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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 25/04/1997


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Burgh: Dunoon

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 18379 77997
  • Coordinates218379, 677997


Boston, Menzies and Morton, 1904, extending and re-working earlier inn. 3-storey hotel with English Arts and Crafts details, ground floor partly treated as basement and partial attic. Harled with some mock-timber framing.

EARLIER BLOCK: 5-bays to left, with raised basement of segmental-arched openings and stairs to central door on principal floor, fronted by verandah with timber-columned and bracketed supports and simple railings, bays to left filled-in with modern windows. Gabled bay above

to centre (mock-timber-framed gablehead) with modern door to balcony above verandah, further door flanking to left and windows in remaining bays. Slate-hung continuous dormer addition above.

1904 ADDITION: 3-storey, 3-bay Arts and Crafts with corner tower. Bays to centre and to left with continuous bowed window with dividing buttress at centre and flanking buttresses (see glazing below), under slate-hung 1st floor apron with scalloped flashing; broad 1st floor window originally with segmental-arch above, now with modern square- headed replacement; string course below 2nd floor paired gables with single and paired windows at 2nd floor and arrowslits to gableheads. Round corner tower to right with round-arched door at ground shielded by jettied oriel of upper tower, supported on fine red sandstone mask- corbels; slate-hung apron continuing around tower; single windows to 1st and 2nd floors with deep band of studded ornament and floral diamond panels; towerhead mock-timber framed, and with swept conical slate roof and attenuated lead finial.

Variety of glazing patterns; plate glass sash and case to original inn with further non-traditional windows; small-pane casements and plate glass sash and case to 1904 addition, further modern windows, and fine leaded windows with decorative stained glass panels (see below). Grey-green slates. Gablehead stacks with terracotta cans.

INTERIOR: part seen includes 1904 Glasgow Style fittings (eg screen and doors to Cocktail Bar) and Glasgow Style stained glass to windows and door panels (some modern replacements).

Statement of Special Interest

A building known as the 'Kirn Inn' which appeared on the site in 1837 is probably the core of the Queen's Hotel to the left of the site; it was apparently re-named after the accession of Queen Victoria, featuring in the Valuation Roll for 1859 under its current name. An illustration of the hotel from a circa 1930 leaflet shows the hotel in its seemingly unaltered post-1904 form, theverandah open, the segmental arch over the 1st floor windows and battered stacks to the M-valley gutter and by the tower of the 1904 addition, now sadly missing.



Information courtesy of Barry Kaye.

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Listed Buildings

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