Categories of Special Interest
Architectural, Historical, Social
In Use As
1720 - 1725
Detached five-bay two-storey over raised basement Classical-style house with dormer attic, dated 1722, on a symmetrical T-shaped plan with single-bay full-height pedimented entrance breakfront, and single-bay full-height central return to east. Renovated possibly with dormer attic added. Hipped slate roof on a T-shaped plan (gabled to breakfront) with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stacks, rooflights, cut-limestone coping to gable, slightly sproketed eaves, and cast-iron rainwater goods on limestone ashlar eaves having iron brackets. Unpainted replacement rendered walls with batter, cut-limestone dressings including chamfered plinth course to basement, quoins to corners, date stone, and band to eaves. Square-headed window openings (in camber-headed recesses to basement; lunette window opening to gable) with cut-limestone sills, six-over-six (ground floor) and six-over-three (first floor) timber sash windows having timber casement windows to basement (fixed-pane timber windows to lunette opening). Round-headed door opening with eight cut-limestone steps having iron railings, tooled cut-limestone Gibbsian surround having keystones, and timber panelled door having overlight. Interior with timber panelled shutters to window openings. Set back from road in own grounds with gravel forecourt, and landscaped grounds to site including haha having random rubble stone retaining wall. (ii) Gateway, c.1725, to south-east comprising pair of limestone ashlar piers with cut-limestone capping, iron double gates, iron flanking pedestrian gates, limestone ashlar outer piers having cut-limestone capping, and painted rendered curved flanking walls over random rubble stone construction having cut-limestone coping.
An elegantly-appointed substantial house incorporating pleasing proportions with the diminishing in scale of the openings on each floor taken together with the symmetrical plan serving to enhance the formal quality of the composition: cut-limestone details exhibiting expert craftsmanship including a particularly fine doorcase further enliven the Classical architectural theme of the house. Having been well maintained the house presents an early aspect with substantial quantities of the historic fabric surviving intact both to the exterior and to the interior. A gateway displaying high quality stone masonry together with early iron work makes a pleasing visual impression in a rural setting. The house remains of additional importance for the historic associations with the Doyle and the White families.