The building of an extension had resulted in unnatural-looking contours, and the owners wanted to make the house sit more happily in its landscape as well as making the most of the beautiful setting and views. We re-shaped the land making a level sheltered sitting area next to the house, creating a sunken lawn where there had once been a mill pond, and contouring a slope to echo the hillside beyond.
Ornamental planting near the house leads to big lawns encompassed by wild flower meadows with mown paths through them. Planting at the boundaries was chosen to blend with the surrounding countryside. Clipped yew and box punctuate the meadows near the house, while further away we planted a variety of fruit trees. A productive kitchen garden at one side of the house contains a sculptural arbour that catches the afternoon sun.