Wappingthorn Court – verdant opulence for a Sussex country house.

Click here to view the case studyWhen these clients contacted us, they had recently moved to this beautiful, traditional country house.  In its vernacular style, with some elevations completely in flint with brick quoins, others with oak-framed uppers, it is both charming and impressive.  Sadly, its gardens had an air of austerity and neglect, and the clients wanted radical change.

This case study shows the progress of the scheme in four important areas – the front, the terrace, the garage block and an apron to the north of the house.  Some of our sketches are included to illustrate the working method we adopted here. Most of all, we hope that you will agree that the end result is a garden that greatly enhances the house, softening it and adding to its sense of romance.  At the front, we ensured that there would be flowers in abundance, with something beautiful to look at every day. And the rear terrace provides an excellent setting for entertaining that cleverly creates intimacy in a large space, whilst making the best of an excellent location looking to the South Downs.

Both of our clients were heavily occupied with the internal remodelling of the house, and we quickly recognised that they would prefer to entrust the detail of hard landscaping design, its planting and execution to us.

Click here to view the case studyThe clients did have very clear objectives for the scheme, and, naturally, they wanted to be sure that we would meet their requirements. We therefore agreed that we would avoid burdening them with long lists of plants or planting plans.  Instead, we would produce fast, but accurate, hand-drawn sketches that would allow our client to see at a glance in pictures how the house and garden would look.  This made for a productive and economical dialogue about the most significant choices, which made the best use of our clients’ time and allowed us to keep our costs down. Click here to see more or click here to go back.


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