A garden in an idyllic valley, on a private estate. The house very much stood alone, exposed in the landscape, surrounded by a large lawn and some walling.
This was achieved through a design that created a series of inter-linking rooms around the property – an entrance courtyard, maze garden (with a fountain within) and dining terrace with an oak pergola for wisteria and rooftop mulberries on either side. Instead of a single flower border, which would have created too much of a divide between house and lawn, we designed a series of long, wide beds with gaps between. Beehive topiary in each bed link the whole and provide winter structure.
Beyond a new parking area, we designed a new cutting garden leading to a lean-to greenhouse against the barn. The barn doors open to the west, which offers a natural space for dining within. We designed an eating area with clay pizza oven, raised herb beds and seating nearby.
The materials will be reclaimed yorkstone and setts, with hand carved gates.