Large Arts & Crafts Style Garden, Oxted

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This large garden was carved in two by a tall yew hedge and long stone wall. To one side, the existing garden had been lovingly tended by the owners - two keen and experienced gardeners. On the other side, lay a sunken tennis court, that was no longer in use.

Space around the house and safe access were compromised by the complicated levels. The challenging brief was to return the tennis court to garden as seamlessly as possible, while creating a more expansive family terrace and improving views and access from the kitchen patio doors.

The solution brought a large York stone terrace out over the tennis court void, by building up ground, creating a small upper 'family' lawn, before the grass banked down to a lower lawn and woodland garden at the original tennis court level.

 

A brick axis path, with a metal sculptural feature provided a focal point from the house and broke up the expanse of lawn. This also created a route from the original 'upper' garden through the new lower garden, culminating in a small orchard.

The result successfully blended old with new and now, it is hard to believe that a large proportion of this elegant garden was once taken up by tarmac!

Landscape contractors: Langdale Landscapes

 

Old tennis court
Old tennis court

Dilapidated sunken tennis court divided the garden in two and created a challenge with levels.

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View from house onto old tennis court
View from house onto old tennis court

The view from the kitchen doors looked straight onto the old tennis court.

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Work in Progress
Work in Progress

Work taking place to rework levels, creating an upper 'family' lawn, connected to the house and terrace and a lower expansive lawn with stone steps.

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Finished view towards house
Finished view towards house

View looking back to the house from the woodland garden, showing banked lawn and stone steps.

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Finished view from orchard towards house
Finished view from orchard towards house

View from orchard garden across to house and terrace.

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Brick axis path
Brick axis path

Newly laid brick axis path and stone steps.

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Brick path and sculpture
Brick path and sculpture

Established planting, with metal sphere sculpture as a focal point.

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Brick axis path
Brick axis path

View along axis path.

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New terrace
New terrace

Expansive family terrace, with lower dining area and intimate upper terrace outside kitchen doors.

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Blending old and new
Blending old and new

Original York terrace, relaid and pointed, blends with new family terrace at end.

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