Doocot, Gardyne Castle, Angus

Doocot, Gardyne Castle, Angus

About Project

This traditional timber dovecot was commissioned as part of the reinstatement of a historic walled garden to a Scottish estate.

A Scottish Dovecot – or Doocot

The doocot is a complex structure. A tapering circular stone base supports a timber lantern, with a concave conical roof clad in slate and lead. The circular nature of this building provided an enjoyable challenge, and creates unique and striking structure at the entrance to the castle.

Challenging Joinery

This traditional timber dovecot showcases the fine joinery side of Jonny’s work. Tilting louvred shutters, casement windows, and curved mouldings were made from painted Accoya – a ‘pickled’ softwood renowned for its stability and longevity in wet conditions. The internal curved oak staircase provided yet another geometrical challenge.

A Scottish Castle

Gardyne Castle is a 16th Century tower house in Angus, and a Category A listed building. The gardens have undergone extensive restoration and are now open to the public.

Garden Pavilions, Bothies & Cabins

We love designing and building garden structures of all kinds, from secret woodland cabins to formal garden pavilions and bothies. Have a look at our garden buildings for more inspiration.


Jonny was instrumental in realising our very complex project. He took on the wide range of challenges with relish and showed an exceptional level of creativity and craftsmanship. He has been a real pleasure to work with throughout. I’m already planning our next project!

William Grey Muir, Gardyne Castle


March 23, 2018
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