Garden Design for Listed Cottage, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent
This is a Grade II listed fifteenth century cottage within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. LHLA was invited to prepare a garden design to rationalise the entrance, create a private rear garden and improve access between the house and the garden.
The back door was left permanently open and replaced by a glass door, filling the living room with light and opening up views of the garden for the first time. A curved brick path leads to the circular terrace, and a stepped ramp replaces steep uneven steps to the upper garden. The front garden was opened up to allow views out across the valley over a low cistus hedge. Traditional cottage garden planting includes acanthus, cardoon, iris, foxglove, delphinium, shrub and climbing roses, lavender, hollyhock, peony, Mexican daisy, honeysuckle and clematis.