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SnowDrop Day

Usually late February

The private gardens of the house are closed to the public throughout the year with the exception of 'Snowdrop day', an open day usually held around late February, which is operated under Scotland’s Garden Scheme in aid of local charities.

Ardgowan has become justly famous for the millions of snowdrops that cover the Estate each year heralding in the spring.

Dame Frances Colhoun, wife of Sir John Shaw Stewart (the man responsible for commissioning the construction of the house and park design) is believed to have planted the first bulbs here. Although little is known about her, the yearly carpet of snowdrops keeps her name alive.



Largs Show

Usually mid June

Keeping a proud tradition alive, that goes back well over a century, The Largs show is a fun day out for the family! Showcasing all things agricultural, there is an action packed program on the day that includes a gymkhanas, dog show, fairground rides, family competitions, pony trap rides and displays of cows, sheep, horses and highland ponies. If that is not enough, there is homebaking and handicrafts as well as a bar courtesy of the Kip Hotel

So called, because it originally took place in Largs, before being relocated to the Estate, by kind permission of Sir Ludovic, the Largs Show is one of the main fundraisers for the Largs Agricultural Society. So if you would like a fun day out in the countryside – come and join!

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The Carol Concert


When you enter Ardgowan House, you ascend the grand staircase only to marvel at the glass capped dome hallway, a feat of engineering that stretches up three storeys above you. This extraordinary space is where our annual carol concert takes place. With its high walls and stone floors, the acoustics are spectacular. 

The concert is held in aid of local charities such as the Ardgowan Hospice and the Greenock Medical Aid Society. So come and join in the festivities! With a choir and piano in accompaniment, we will sing hymns, carols and popular standards to usher in the spirit of Christmas. The evening will be framed around an interval in the hall with a raffle, mince pies and mulled wine by an open fire. Warning: rosy cheeks and feelings of warmth inside highly likely.






We are calling on your support to help us restore the Estate to its former glory. So if you have a morning or an afternoon spare, and you would like to be part of a team participating in a fun program of restoration and practical conservation, all within a stunning designed landscape, then please make yourselves known. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline all of which would benefit from your support, so why not offer your services and do something valuable with your free time?

There is no cost to join as a volunteer and as a reward you will automatically be given a one year membership to the '1797 Club' (see right) free of charge, which will entitle you to a number of promotions and discounts as well as giving you unprecedented access to the Estate.

Friends of Ardgowan

If you would like to keep abreast of the developments on the Estate then why not become a ‘Friend of Ardgowan’ by joining our mailing list? There is no cost involved in this whatsoever.

You will receive a quarterly newsletter notifying you of upcoming events, opportunities and fun activities taking place in and around the Estate as well as progress reports on the various projects that we are involved in.

For those of you who would like to be involved on a deeper level, why not become a member of the '1797 Club'? Contact the Estate Office for more details - 01475 521 656 or



The 1797 Club

 Enjoy unprecedented access and entry to exclusive events for Club Members only, such a talks, teas and tours throughout the year. Club members will also be eligible for a number of promotions and discounts relating to shop produce and discounted early entry to events held on the Estate. With a number of exciting activities in the pipeline from Archery lessons and organised walks, to tastings, cookery lessons and BBQ’s, the ‘1797 Club’ is great value for money.

We also have a schedule of activities for young aspiring club members such as arts and crafts lessons, nature trails, historical reenactments and seasonal celebrations such as the Estate egg and spoon race. So why don’t you sign up to the Club and enjoy everything that the Estate has to offer?



At Ardgowan we are committed to our social responsibilities. Working closely with a number of local charities, such as the Greenock Medical Aid Society and the Ardgowan Hospice, of which Sir Ludovic is a proud Patron, we endeavour  to offer our help and support where we can through fundraising, donations and use of our facilities free of charge on a number of occasions throughout the year.

We are also involved in a number of community initiatives and educational programmes to promote rural living, hosting the Largs Show every year as well as the Scouts outward bound trips. At the moment we are working on developing a curriculum related educational resource for local schools focusing on the history and the environment.

To this end we are keen advocates of an ecologically sustainable approach to the environment. Through diversification into renewables and recycling our goal is to combat climate change one step at a time, by reducing our carbon emissions across all aspects of our business. 


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