From the outside, Knockdow House is incredibly striking with its white stone finish, slate roof, impressive arched entryway and even a tower.
Caribbean Influences in the House
When you step inside Knockdow House and begin to explore its many rooms, it’s clear that the interior of the property has a number of influences, including many Caribbean influences as a result of the Lamont family’s Caribbean legacy.
The Lamont’s – the original owners of this historical 18th century property, travelled extensively and had significant estates in far reaching locations, such as Trinidad and Tobago.
As a result, many sections and areas of the property feature mahogany, sandalwood and other exotic woods, which can be seen throughout the house. For instance, the main stairwell is lined with timber panelling, which was sourced from Palmiste in Trinidad.
These exotic woods feature unique grain patterns, surreal colours and wonderful textures which set the house apart. They have distinct and exquisite aesthetic details that bring a serene quality to the home.
The Ionic Order at Knockdow House
Another notable influence of Knockdow House is the Ionic order, a classical column style that was used in ancient Greece.
The Ionic order originated in the mid-6th century in Ionia, Greece. It is found in columns and is more slender and feminine in appearance. Buildings like the Temple of Artemis – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – feature the Ionic Order.
One room in particular where the Ionic order is visible is in the former great hall, on the first floor, which features a stunning domed cupola that can be seen above the room. The cupola is supported by Ionic columnsin a mahogany finish. They are slender and ornate in appearance and give the room a very regal, refined appeal.
Ionic columns are an internationally recognised form of architecture featuring scroll-shaped ornaments that sit on top of column shafts. According to ancient Rome’s military architect, Vitruvius (c. 70-15 BC), Ionic design is an appropriate combination of themore masculineDoric style, and delicate Corinthian style.
Today, the former great hall now serves as a sitting area, complete with chimney and fireplace. In keeping with the theme of the room, there are also a number of traditional paintings on the walls, and huge, intricately women carpets, all of which add to the ambience of the room.
The Ionic order continues to influence the modern world of architecture and many interiors are designed and decorated with this classical style.
Over the course of many years, Knockdow House has retained this important classical architectural style. This is a beautifully restored property set in one of Scotland’s most tranquil locations.