Jonathan ford landscape architect

Stonesfield House, Combe, Oxfordshire

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Panoramic views to the Evenlode Valley

Client: Private

Landscape Architect: Jonathan Ford.

Main Contractors: Country Landscaping, G Stirling Lee Dry Stone Walling, Cotswold Estate & Garden Services.

Major Design Elements: The landscape and garden design included native tree and shrub screening and shelterbelts; dry stone walling, raised planters and turret with yorkstone coping; reshaping of drives and stable yard; planting including semi-mature trees and mature hedges and relocation of existing trees and shrubs; paving and refurbishment of gate piers and gates.

Value of Capital Works: Private

This house is set in three acres - including a two-acre paddock - on the edge of the village of Combe, Oxfordshire and in the Cotswolds AONB. The garden faces towards the south and southwest with panoramic views down towards the Evenlode Valley. The stone house has been extended several times: most recently a glass walled dining room extension has been built to take advantage of the views and evening sun.

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The needs of people...

Both distant views from across the valley and near views from the adjacent lane needed managing with both privacy and security in mind whilst also appearing welcoming within this village community. The glass extension and swimming pool needed integrating into the more traditional country garden. Provision needed to be made for the children's ponies.

the laws of nature and of building...

Responsibilities included liaison with other design professionals working on the new extension and oversight of the dry stone walling, forestry planting, and general landscape works.

the desire for beauty.

Removal or lowering of hedges has opened up the best elements of the panoramic view. Reworking of the terraces and planting altered the orientation of the view shifting the emphasis from due south to southwest towards the evening sun and the receding horizons of the hills.