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Catterbog House, near Endrick Water, Stirlingshire

I am very interested in the way architecture fits into its setting - or imposes on it. Sometimes a building may imbue a sense of quiet grandeur, confirming the success and confidence of its owner while also appearing to definitely belong to its environment. So often we see abrasive architecture so much more acceptable once vegetation has has encroached on it.

This is Catterbog House close to the intersection of the A811 and A809, the roads that take one past Drymen and on to either Balloch and Loch Lomond or Milngavie and Glasgow or perhaps Stirling. Just below this point is the Endrik Water as it makes its way into Loch Lomond. With that picturesque setting we would expect something special. And we do. I only know the house from this vantage point, but have always like it. It is a quietly grand almost classical house. As its listing text notes, it is : Late 18th century, dated 1767, extended circa 1800. 2-storey over basement, 5-bay, double-pile, rectangular-plan classical house. Harled with painted margins and dressings. It is listed as “A”. Nearby are the former stables now converted to residential use and the walled garden.

This photograph was taken one winter's morning, the colours very muted and Catterbog House blending in well.


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