This beautiful Grade II listed late medieval farmhouse, with parts dating back to the Sixteenth century is set in an idyllic rural location. The brick farmhouse is surrounded by a number of outbuildings and barns with a series of smaller gardens interlinked between these. While the main garden extends out from the rear of the house.
The gardens were in need of complete renovation with other areas needing to be reimagined. The new owners were interested in moving the gardens forward, giving the place another chapter in its history, while still honouring what had gone before. They were keen that all restoration work was sympathetically carried out, while the newly designed areas are complimentary to the property, providing stunning outlooks from all aspects of the house.
The gardens present themselves as a sequence of rooms, each with their own individual character. Alongside our clients we are working on each area to provide a cohesive flow throughout. Materials are carefully selected to compliment the structures while respecting the sites history.
To the west of the property the original parterre garden is now being brought back to life. Beds have been reconfigured and replanted with repeat flowering old English roses, amidst waves of Salvia ‘Caradonna’ all contained within low box hedging. Whilst around the central stone water feature bespoke metal edging has been installed, giving a crisp finish to the newly created beds of lavender and thyme. Carefully positioned metal obelisks provide height, drawing the eye to the central water feature. Replenished shingle paths complete the transformation, delivering a smart, colourful and fragrant garden.
On the north of the house, the garden is very different and more dominated by the landscape. The views open on to the panorama of fields and trees. Running down the lawn the newly created West border is riotous with bold colour and movement, including tall grasses and herbaceous perennials with attractive seed heads providing good winter interest. The brick and flint designed path now links the parterre garden to the West border through the yew hedge arch. This path sits harmoniously with the later arts and crafts style additions to the property.
Further works have been completed along the North terrace of the house. Topiary elements and perennials work side by side to provide a sharp yet soft formality to the planting scheme. New brick edging and single paths unify the terrace with the house again.
A wonderful project that is still a work in progress, with further works planned for the properties south and east courtyards.