Country House, Surrey

A stone’s throw from The Devil’s Punchbowl, Surrey, this Neo-Palladian house was built on the site of an existing house demolished in the 1970s. The 9 acre grounds sit in a valley surrounded by classic acid AONB heathland with plenty of water. It had been extensively landscaped with wonderful dry-stone terraces planted with a fantastic collection of rhododendrons and their allies. Mosses and ferns had naturally colonised the woodland floor, reminiscent of the famous Cornish estates.

Our brief was to harmoniously anchor the house within its surroundings and create a ‘gateway’ into the gardens to rationalise the front entrance. This is a ‘work in progress’ project as the first phase is complete and we have successfully gained planning consent to a series of lakes and streams.