Location: Langham, Colchester
Aspect: West Facing
Soil Type: Sandy Loam
A traditional farmhouse, set on a sloping garden, with a new extended kitchen to the rear of the house.
Contractors had recently cut into the slope to accommodate the extension and had left an open face at a height of 1.5m The main area of the garden was laid to lawn, a swimming pool and a series of outbuildings were found to the north side of the garden and a number of old walls divided the garden.
The clients felt that the house and garden felt claustrophobic and therefore wanted the areas opened up for entertaining and dining to create a more spacious feel.
A kitchen garden was central to the overall brief, and it needed to be accessible from the house, providing seasonal herbs and produce throughout the year.
The overall style is, at first glance, traditional, English garden, but a closer look will reveal a strong nod to Italianate formality underpinning the design of the space.