Great drives: Northern Ireland in a Range Rover Sport
The course of true love never did run smooth. Lord Bernard Ward and his wife, Lady Anne, were faced with major architectural issues when they set about designing their 18th century mansion above the shores of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, named Castle Ward.
Lord Ward, a devoted follower of neo-classicism, found himself at loggerheads with Lady Anne’s obsession with Gothic. Neither was prepared to back down. To keep the peace, the front half of the house was eventually designed to his lordship’s spec and the rear treated to a more elaborate facade.
Their unusual house is now run by the National Trust. On a clear day (but this isn’t one of them) you can see boats from the East Down Yacht Club racing around the many islands. There are said to be 365 landforms breaking the surface, one for each day of the year.
Strangford is the UK’s largest sea lough and awash with lethal pladdies –…