Combining function with flamboyance
This beautiful one acre walled garden near Colchester was an original feature to a Georgian property. Set in 14 acres of land, the client wanted to develop the walled garden into something a little more structured. There was an existing swimming pool at one end and old fruit trees along the walls but, other than this and some low hedging, the garden was a blank canvas. Open on one side, the drive to the house ran parallel.
The brief was to include a pool house which could be self sufficient in terms of facilities, including a kitchen. We set out a suggested structure for the building, in keeping with the design layout, but then handed over to the architects to complete.
The clients wanted to use the garden for entertaining and, in keeping with true Georgian tradition, we included features such as the folly and parterre and shapely trees. Georgian Architecture is classical yet fun; structure and balance are mainstays and set a formal tone, but flamboyance was also popular.
With this in mind, the design wasn't necessarily truly Georgian but an interpretation for a modern day version with nods to some of those traditional features. Site lines were highly valued. The design divides the garden into three sections but the unifying factors are proportion and the central line focus.