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Portfolio > A garden design for 'Parkfield's Stable' Derbyshire

Existing Site:
The main group of buildings consists of an attractive brick farmhouse, a triple garage, 2 barns and a well-appointed holiday cottage, “Parkfields Stable.” -

There are spectacular views both front and back but this open countryside results in some exposure to wind, particularly at the back of the house.

Client Brief:
Phase 1 was to organise the space at the front with regard to the driveways, screening the barn and the parking and to give the holiday cottage its own back garden. At the front an area suitable for the guests to eat outside was required and some separation between the farmhouse’s space and the cottage’s space was needed. The courtyard garden at the front of the farmhouse was to have a modern feel and this was designed in collaboration with Fiona Nye. Planting was designed by Louise.

Design Solution:
At the front, Corten steel planters delineate the areas and blocks of self-binding gravel and stone flags give the required modern feel. Planting with rounded shapes reflects the vegetation in the surrounding countryside and where the garden meets the view areas of planted grasses will help to merge the two visually.

At the back of the cottage a more traditional approach provides a sheltered terrace from which to admire the view and a curving pathway around the old apple tree entices the visitors out into the countryside.

Phase 2, currently underway, involves the newly extended garden behind the farmhouse.

Landscaping by Paul Richards Arboriculture and Horticulture -

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