Hill Farm, has an interesting history being built on the site of a Roman villa. It is a beautiful Grade II listed farmhouse with seven acres of land sloping down to the River Ouse. It has far reaching views woodland views. It was a garden with some old fashioned planting beds, laid mainly to lawn that sometimes felt rather exposed being on top of the hill. The brief was to transform the garden into something special that the family could enjoy.

Hard landscaping is minimal in this garden. We wanted the planting to take centre stage. We created a myriad of informal pathways that meander through the garden and create numerous circular walks. A large flower garden hides pretty eating spaces and seating areas. It borders a large, levelled lawn and then falls away to a contemporary planting inspired by arable fields, within which hides a small above ground pool and trampoline. The path then leads to a large wildflower meadow with trees, lawn areas for summer camping and a fire pit. Throughout the garden there are places to pause awhile and enjoy a G&T on a beautiful summer evening.

This garden was featured in Garden’s Illustrated Magazine, June 2022.

Photographs: Eva Nemeth