Modern feel for a Medieval Garden

Brief: The client of this Grade 2* medieval town house asked for a design that had a modern feel to it but which complemented the house. There were just two requirements - a moon gate and a hot tub..... 

Due to the age of the property I worked with both the local planning department and a local archeologist during the design and construction of the garden.

Solution:  The design included a new seating area along with a simple herb garden in four, large square raised beds, a nod to medieval gardens, along with a calming water feature. Rusty CorTen steel was chosen to give a clean modern edge and to complement the orange brick of the surrounding garden walls. To avoid excessive excavations on site we decided to leave the paved area close to the house alone, planting a low yew hedge to help divide the garden up into distinct areas. 

A cedar hot tub was sunken into a hardwood deck with access from the guest house and garden. 

Working with a local steel fabricator I designed a bespoke CorTen steel Moon Gate to divide the newly levelled lawn of the more formal area of the garden with a small woodland area, complete with woodland path, uplit birch trees and spring bulbs.

Pleached hornbeam screen neighouring building.

Modern benches and planters by Urbis. Cedar clad Garden Studio by Ecospace.

© Claire Moreno 2014