Manor House | Hampshire
Largely 18th Century, with later remodelling, the house was completely refurbished in 2012. We were commisioned to create an entirely new landscape more befitting the property. The gardens were rather dated, with randomly placed island borders, a small pond out of scale with the surroundings and an allotment style vegetable garden.
Elements within the new layout include; a large, shaped lawn, framed by sculpted banks, which create a serene frame to the house, focusing the views towards the landscape beyond. New herbaceous borders, with changing colour palettes, soften the historic walls framing the south side of the house. The main drive has been remodelled to bring guests towards the attractive front facade of the house and a new formal vegetable and cut flower garden has been created.
A new parkland has been planted, to offer a more inspiring outlook from the house, together with a new wildlife pond. This has been surrounded by flower rich meadows and copse woodlands, some of which, in time, will provide a timber source for the new woodchip boiler.
Finally, low-maintenance and attractive schemes were created for some of the tenanted cottage gardens.
We introduced the client to a new gardener to help maintain the gardens and we are still involved, offering regular management and design advice.