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Mellerstain House, Norman Cottage

House (19th Century)

Site Name Mellerstain House, Norman Cottage

Classification House (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) The Old Cottage; Mellerstain House Policies

Canmore ID 104342

Site Number NT63NW 18.04

NGR NT 64554 39249

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Scottish Borders, The
  • Parish Earlston
  • Former Region Borders
  • Former District Ettrick And Lauderdale
  • Former County Berwickshire

Accessing Scotland's Past Project

The 'Norman Cottage' or 'Old Cottage' at Mellerstain is a late nineteenth-century addition to the gardens of Mellerstain House.

The building is executed in the cottage ornee style, that is to say, it has a deliberately rustic flavour, emphasised by the use of thatch as a roofing material. The main block consists of a two-storeyed, circular, conical-roofed structure, with a lower, steeply-roofed wing.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project

Archaeology Notes


Field Visit (5 August 2015)

NT 64550 39253 The listing description for this building simply reads ‘cottage orne in park’. A section of text on Canmore states that the building is late 19th century. The building, which is also known as ‘Old Cottage’, currently has a thatched roof to both the main block and the wing to the south. The main block is a circular two-storey structure with a conical thatched roof, whilst the wing has only one storey and a steeply-pitched roof. Both sections of the roof are thatched in reed, which is entirely netted. The apex of the conical section of thatch is capped in metal, whilst the lower section of roof has a short ridge of concrete at the point that it meets the chimney stack. There is some mossy vegetation growth across the surface of the thatch throughout, and vegetation from the garden below has begun to grow up onto the thatched roof of the wing.

Visited by Zoe Herbert (SPAB) 05 August 2015, survey no.183

Sbc Note

Visibility: Unknown. The state of preservation of this structure or monument is unknown.

Information from Scottish Borders Council.


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