DUNPHAIL HOUSE (Ref:2171)
This building is in the Moray Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 26/01/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NJ 010 478.
Dated 1828 and 1871. William Playfair, 1828-9 mansion, enlarged 1833 and 1842; alterations 1871, re-modelled Ronald Phillips and Partners, 1964-6. Irregular picturesque Italianate 2-storey house of differing roof heights with long elevations N and S, and 3-stage tower at W gable with shallow pyramidal roof. Pinned rubble, polished and tooled ashlar sandstone dressings. N ENTRANCE FRONT: 5-bay block at W of range fronted by wide single storey advanced porch with engaged Roman Doric columns, balustrade and recessed segmental-headed entrance sheltering glazed doors under radial fanlight. Further 4-bay range extends from E gable (datestone of 1871) with centre shallow porch blocked as window. Further extensive walled service court to S closed by 2-storey service dwelling with shallow pyramidal roof (1842). S GARDEN FRONT: symmetrical wide 3-bay block at W with recessed centre bay spanned by balcony with decorative balustrade supported by paired pilasters and sheltering glazed entrance similar to N. (Re-modelled 1964-6). Mural sundial on S face of tower; monogrammed plaque at N. S front extends E with round-headed ground floor windows beneath lean-to roof supported by substantial buttresses dividing each window bay with end single bay with segmental- headed loggia and higher 1st floor with round-headed tripartite and shallow pyramidal roof. Multi-pane glazing (some horizontal); renewed ridge stacks; piended slate roofs, at W with platform roof and modillioned eaves. INTERIOR: mainly re-modelled in 1965-6. Entrance lobby leads to wide corridor hall through centre of W range to garden door and verandah. (?Re-used) panelling with niches and bookcases; plaster decoration to ceiling, overdoors, panelled doors and some fluted pilasters delineating panelling. DRAWING ROOM: carved wooden chimneypiece; overdoor and panelled door with decorative beading; shallow coffering to ceiling. DINING ROOM: simple moulded detailing to ceiling; corniced overdoor; marble topped radiator grill replaces former chimneypiece; beaded mahogony door; panelled dado. NW SITTING ROOM: ('Boys Room); re-used panelling, delineated on inner wall in 3 by fluted Ionic pilasters. Round-headed keystoned detailing; lugged and carved wooden chimneypiece with swagged detailing. STAIRCASE: barley-sugar twist turned wooden balusters; square end newels with carved swags in relief and urn finials.
Dunphail Castle and land originally owned by Cumins of
Altyre; passed through Dunbars of Westfield to Grants of
Grant; inherited by Gordon Cumming of Altyre and through
marriage of Major Cumming to Mary Bruce of Kinnaird (taking
name of Cumming Bruce).
Dunphail House built by L Cumming Bruce.
Small single arched bridge dated 1808, with Latin inscription commemorating Aemillae Lenox Cumming, E of mansion. Earlier
19th century octagonal garden pavilion with piended roof
Upgarded B to A 9.11.87
NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), pp. 185-6. Thomas Dick
Lauder, AN ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT FLOODS OF 1829 (1830), pp.
64-7 (illustrated). J & W Watson, MORAYSHIRE DESCRIBED
(1868), pp. 70-2. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF
BRITISH ARCHITECTS (1978), p. 647. University of Edinburgh
Playfair Collection. Moray District Record Office, Forres
(plans). National Monuments Record of Scotland.
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