Kincraik, later Salisbury House is significant to the Cardinia Shire as one of the grandest resort buildings among the many rural retreats built in the Upper Beaconsfield area and it still possesses some of its landscape setting. Kincraik is significant as one of the few identified nineteenth-century guest houses remaining in the shire and it contributes to the commercial and civic precinct of Upper Beaconsfield. Documentary evidence such as the many post cards which portray the building also aid in the appreciation of the site historically. Kincraik is a local landmark and has associations with a number of locally important people, including Mrs. Georgina Craik and the Misses Hendrick in the 1890s.
KINCRAIK, LATER SALISBURY HOUSE - Physical Description 1
This large weatherboarded guest house has been both internally and externally altered but still possesses the basic room plan of the original, with the billiard room (with its lantern roof) still recognisable at the east end. The gabled main roof is clad with corrugated-iron as is the skillion verandah and projecting trussed and gabled roof bays occur at intervals along the roofline; the brick (over-painted ) chimneys have moulded cemented cornices and the eaves are bracketed (paired). Most of the main windows have moulded architraves.
Garden Early garden elements include some large cypress (Cupressus sempervirens?) at the gate (possibly from the 1920s); Cedrus deodara (deodar cedar); a row of tree ferns on rock-edged beds, a cordyline, golden privet, a rock-edged path, and Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey cypress). Planting from the 1950s include Liquidambar var. and golden elm. There was once a croquet lawn in the front of the building, possibly where the bowling green is now. The garden is contributory to the site's significance.
KINCRAIK, LATER SALISBURY HOUSE - Physical Conditions
The front and rear verandahs have been renewed in part or totally, with some stop-chamfered posts remaining. The entrance porch has been added as has a skillion to the front verandah, near the former billiard room. The interior has been renovated, with addition of false ceilings, but retains some 19th century elements such as the etched ruby glass in the former toplights of the front door. The roofing is new but presumably relates to the original cladding.