The owners had had their eye on the house for some time when it came up for sale. They didn't move in straight away, which gave them the time to plan what they wanted to do and to ask interior designer Caroline Harrowby to come on board. Caroline was in no doubt that this was going to be a job in a million. 'The owners both have natural good taste and my job was to interpret their ideas. I have never done such a beautiful town house - it was a complete privilege.'
As you stroll through the light and dappled shade of the grounds, it is hard to imagine that you are in the centre of a busy market town. The existing garden leading from the house was already beautiful - formal in design with a central canal, clipped hedges and a wide terrace in front of the drawing-room windows. The owner wanted to keep the formal structure but 'soften the edges'.
This was achieved in the canal garden with deep borders that are heavy with overflowing waves of subtly coloured shrubs and herbaceous plants. The project was made even more interesting by the fact that the garden conceals a further secret garden that drops away at right angles to the central lawn. As it meanders past the backs of other houses through a bosky grove, it passes an elevated, white-painted, Gothick summer house and trails down to a lower lawn dotted with clipped box, flowering trees and shrubs.
It's hard to write about a house that is so appealing - you can pile on the superlatives but they lose impact with repetition. Suffice it then to say that this town house in a country garden combines both comfort and beauty in spades.
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