Country Farmhouse Garden - Essex

Location: Langham, Colchester

Aspect: West Facing

Soil Type: Sandy Loam

Existing Features:

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.

Creating Space

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 Seasonal Garden

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.

An Italianate Style

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.