With floor space of just under 23m2 and a ridge height of approximately four metres, the apiary is a decidedly stately building and accommodated bees in numbers of up to 30 colonies. The colourful design of the south side is especially striking.
Bee-keeping once played an important role in agricultural self-sufficiency. As well as being a sweetener, honey was considered an important remedy. Up to 16 bee colonies could live in this apiary, with each beehive accommodating 20,000 to 70,000 bees.