Tarrant House is a detached, recently renovated and modernised Victorian residence situated in a picturesque village south of the downs in West Sussex. We were commissioned to design and replace the existing garden which had become overgrown and required reconfiguring to suit the revised layout of the house.
This garden design is a blend of traditional english and contemporary, consistent with the style of the house and utilising materials sympathetic to both the exterior and décor within. The design gives privacy to the substantial rear garden, minimising being overlooked by neighbouring properties and enhances space for entertaining, with provision to seat 12 people in the bespoke centrepiece gazebo complete with wood-burner BBQ and living roof.
Further spaces for entertaining are provided close to the house with quiet spaces for reflection provided in multiple locations around the garden to make the most of the sun at different times of day.
The rear garden has been designed as a garden of rooms, divided by the double pleached avenue that runs out from the house, with each space interlinked with areas of sawn limestone paving, high quality turf and white limestone gravel. The planting provides a visual journey through the space, harmonising house with garden, gazebo and kitchen garden, the latter being the main focal point looking through the house as you arrive at the front door.
In contrast to the rear the front garden respects the original victorian facade, with symmetrical planting either side of the front pathway, and box hedging lining the hardscape leading around the side the house. Pleached trees and yew heeding provide screening from properties opposite and a feature parasol-pleached Spanish Plane tree with circular tree seat creates a practical focal point.
David Loy MSGD B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture RHS Cert Horticulture SGD (Society of Garden Designers) - Registered Member