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 Adam H17901796 
Item 2 of 13R & J Adam H17901796 
Item 3 of 13Robert Adam H17901796 
Item 4 of 13Charles George Hood Kinnear B1860 Survey
Item 5 of 13John Dick Peddie B1860 Survey
Item 6 of 13Peddie & Kinnear B1860 Survey
Item 7 of 13Charles George Hood Kinnear C1864  
Item 8 of 13John Dick Peddie C1864 West lodge
Item 9 of 13Peddie & Kinnear C1864 West lodge
Item 10 of 13William Laidlaw Carruthers  1899 Porch and other alterations
Item 11 of 13Alfred Lightly MacGibbon D19031904Restoration of house and formal gardens
Item 12 of 13MacGibbon & Ross D19031904Restoration of house and formal gardens
Item 13 of 13Thomas Ross D19031904Restoration 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)