Dunrobin Castle

Highland, Scotland

City/Town/Village: Backies
District: Highland
County: Highland
Latitude/Longitude: 57.9817, -3.9455
Postcode: KW9 6NL
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Dunrobin Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

Vast Baronial turretted mansion, mainly Sir Charles Barry,
1835-50, with subsequent repairs and alterations by Sir
Robert Lorimer, 1919, all encasing 14th century square
tower with abutting 17th century drum stair tower with
small pedimented windows; also further 17th century L-plan
tower house wing with angle turrets, and 1788-95 wing.
Mainly 3 storeys and attic.
Materials; 14th century tower and stair tower, rubble;
17th century range, harled to inner court, rendered to
outer faces; 18th century wing, rendered; 19th century
work, tooled ashlar with polished dressings, battered
rubble plinth, and terrace retaining walls at south.
Main entrance elevation at north dominated by square
4-stage tower with round-headed porte cochere in base
with pedimented and balconied 1st floor window above,
clasping angle turrets corbelled from 3rd floor, corbelled
castellated parapet and centre romantic corbelled square
turret with steep pyramidal roof in the manner of
Viollet-le-Duc. Tower at angle of 2 lower ranges
similarly detailed but with pedimented wallhead at right
of main north range, with ogee slated roof and ornate
clock faces above corbelled balcony with decorative
cast-iron balustrade.
Expansive south elevation set at 3 angles with tall angle
drum towers with corbelled upper stage to those clasping
taller eastern block, and attenuated conical decorative
fish-scale and ribbed leaded roofs with terminating
cast-iron finials.
Ornamental pediments to 1st floor windows of drawing
room and NE range, linked by cill bands. Cill bands also
to 2nd floor. Large oriel in SW elevation in advanced and
crowstepped gabled bay. Much ornamental detailing,
balconies, castellations, etc throughout exterior;
corniced stacks and slate roofs. Wide terracing at south
and west. Extensive service courtyard at NW.
Interior; main entrance porch leads to wide mid-19th
century staircase with ornamental Caen stone balustrade
giving onto rib vaulted landing and corridors leading to
main 1st and 2nd floor rooms.
Dining room; re-designed by Sir Robert Lorimer with
ornate coffered moulded plaster ceiling, classical
grisaille frieze of Italian origin, light wood panelled
walls and Tudor style chimneypiece; cast-iron fire back.
Billiard room; large panelled room to accommodate two
billiard tables, reconstructed by Lorimer from 1850
library; pine panelled walls, ornate pilaster ceiling;
green marble chimneypiece with swags above attributed to
Grinling Gibbons.
Breakfast room; canted ends; simple plaster walls with
panelled dado; ornate door case with oyster walnut door;
the overdoor and the incorporating swags by Grinling
Gibbons; 17th century style plaster ceiling; all
re-designed by Lorimer.
Drawingroom; re-designed by Lorimer combining 2 smaller
rooms of Barry wing; long room lit by 5 full length
windows; ornate plaster ceiling with reticulated design,
central armorial boss and decorative frieze; decorative
carved marble chimneypiece with lugged moulded surround
set with figured green and white marble; corniced
door-cases; decorative panelled doors and window shutters
with secondary glazed inner shutters (for double
glazing); ornamental radiator casings.
Library; re-designed by Lorimer from former principal
bedroom and dressing rooms, panelled throughout and
shelved with sycamore wood; figured marbled fireplaces at
each end.
Duke's study; Lorimer panelling in larch; moulded and
lugged wood chimney-piece with figure marble surround;
small wrought iron balcony to window.
Green and gold bedroom; French style, 1921 (for Duchess
Eileen); stippled green panelled walls with gilt garlanded
and mirrored panels; white marble chimneypieces; painted
swag motif decorates ceiling.

Information from British Listed Buildings


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