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Archdale Castle Folly Dromard and Glenross, Ireland

Tower at entrance to Castle Archdale.

Scotland

Nothing But Folly….

The Dunmore Pineapple - Scotland. Historic home turned hotel in central Scotland. The building containing a hothouse was used, among other things, for growing pineapples. Built in 1761

Rotunda, Croome Court, UK

The Rotunda. ©NTPL/Andrew Butler A garden pavilion at Croome Court, Worcestershire, designed by Capability Brown

Summerhouse Garden Folly --- Lake Forest / replica of the 1793  Summerhouse Folly designed by Samuel McIntire for Captain Elias Hasket Derby, located in Danvers, Massachusetts

CURB APPEAL – another great example of beautiful design. Garden folly, Lake Forest replica of the 1793 summerhouse folly designed by Samuel McIntire for Captain Elias Hasket Derby, located in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Follies, or architectural ornamentations intended to beautify and not necessarily provide any other function, were popular in 18th century British gardens. This pillared folly called Jackdaw's Castle was built in 1743 as a vantage point from which to view Highclere Castle. Garden Design article on Downton Abbey filming, January 2013, UK.

Highclere Castle Estate: Jackdaw's Castle, an century folly built on the East Lawns to give a fine landscape view from the Castle

Jack the Treacle Eater;    One of four Follies built to mark the boundaries of an estate south of Yeovil built in the 1820’s. The story is that Jack, a noted local runner who is commemorated by the figure on the top, trained on a diet of treacle.

Jack the Treacle Eater; One of four Follies built to mark the boundaries of an estate south of Yeovil built in the The story is that Jack, a noted local runner who is commemorated by the figure on the top, trained on a diet of treacle.

❦ Wimpole's Folly, Cambridgeshire, England, built in the 1700s to resemble Gothic-era ruins.

Wimpole's Folly, Cambridgeshire, England, built in the to resemble Gothic-era ruins. Designed by Sanderson Miller in 1751 (making it an early example of such Gothicism) and probably built in 1772 and slightly altered in

Oteley Hall Folly Tower, Ellesmere  Folly Tower, Oteley Hall Oteley Hall was built for Charles Kynaston Mainwaring around 1830 and the gardens were laid out in an Italian style in 1835,. It would be during this time that the tower was built. The hall was rebuilt following a fire during the early 20th Century.

A small folly tower in the grounds of Oteley Hall but it can be glimpsed through the trees from the road that runs alongside the mere. It can be seen close up on the Hall's open days.

william morris retreat

An century folly, Broadway Tower, Gloucestershire, England is the highest point in the Cotswolds. My new house.

Ballindalloch Castle, Opening to castle held by Macpherson's....my ancestors

Ballindalloch Castle Gate, Scotland photo by Cthonus.oh I have been here and have stories to tell - it is a "most" wonderful place - I would like to go back - and I remember the pheasants!

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