks; slate roof. Modern extension at rear. EAST RANGE: extensive single storey and single storey and loft range closes E side of square; blocked centre round-headed entrance under 2-storey stumpy tower with exaggerated ashlar detailing; cottage and farm office accommodation extends N and S, terminating at S in irregular 2-storey block, the end portion of which has single pitch roof, lunette gable lights and stylistically re-calls the lectern dovecot. NORTH RANGE: long much altered single storey and loft range with continuous low arcaded frontage to N elevation. Slate roof. CLUB ROOM AND ASSOCIATED CART-BAYS: 2-storey, 3-bay range built against W facing slope, with 1st floor entrance at E reached by wooden flight of steps. Cenre bay slightly advanced and rising above flanking wings; lattice-pane glazing. Range of 4 tall arcaded cart bays set back at S gable. Piended slate roofs.
Modern cattle shelter in centre of square not included in
listing. Most unusual complex of outstanding interest.
Change of Category B to A 25.4.89.
National Library of Scotland, Altyre Papers.
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