Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Modern English Country Garden

Client's brief

The owners of this beautiful late Victorian country home, surrounded by 4 acres of land, had already commissioned their dream swimming pool and much anticipated Alitex greenhouse. And although their  vision was of a formally arranged garden, how to best achieve this eluded them particularly given the added complications of working with a sloping site.
 
Fortunately, I had worked with the pool company and the landscaper on previous projects and came highly recommended.
The swimming pool size and position had already been planned and the Alitex greenhouse on order, so the main design challenge for this project was how to relate these key features and provide the requested formal layout given that a significant level change existed across the site.

To create the desired effect the design is set on one long ‘vista’ of some 60 metres, a visual line that connects all three garden rooms without there existing a physical path.  At one end sits the greenhouse with a wonderful view through the planting, over the swimming pool, up the steps and between the metal pergolas, over the Allison Armour water feature and on up a second flight of steps, continuing across the new raised lawn to an existing cedar tree.

In addition to this visual anchor, the pool garden and the kitchen garden are on the same level achieved by the detailing of a series of low brick retaining walls and generously wide steps.  

The swimming pool terrace, paved in a gorgeous beige limestone, is designed to be the main family space whether one is enjoying a vigorous swim against the counter current, relaxing in the hot tub, lounging with a good book or enjoying the fruits of the kitchen garden at the elegant Italian dinning table. There is ample room for the whole family and more.  

The garden is less than a year old at the time of these images (2021) and so as the planting volumes mature the sense of intimacy in each space will increase and be managed to the desired effect.  

Client's Review

'Karen came highly recommended to me and having worked together on our garden project over the last 18 months, we too are delighted to recommend her services to anyone looking to create a different ‘space’ for their garden. Our plot varied in levels which made the development of the proposed area complicated. But with her ideas, intricate details and beautifully presented designs, our vision for the space came alive and 18 months later, the ‘space’ now has a formal area with water feature, a swimming pool with large surrounding terrace and a very prolific vegetable garden with green house. We could not be more delighted with the outcome.'
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This formal level of design service is most appropriate for clients considering significant investment (from of £35,000) in a completely new garden.
Although there are many stages in the process from initial visit to a completed garden, not every project requires the same level of design input.
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