This hillside garden has a sweeping view to the southwest but is exposed to the prevailing wind from the same direction. The design challenge was therefore to exploit the lovely view while still creating areas where the clients could sit in the garden on a windy day. The site is on a steep slope, gaining three metres in height across the site.
The solution was to create a number of areas in the garden that have their own identity. A roomy terrace looks out onto the view which is emphasised by a large, sunken lily pond. Planting either side of this terrace filters the wind and encloses the space. A smaller, sunken terrace on the other side of the house is sheltered from the prevailing wind and looks up the garden to a lawn flanked by generously planted, herbaceous borders. A smaller, oval lawn on the other side of the main lawn has a serpentine path of stepping stones leading through it with a stone bench for quiet sitting.
At the top of the garden is a large kitchen garden with raised beds, espaliered fruit and a glasshouse. Below the main terrace is a concealed leisure area that houses a sauna and Japanese hot tub. This area features a contemporary deck and Japanese inspired planting. The owners’ Indian Runner Ducks and chickens are housed at the bottom of the site, accessed through a rose-covered pergola.
The clients now have a variety of spaces in the garden. They can sit quietly and enjoy the view on the oval lawn or entertain a large group on the pool terrace. On windy days they can sit on the sunken terrace and admire the flower borders. On clear evenings they sit in the hot tub and gaze at the stars.