English country garden

An Edwardian-style haven crafted around the house

The dream

This 2-acre garden forms the grounds of a large Edwardian house in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, near the parkland belonging to Ashridge Estate. Our clients had owned the property for 2 years when they appointed us. The previous owners had implemented rather unsympathetic materials and plants, which were out of keeping with the house and setting. Our initial brief was to redesign the main terrace with more suitable hard and softscaping, giving better synergy between house and garden.

Our insight

In keeping with Edwardian design thinking, we were keen to create a sense of sanctuary and retreat near to the house while still reflecting the wider countryside setting. It was important to create a terrace that was interwoven with the house’s Edwardian architecture, continuing and softening its geometric lines. The garden also included some glorious existing trees, possibly dating back to the origins of the property.  We were keen to complement their beauty by using vernacular, natural materials.

The transformation

Following successful completion of the terrace area and surrounding planting, we were commissioned to redesign the main drive, together with a rather unsightly area around the swimming pool. Our solution was to use traditional craftmanship and a bold, exciting planting palette.  We knew that this would work to the scale of the imposing building and garden.

A long green oak pergola walkway now links the main terrace to the swimming pool.  Importantly, this also leads the eye around the garden to the views of woodland beyond.

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