The Brief

This large family home sits in an extensive plot beside a woodland setting near Leigh, outside Penshurst. The family wanted to transform the outside space for an exceptional country residence with a zoned garden. This incorporates everything from an orchard, to a vegetable garden and a pool.

This project was planned in stages to work with the clients’ budget and keep them in control of each stage. With ambitious plans to totally transform the flow of the driveway and garden and to incorporate the adjacent woodlands, we’ve devised a detailed plan for each phase. This way, the clients and the landscaping team know exactly what to expect. Watch this space for further updates as the project evolves.

The Design

The recent house extension means the vista from the driveway did not show the house off to its full potential. We changed the gates and added a pair of well-shaped Crab Apple trees to redefine the perspective, highlighting the best features of the re-designed house. The trees also added spring blooms and striking autumn leaf colour, for interest throughout the year. The original garden was laid out in a traditional, rectangular ‘front-and-back’ format. Our design softened the boundaries and allowed the garden areas to flow into one another. This created a screened area to obscure the view of the pool from the driveway.

The house is surrounded by a number of mature trees and hedges that we used where possible. However, the garden focus needed remodelling to recapture the best vistas and woodland views. We added benches crafted from green oak that were handsome and durable, creating spots to relax and absorb the scenery. A retaining bank was created to bring the garden to life, carefully planted to provide all-year interest. It serves as a beautiful, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative to a garden wall. On a practical level, we also redesigned the driveway to incorporate a turning and parking area. We used planting to maximise the impact of the house on approach, accentuating its best features.

Design Detailing

With a young family to consider, builders renovating the house and a phased landscaping project running concurrently, as well as their own busy working lives, our clients’ time was stretched. Our painstaking planning outlined all the requirements of the build, so everyone knew exactly what was required – and when – for things to run smoothly. Our realistic design outlined different budget options, so the clients knew exactly what each phase entailed and could prioritise their spend and anticipate expenditure.

Bringing The Landscape Into The Design

Few properties have access to their own woodland as Fairlawns does – an exciting area for children to be able to explore! Our design brought the woods into the garden, so both young and old could enjoy the nature on their doorstep. Layers of plants softened the edge between the two areas, with a diversity of plants introduced into the garden, from tall trees to shaded wild areas to more traditional garden plants. The result is a space that not only invites people to use it but encourages wildlife, too. We devised play areas for the children in which they could feel the woods were part of their play space. Also, an adult terrace for alfresco entertaining and vegetable beds where the owners could produce their own food. It was about crafting a glorious setting, reflecting the family’s life. The result is a seamless space, beautifully integrated into its natural landscape.

Unbeatable Team

We work with experienced landscapers and builders to achieve our vision. Using our trusted team means that we know that the work will be delivered on plan and budget to the highest standards. We aim to deliver great results and increase the overall value of your property.

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In these times of COVID-19 lockdown, our personal outside space is becoming evermore important.

If you are looking for ideas as to how to transform your garden please do get in touch.

We are able to provide remote consults and surveys outside while maintaining social distancing.

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