In 1916, the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture at Charleston. Charleston became the country meeting place of the Bloomsbury group and the couple went on to live together there for nearly 50 years.
Farmhouse Garden This beautiful property was a derelict farm yard with only the remnants of the original garden layout. Our plans allowed for the gardens to wrap around a courtyard of stunning farm buildings made into the most beautiful contemporary living space. Our client is passionate about colour in the garden and
Arne Maynard:We re-established the main route into the house, forming an outer court by planting ancient espalier pears and commissioning a bespoke oak gate, inspired by wooden spindles from within the house, as the main entrance through the walls. The front court itself is now filled with fragrant lavender, violas, geraniums, and mature yew topiaries, and is surrounded by orchards, wildflower meadows and a kitchen garden of raised beds and architectural oak fruit cages.