This Central Fountain and the area around it was built to commemorate the millennium year 2000.
Question 1: Why is someone standing in the pond in the old photo?
Question 2: What are around the sundial? Can you find the sundial?
Question 3: Why do the three wooden benches that surround the pond contain the letters MM?
The shape of the tops of the walls behind the benches mimics the coping of the bottom wall of the garden. You can only see this if you step outside the garden but it comes in the category of “good to know”.
The gate celebrates the life of Nicky Bradford’s father, David Philip Smythe, who died when she was only a year old. In what year did he die? It’s on the gate which was rescued from a cousin’s house in Perthshire when it was sold.
This photo shows the previous pond at this location. Read on to find out why someone’s standing in the water?
Helen Davidson was a housemaid at the castle. She was trying to take a photo and the people she was photographing said “go back a bit” and she took a step backwards. The stones that surrounded the pond in this photo now surround the sundial which is somewhere in this walled garden. You can see the wet ground where Helen clearly made a big splash.
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Some kind words from our previous guests…
“My daughter’s wedding. Had a memorable time that will last forever. Nicky and Andie looked after us tremendously. Hospitality second to none”. April 2016