Late summer in new Somerset garden

7 November 2016
Grasses in front of one of the picture windows
Grasses in front of one of the picture windows Views of the garden from inside the house Circular sunken lawn with firepit The sunken lawn with views out to the Somerset countryside The swimming pool garden is to the left of the house

We have just got our hands on some lovely photos, taken in the late summer by Graham Gaunt, of a project we undertook in Somerset between 2014 and 2016.

RMA was asked to design the gardens around a new, architect-designed barn conversion, for a private client. The gardens naturally broke down into three areas: a central courtyard overlooked by the main living accommodation (including part of a paddock to the south); an entrance drive and arrival court; and a swimming pool garden. We have given each of these spaces their own distinct character and identity, while relating them to each other as part of a coherent whole.

The design capitalises on the fine views of Corton Hill, and includes a circular sunken lawn with fire-pit, surrounded by generous beds of aromatic planting, and a grass garden with a mixture of native and ornamental grasses. The hard landscape detailing uses hand-made clay bricks to complement the house.