Lochryan House

Lochryan House
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Lochryan House

An unusual and modest mansion house located in Cairnryan in W Dumfries and Galloway, Lochryan House was built in 1701 for Colonel Andrew Agnew of Croach. Comprising two storeys, a basement and an attic, its entrance is in the centre of a white-painted west-facing facade. The middle three-bay section of this facade was raised to create a third storey in 1820-4, and a crenellated wall added above, linking the chimney-heads. Dormer windows project from the roof on either side of this structure. Single storey wings were added to the north and south in 1826, giving the facade the thirteen bays of today. Behind the house are a pair of single-storey service wings. The interior retains some elements of the 18th century original, but has been much altered in the later 19th century. A large entrance hall leads to the stairway. The dining room occupies the centre of the first floor, and features a fine marble chimney-piece and wood-panelling. Also on this floor and wood-panelled are a drawing room and morning room.

The short approach from the main A77 Trunk Road is grand, passing through a high wall, flanked by cannon. The drive divides around a circle of grass surrounding a herbaceous border and reaches an inner entrance between gatepiers crowned by white-painted eagles, which passes through a low wall topped by balusters. The garden dates from the 18th century and includes a circular doo-cot built in 1846.

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