Set within walls dating from the Napoleonic Wars, this project needed to deliver an attractive and practical space for living, entertaining and relaxing, to include an entrance courtyard and outdoor kitchen. As a result, the site has a spacious upper courtyard and a sunken garden that ties in with the newly-finished extension; separated by steps and robust planting.
The upper courtyard features paving selected to be sympathetic to the existing stone, carefully renovated original wooden gates, spacious parking and concealed lighting that washes over the granite walls at night.
The sunken garden includes a lawn with a level threshold to large bi-fold doors, which allows people to easily step outside, either to use the bespoke kitchen area or relax on the built-in seating. The curved seat is constructed from large pieces of smooth granite and bordered by lush, soft planting, accompanied by the trickling fountain. A retractable canopy protects from the midday sun, and mellow lighting illuminates the garden after sunset.
Planted by Simon Tostevin, the scheme includes an evergreen yew hedge and striking, 2m tall Italian cypresses, accompanied by a mix of herbaceous plants in greens and whites, with splashes of colour.
Feature art deco mosaics were used to echo the interior design styles, while new stone and brickwork were precisely matched to the existing.
Designed in collaboration with Welch Landscape Design, constructed by Granite Le Pelley and overseen on site by Oliver Day, a meticulous eye for detail has been applied at each stage, resulting in exceptional finishing touches.