Everyone wants a house with a garden these days, with the pandemic causing a fundamental shift in what we want from our homes.
Gardens have become our sanctuaries and, during the year of the pandemic, they have been our outdoor living playgrounds and staycation destinations. But what if your new garden covered an area of 1.5 acres? What stunning garden design ideas would you include in your space?
This spectacular home (opens in new tab) with an enormous garden in Aldingbourne, near Chichester in Sussex, is a masterclass in showing just how much can be done with an acre or two of land. Incredibly well-planned and stunningly executed, the garden features a meadow area and a lily pond with stylish decking ideas – perfect for lounging and relaxing during the summer.
The informal, wilder areas contrast with formal patio areas designed with a contemporary flair to a high spec. All the outdoor furniture has a minimalist design, and the layout of the patio areas is uncluttered, with plenty of room for entertaining.
There is a specially allocated outdoor dining area finished in a light stone with a barbecue and additional seating for alfresco dining. Mature trees alongside the patio offer plenty of shade from the hot sun.
The barn style garaging includes a useful workshop and storage area above, with a substantial log store.
The garden also offers a fabulous opportunity to grow your own, with a kitchen garden area that includes a greenhouse and a grass fringed rill abutting the terrace. With such a large area, this garden covers virtually any use of outdoor space one can imagine, from self-sustaining gardening to secluded leisure in a stunning location.
Last but not least, the garden really shapes the character of the contemporary home – it can be viewed from all rooms, and additional terraced areas allow for direct access. The contemporary design of the four-bed, three-bath property frames the luscious greenery outside. The Aldingbourne house is listed for sale for £2,950,000.
Anna is a keen urban gardener, with David Austin roses and Japanese acers among her favourite plants. She moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space a couple of years ago. She's always been interested in how people make houses into homes, and how our concepts of what's stylish change over time.
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