This nineteenth century chapel would welcome its visitors through a door forming part of a most striking but simple arrangement of geometrical brick features on its road facing gable front end. Completing the symmetry, these features had been set between engage-columned corners forming wall and roof supporting brickwork. The corbelled corners reach upwards with more than a nod towards classical architectural pillar styles. Such an iconic village building, although now ‘old’, has been gracefully domesticated and extended and is quietly situated in this area designated as of outstanding natural beauty. Stepping across the threshold with its ordered function and out this time to the rear garden terrace and beyond required a continuity of thought that has resulted in a similar blend of geometric and classical form.
A bold garden design with regular but restrained paver pattern, rectilinear gravel areas, specimen tree highlights, box hedging borders, rectangular pond ornament with central circular stone water fountain framed by a horizontal beam carried on columns, and, to one side, and finishing this base garden structure, a round stone columned pergola for those communal family and friends gatherings to be held beneath natural timbered beams. Under foot, a colour palette with muted red colours bordered by fine grey colour gravel with natural limestone columns and heritage pond surround / feature - all wired and lit for a night time outdoor experience - this together with black ironwork furniture rising from the level terrace to bring harmony to the space. Above everything though, a garden design that gives way to nature's picture; big skies and the distant hedge lines across wide open fields. And, not forgetting of course, for those special warm harvest-like evenings, the placing of an ornate iron seat upon which a kneeler may perhaps be set down to gaze at windrowed vistas