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Helensburgh, Cairndhu Gardens, Cairndhu House

Villa (19th Century)

Site Name Helensburgh, Cairndhu Gardens, Cairndhu House

Classification Villa (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Cairndhu Hotel; Rhu Road Lower; Nursing Home

Canmore ID 197439

Site Number NS28SE 101

NGR NS 28436 82705

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Rhu
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Dumbarton
  • Former County Dunbartonshire

Archaeology Notes

NS28SE 101.00 28436 82705

Cairndhu House [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, November 2009.

NS28SE 101.01 NS 28467 82593 Cairndhu Lodge

Architecture Notes


Architect: William Leiper 1871.

Additions to service wing 1902.

Stained glass and decorative work by Daniel Cottier.

Converted to hotel c.1956. Converted to residential home c.1984.

(Undated) information in NMRS.

Site Management (9 March 2012)

2-storey and attic, asymmetrical, almost square-plan French Renaissance style villa with finely decorated interior. Squared, coursed and stugged grey sandstone with polished cream ashlar dressings. Tall moulded base course; cill courses; frieze and cornice. Bipartite and multi-partite, mostly ashlar mullioned and trasomed windows; moulded reveals.

Built for John Ure, flour miller and merchant, Lord Provost of Glasgow. Richly decorated interior, one of the finest of Anglo-Japanese in Scotland. Now in use as a residential nursing home. (Historic Scotland)


Photographic Survey (March 1965)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record/Ministry of Work in March 1965.


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