Country house

Designed by Debbie Roberts MSGD and Ian Smith MSGD of Acres Wild

The dream

The property is a Grade II listed early 18th-century country house which at one time belonged to Woburn Abbey. For a while after the Second World War, it was used as a school, before being split into separate properties in the mid-1960s. The present owners had restored the building to an elegant family home and were seeking to create a garden to suit. They commissioned Sussex-based design partnership Acres Wild to provide the creative expertise needed.

The transformation

Having worked successfully with Acres Wild over many years, The Garden Company was delighted to be entrusted with the build of this prestigious project.  Working closely with Debbie and Ian, they applied their craftmanship and attention to detail to construct a beautiful space on the south side of the house. This comprised of: a broad, paved terrace, framed in herbaceous planting and a large lawn, separated from the pasture beyond by a gently curving modern ha-ha. The whole view is framed in a thick woodland edge, creating a sense of rest and privacy. A large, rectangular pool provides a contemporary touch.

Herbaceous planting of flat-headed Sedums, swathes of Nepeta and Perovskia atriplicifolia frames the pool and looks especially graceful. Back at the entrance, there is a new meadow on a grand scale.  Planted from seed, it promises an abundance of wildflowers and grasses in the years to come.

The clients were so delighted with the close collaboration between Acres Wild and The Garden Company that they were invited to work together again on a further development project (The Japanese Garden).

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