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TITLE
Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion
EXTERNAL ID
PC_DONALD_STRATHPEFFER03
PLACENAME
Strathpeffer
DISTRICT
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Fodderty
DATE OF IMAGE
2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Janine Donald
SOURCE
Janine Donald
ASSET ID
22412
KEYWORDS
spas
pavilions
Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion

This photograph shows Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion prior to its restoration in 2004.

Strathpeffer lies 4 miles (6 km) west of Dingwall in the strath of the River Peffery. It owes its growth and popularity to the discovery of sulphurous springs there in the 1770s. With the strong support of the then Countess of Cromartie, the village developed as a Victorian spa resort, its popularity greatly enhanced by the opening of the Strathpeffer branch of the Dingwall and Skye Railway in 1885. Many grand hotels and substantial Victorian villas were built to accommodate the steady stream of visitors who came to 'take the waters'.

As the popularity of Strathpeffer grew, the need for a suitable meeting place was recognised. The Countess of Cromartie commissioned a local architect to design a building based on the casino at Baden Baden, which in turn was based on the Festspielhaus at Bayreuth. The resulting building was a grand Victorian Pavilion within a pleasure garden next to the Upper Pump Room. The total cost of the Pavilion was just over £2,700 and it was opened by the Countess of Sutherland on 10 August 1881.

During World War I the Pavilion was used as an American naval hospital. The popularity of Strathpeffer declined between the two world wars and the Pavilion gradually fell out of use. It was recently restored by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and is now managed by High Life Highland as a venue for concerts, weddings, conferences and exhibitions

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Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion

ROSS: Fodderty

2000s

spas; pavilions

Janine Donald

This photograph shows Strathpeffer Spa Pavilion prior to its restoration in 2004.<br /> <br /> Strathpeffer lies 4 miles (6 km) west of Dingwall in the strath of the River Peffery. It owes its growth and popularity to the discovery of sulphurous springs there in the 1770s. With the strong support of the then Countess of Cromartie, the village developed as a Victorian spa resort, its popularity greatly enhanced by the opening of the Strathpeffer branch of the Dingwall and Skye Railway in 1885. Many grand hotels and substantial Victorian villas were built to accommodate the steady stream of visitors who came to 'take the waters'.<br /> <br /> As the popularity of Strathpeffer grew, the need for a suitable meeting place was recognised. The Countess of Cromartie commissioned a local architect to design a building based on the casino at Baden Baden, which in turn was based on the Festspielhaus at Bayreuth. The resulting building was a grand Victorian Pavilion within a pleasure garden next to the Upper Pump Room. The total cost of the Pavilion was just over £2,700 and it was opened by the Countess of Sutherland on 10 August 1881.<br /> <br /> During World War I the Pavilion was used as an American naval hospital. The popularity of Strathpeffer declined between the two world wars and the Pavilion gradually fell out of use. It was recently restored by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and is now managed by High Life Highland as a venue for concerts, weddings, conferences and exhibitions