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Achany House

A Category B Listed Building in Lairg, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.9827 / 57°58'57"N

Longitude: -4.4215 / 4°25'17"W

OS Eastings: 256909

OS Northings: 901838

OS Grid: NC569018

Mapcode National: GBR H7GM.FDW

Mapcode Global: WH3BR.1MS7

Entry Name: Achany House

Listing Date: 18 March 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 340056

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB8016

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Parish: Lairg

Locality: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

Late 18th/early 19th century with mid 19th century
additions and further late 19th century rear extensions.
Symmetrical 3-storey, 5-bay frontage the outer bays
projecting as circular drum towers. All harled with
tooled ashlar margins and dressings. Centre 3 bays appear
to form original core, with centre door with panelled
pilasters and door, and decorative fanlight. Mid-later
19th century bowed outer bays rising full height and
terminating in conical slate roofs with finials. 5
pedimented dormers rise through wallhead, the centre having
decorative detailing and ball finials; deep eaves band.
Canted ground floor bay window in each return elevation,
at east with flight of steps with decorative cast-iron
balustrade.
Former E-plan rear in-filled in late 19th century,
presenting 5-gabled north elevation (centre rear gabled bay
is stair well), fronted by further 2-storey, 5-bay
symmetrical wing, with 1st floor windows breaking eaves
under barge-boarded gables. Mainly 12-pane glazing; corniced
end and ridge stacks; slate roof.
Interior: curved ended parlours flank centre entrance hall
with contemporary pannelled doors and window shutters;
bowed panelled cupboard doors and decorative plaster friezes.
Mid 19th century long narrow dining and drawing rooms flank
centre 3-bay portion.

Statement of Interest

House plans in possession of present owner show thick,

outside walls, between centre 3 and outer bays, the

the additional outer bays being long and narrow drawing

and dining rooms in ground floor. Seat of Munro's, and later

Rose's of Achany. Purchased by Sir James Matheson in 1840

(see Matheson Memorial, Lairg). East and west canted bay

windows appear on 1st ed. OS, 1874, but not rear additions.

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