Imposing and bold property

An imposing and bold property designed by renowned architectural firm Neil Holland Architects and themed around the Orient brought us an opportunity to make our mark on a truly unique site. This required a subtle yet structured design to anchor the house to the landscape and views beyond.

The front approach is dotted with statuesque tree ferns, cloud-pruned evergreens, delicate Acers and poached trees, all complementing the exotic shape of the roofline.

This nod to the Orient is mirrored again in the fully-equipped garden studio, designed and built by us as a bespoke piece for our client. We restructured the main terrace adding a large set of steps leading down to the manicured lawn to make this space more user-friendly, and sculpted curved planting beds into the surrounding banks to give the garden shape and movement.

To lend structure and autumnal interest we punctuated the beds with stunning multi-stem Persian ironwood trees, and softened shared boundaries with a freshly-planted wildflower meadow. Vibrant and reflective water bowls crown the large brick pillars flanking the rear of the house, with sculptures fashioned by world-famous artist Phillip Jackson providing more highlights around the property. Despite the obvious theme of the garden, the client was keen to give it an English twist, so a traditional kitchen garden and glasshouse from Hartley Botanic was installed ready for the client to grow fruit and veg. These photos were taken shortly after completion and on one of the hottest days on record (!), we look forward to revisiting this project to see how its developed over the years.