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Contemporary Classic

This young garden is the brainchild of Patrick and Lois Bellew. Lois is a well-known textile artist and Patrick runs AtelierTen, an environmentally sustainable architects practice designed in 2018 in partnership with the garden designer, Fiona Harr


GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken

Feature No:   5044 

Qty of Images:    69 


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It was 2015 when the couple moved to The Barn, drawn by the tranquil views over farmland that stretch as far as the eye can see. At the time, the house sat in splendid isolation in a one-acre field with nothing more than a small concrete patio, plunge pool and hawthorns enclosing two sides. For two years, they lived with the existing garden, keeping careful notes, and discovering just how windy it can be and how unexpectedly heavy the clay soil. After consulting Fiona Harrison, a layout evolved that combines contemporary living areas around the house with sweeping views across the lawns to wildflowers and hidden corners. Work was completed in 2018. The garden is now maturing quickly with the help of a number of trees. A pergola clad in wisteria leads to a boardwalk that steps through borders packed with euphorbia, phlomis, salvia, irises, geums and scabious, before arriving at the main terrace that stretches the length of the rear of the barn, incorporating several eating areas between a kitchen garden to the west, and contemporary daybed swing to the east. To the north, the land has been landscaped into banks where wildflowers grow, leading to the far corner where there is a Japanese style garden and raised deck to watch the sun go down over the surrounding farmland. Patrick has a passion for contemporary sculpture such as the stone balancing piece from Adrian Gray.



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