Old Rectory, Cambridgeshire

Old Rectory Garden, Cambridgeshire

Nestled in the picturesque countryside just outside Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, lies a charming old rectory and garden with an idyllic setting. This delightful property offers far-reaching views across the tranquil and verdant landscape of Cambridgeshire. A true gem of rural England, the old rectory underwent significant transformation, including the addition of an indoor pool and stables. To seamlessly integrate these new spaces into the overall design for the old rectory garden, the owners enlisted the expertise of Tom, resulting in a harmonious blend of traditional and modern landscaping elements.

The collaboration with Tom proved to be an inspired choice. His vision for the gardens breathed new life into the old rectory’s surroundings, creating an inviting and enchanting outdoor space that complements the property’s historical charm while embracing contemporary elements.

Traditional roses and meticulously sculpted topiary found their place alongside modern, low-maintenance perennial schemes that elegantly extended around the newer buildings. This juxtaposition of classic and contemporary landscaping elements adds depth and character to the gardens, creating a vibrant and dynamic outdoor environment.


The Kitchen Garden

The kitchen garden, designed by Tom, is a testament to thoughtful and sustainable horticultural practices. Raised beds, constructed from reclaimed sleepers, serve as the foundation for a bountiful and diverse array of crops. This design not only adds a rustic and charming element to the old rectory garden but also promotes efficient and organised gardening, making it easier to tend to the plants and harvest the fruits of the land.

A hand-laid herringbone brick path elegantly connects the various elements of the kitchen garden. This meticulously crafted pathway not only enhances the visual appeal of the space but also provides a practical and inviting route for those who wish to explore and tend to the garden’s bounty. It’s a place where the tactile experience of the brick underfoot is complemented by the vibrant colours and scents of the surrounding flora.


In addition to the functional aspects of the garden, Thomas Hoblyn’s design also emphasises the importance of creating a serene and welcoming environment. The old rectory gardens surrounding the house are thoughtfully laid out to encourage relaxation and outdoor enjoyment. Whether it’s a quiet morning stroll, a leisurely afternoon tea, or an evening of stargazing, the gardens offer a perfect backdrop for moments of tranquillity and connection with nature.

The integration of the new indoor pool and stables into the garden design further enhances the property’s appeal. These modern additions have been seamlessly incorporated into the existing landscape, providing both functionality and aesthetic continuity. The gardens act as a seamless bridge between the historical charm of the old rectory and the contemporary amenities that make this property a true haven of comfort and luxury.

Tom has worked on several old rectory gardens these can be viewed by looking at his other projects including The Old Rectory, Suffolk