Ardwell House

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A modest mansionhouse and estate in the South Rhins of Galloway, Ardwell House lies to the west of the estate village of Ardwell, 3 miles (5 km) south of Sandhead. Featuring crow-stepped gables, it was built c.1720, added to 1869-72 by Brown & Wardrop, who built a large Baronial extension and finally completely remodelled in 1956 by Sir Anthony Wheeler (1919 - 2013). The remodelling removed the Victorian extension, rebuilt the front and changed most of the interior. Its gardens offer fine views over Luce Bay and represent a beautiful combination of formal and informal gardens, which include a large variety of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. A walled garden dates from c.1800 and now grows a large variety of summer bedding plants and produce. Nearby, the statue of an owl (1872) is the work of John Rhind (1828-92). The estate extends to the west coast of the Rhins peninsula.

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