An ambitious garden in a secluded valley in Cornwall

Built into a steep slope in an idyllic valley in Cornwall, this new build eco-home on the site of an old dairy needed a new garden to help it settle into the landscape. With two main areas of focus - the internal courtyard and the meadow garden at the front of the house - the design had to unite the house with its suroundings and create a new garden that had a sense of place and heritage. 
The design has broken up the courtyard into usable garden rooms, creating interest and a sense of journey. It is loosely based on the idea of a cloistered courtyard, with a series of pathways running around a central space. The steep level changes and surrounding buildings mean that it could feel overlooked and hemmed in, so ensuring the level changes were generous in width was important.

The garden is broken up into a series of interlocking spaces, connected by gravel paths inset with slate laid on edge to add texture and interest. A water feature, constructed from a stone trough and RSJ steel, is a nod to its agricultural heritage while pleached crab apples and a number of small specimen trees chosen for their blossom and rounded habit bring softness and scale. 
Architects : Wolden

Location : North Cornwall

Status : Due to build 2024