Manor House

At the heart of this landscape design in Saffron Walden, is a charming and very historic house; A Georgian frontage hides a large, timber-framed ‘Moot Hall’ which was one of the most important buildings in the area for centuries.

Modern extensions complete the property and provide views out to the large surrounding garden.

The house needed to link with the surrounding grounds and feel less isolated. We achieved this through creating a series of ‘rooms’ within the wider garden, including a vegetable garden with a selection of gorgeous seasonal produce, a new terrace to catch the sun, and a new approach to the house front door.


The front approach to the house was strengthened and framed by creating a formal, structured space immediately in front of the main house entrance. We used topiary and hedging to frame a view down the long front lawn to the specimen trees in the distance.

To the east, we created a new terrace, sheltered on two sides by old brick and flint walls. This linked through to the swimming pool area and allowed visitors access to the garden to sit and enjoy the sun.

Further to the east, we completely renovated the vegetable garden, installing a new greenhouse, raised beds, and fruit cages all linked by brick pathways.

Manor House

Manor House

It was crucial to achieve the right balance between the history of the house and its architecture, together with the rural location and our clients’ requirements. We achieved this by carefully blending the structure and detail close to the house, gradually relaxing it and becoming more informal as the garden moved further away.

Our inspiration for the design was the house itself. It is a glorious eclectic house in a fantastic setting. I’m fascinated by history and it was our challenge to blend this history with a touch of modernity, creating a garden design which transitioned effortlessly from house to garden.