This beautiful Georgian Grade II* listed house was a lost treasure that had fallen into disrepair. A dilapidated pond, sinuous yew hedge, and some fine old trees were the remnants of gardens past, none of which had ever lived up to the beauty of the hall or site.
Purcell Architects were called in oversee the restoration of the house and interior architecture: our brief was to transform the tired and largely blank space outside the house into a garden of ‘high-octane glamour’ that worked as both a private sanctuary for our client, and a memorable and highly photogenic event space for small luxury weddings and shooting parties.
Whilst the gardens close to the house have strong formal bones, we were also mindful of key historic views out over parkland to the South and a picturesque island to the East, and the landscape design softens and becomes more curvaceous as you move further from the hall, with gaps created in hedging to frame key vistas.
The image shows the South elevation. The Eastern area is a public space, featuring an ‘eternity’ water garden of serpentine water rills, ironwork pergolas and deep planting beds, leading to a primary events space beyond the curving yew hedge. The Western area is for the client only and has more intimate areas for dining and relaxation. In between are cloisters of pleached Persian Ironwood and a waterlily pool.
An historic rill is being improved, with fountains within. There are temples at each end, with seating.
Design drawing rendered by Elastic Triangle Studio LTD for Kit Peel Gardens