New country house and gardens designed by Cherry Mills

New Country House and Gardens, Tilford, Surrey

Our clients had bought a 9 acre country estate and plans were under way to knock down the existing house, garage and swimming pool and build a new, larger property. An existing staff cottage was to be refurbished. A landscape design was required for a series of inter connecting gardens around the house, a repositioned driveway and sufficient parking space for several cars. The design had to include a route to a new terrace at the back of the cottage for barbecuing and then down to the new large swimming pool. We were involved throughout the house construction phase and adapted the garden design several times to suit changes to the house plans and site constraints.

The new design has incorporated a raised terrace at the back of the house and steps down to the lawn in several places. There are paths around the house, separate seating areas, a new front garden and new planting around the repositioned driveway. A large number of new trees have been planted around the property. Several kinds of hedging have been planted to separate and enclose different parts of the garden. The house sits at the top of a hill, taking advantage of stunning distant views and views over the existing Rhododendron woodland on the property. The paving is grey riven Indian sandstone, with decorative brickwork set into the paving in various places. The soil is sandy and acidic, prompting the planting of a range of new Rhododendrons, Camellias and Acers. The colour scheme is predominantly whites and blues.



“We knew from the very start of our project that the landscape would play a critical role in the overall re-design of our property and was important to find the right balance between outdoor/indoor living, and connectivity of all garden areas in a way that they would be functioning equally well for entertaining, as well as offering relaxing and calm areas full of privacy. Cherry was undoubtably the best match for us, from our first meeting she listened to our ideas, took them onboard and enhanced them further creating a truly magnificent landscape design that fulfilled all our aspirations and more.

As our project is still evolving we are looking forward to seeing many more areas flourish under Cherry's watchful eye and very capable hands. We hope this to be the first of many great projects we get to cooperate. We recommend Cherry without any hesitation. With gratitude and heartfelt thanks ”

Mr and Mrs N.K., Tilford, Surrey 2021