Research point – ‘A home fit for a Queen’

During the 19th century domestic architecture had been primarily for the upper classes but this started to change both in America and the UK simultaneously.  Middle classes started to desire detached architecturally designed houses which suited their own needs – these could be large or small and as Charles Francis Annesley Vorsey (1857-1941) demonstrated in his designs they could be sensitively planned in relation to nature.

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was a contemporary of Vorsey and was known for adapting traditional architectural designs to the requirements of his time.  Lutyens only designed two properties in Scotland one is the subject of an article in the Daily Mail today – Ferry Inn at Rosneath, near Helensburgh which was originally an inn of the same name but extended by Lutyens into a retreat for the daughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Louise and her husband Marquis of Lorne.

Ferry Inn sits on the banks of Gare Loch and was never actually lived in by Princess Louise due to her husband’s ill health but later its history includes being a recovery home for Boer War veterans and also accommodated US naval officers.

The style of the house is Arts and Crafts which I am yet to understand fully so will update this blog when I do so but it is a two storey dwelling with each of its 3 main elevations to the south, east and north being completely different in design.  The inn originally dated from 1800 apparently and was extended 3 times between 1862 and 1897 – it was in 1896 that Princess Louise instructed Lutyens to extend it as a private residence.  The Princess’s husband succeeded his father as 9th Duke of Argyll in 1900 and until that point was the aforesaid Marquis of Lorne.

The house has exchanged hands over the years since and its current owner has renovated the property extensively and the interior is now very modern but from the photos in the article which are in the sales brochure you do get an idea of the size of the rooms and it is not difficult to imagine how it may have looked during the late Victorian period.

As a final note this house is now on the market for £795,000 – the Rolls-Royce car that I have also blogged about today that was designed in 1927 for one Clarence Gasque is estimated to fetch £700,000 at auction this December so that gives a very clear indication of the incredible work and art in that vehicle!


Baker, K.  18 October 2016.  Five-bed 19th century loch-side house built for Victoria’s fourth girl, Princess Louise, goes on the market for £795,000 [online]. [Date Accessed:  18 October 2016].  Available from:

Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. 2016.  Sir Edwin Lutyens [online]. [Date Accessed:  18 October 2016].  Available from:


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