Basic Site Details

Name: Balavil House
Town, district or village: Kingussie
City or county: Inverness-shire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Alvie
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: West Lodge is C Listed

Robert Adam, 1790-96; 19th century alterations and additions; major interior
remodelling by MacGibbon and Ross, 1904. Symmetrical 3-storey, 7-bay
classical mansion.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Belleville HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Country House  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 617901796 Original house by Robert Adam
Item 2 of 61860  Survey by Peddie & Kinnear: not clear if any work was done
Item 3 of 61864  West Lodge
Item 4 of 61899  Porch and other alterations
Item 5 of 619031904 Reconstruction after fire damage in 1903
Item 6 of 61903  Fire damaged part of building


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 13James AdamArchitectH17901796 
Item 2 of 13R & J AdamArchitectural practiceH17901796 
Item 3 of 13Robert AdamArchitectH17901796 
Item 4 of 13Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectB1860 Survey
Item 5 of 13John Dick PeddieArchitectB1860 Survey
Item 6 of 13Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceB1860 Survey
Item 7 of 13Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectC1864  
Item 8 of 13John Dick PeddieArchitectC1864 West lodge
Item 9 of 13Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceC1864 West lodge
Item 10 of 13William Laidlaw CarruthersArchitect 1899 Porch and other alterations
Item 11 of 13Alfred Lightly MacGibbonArchitectD19031904Restoration of house and formal gardens
Item 12 of 13MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceD19031904Restoration of house and formal gardens
Item 13 of 13Thomas RossArchitectD19031904Restoration of house and formal gardens


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Macpherson, James 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 3Fleming, John1970Balavil house H Colvin and J Harris (eds): The Country Seat 
Item 3 of 3Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp81

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Country Life28 December 2011  p36. Article by Mary Miers
Item 2 of 3Inverness Courier21 February 1899   
Item 3 of 3Inverness Courier17 May 1904   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register1671West Lodge and gate piers
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register1652 
Item 3 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1860/1/1 (Survey plan)