The Garden at Stoneacre
The garden at Stoneacre is both dramatic and domestic, showing, on a familiar scale, what a garden can be.
The front garden is split in two by an old ragstone wall. The first room is dominated by a Ginkgo biloba tree planted by Aymer Valance in the 1920s. When in leaf, this beautiful tree washes the garden in a gentle yellow light that enhances the greens and gives us a starting point for the colour pallet. Under the Ginkgo the plants are predominantly yellow in flower with purple leaved shrubs providing a counterpoint. Over the wall the colours heat up and intensify with purples, reds and oranges dominating the colour themed borders. The planting in the front of the house is bold and oversized, with cottage garden favourites mixing with unusual shrubs and bulbs galore.
At the back of the house you’ll find a more natural aesthetic with long grass and old orchard trees. The orchard offers views to the distant North Downs hills and closer up, provides a spectacular view of the back of the house, where the layers of history are clear to see.
From the orchard, the garden slopes steeply down to the meadow where a path mown through the long grass that leads you round the property. In the meadow the air is thick with birdsong and the babble of water from the spring that runs consistently all year round. Down here you’ll find some beautiful mature specimen trees and you’ll see a different perspective of the stunning house.