Based on the Water Tower at Rhuddlan Castle, the Gardener’s Tower is built over two storeys and was restored in 2015, together with the Georgian log store. The ground floor contains the Gardener’s Mess, now an exhibition space, with a working nineteenth century ‘Tortoise Stove’. The first floor contains the ‘Countess’s Writing Room’, originally a formal sitting room built for Lady Emily Hesketh to retire to from the conservatory, but was used principally by her granddaughter, the Countess of Dundonald, as a private retreat.
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The formal terrace, aligned east-west, was designed by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in the 1830s and was inspired by Queen Eleanor’s garden at Conwy Castle. The central raised beds are constructed out of handmade nineteenth-century Welsh bricks and radiate from the central pool. Lloyd also incorporated into his design that the garden be viewed by moonlight so the planting featured many white and silver plants.