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Garden Category: Northern Ireland Gardens
Formal and landscape gardens with specimen shrubs and trees. Woodland, lakeside and parkland walks with stunning viewpoints. Visit the horses, pigs and hens in the farmyard.
Castle Ward was built in the 1760s by the first Lord Bangor, Bernhard Ward, and his wife Anne. It was built of Bath stone brought to Ireland in one of Lord Bangor’s own ships. The big problem for their architect was that this Lord and Lady couldn’t agree on the style for this building. Lord Bangor wanted classical Palladian style. Lady Bangor wanted the newly fashionable style, neo-Gothick. There was no compromise so, with semi-octagonal bays at each end joining the two ‘faces of the house’, this most eccentric house was a built.
The side that faces the driveway (above) was built in the classic Palladian style with columns supporting a triangular pediment… his half. The side that faces Strangford Lough, and that view, was built in Georgian Gothick style with pointed windows, battlements and finials…. her half. Read more ….