Garden designer practises what he preaches at home
The Coach House, Horsefair, Boroughbridge. Price: £479,500. Contact: Beadnall Copley, Ripon. tel: 01765 698 100, www.beadnallcopley.co.uk AFTER a busy few days at the Yorkshire Show, landscape architect Tom Walker will be able to relax in his own garden this weekend.
Tom, who works for Gillespies, led the design team that created the Welcome to Yorkshire Rhubarb, Crumble and Custard garden that won applause at the Yorkshire Show this week and was presented with the People’s Choice Award (Small Garden) and a Silver Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.
There was no back garden, just top soil and a few grass seeds, when Tom and his wife Colette bought their newly-converted coach house home in Boroughbridge nine years ago.
But it is now a haven set in woodland with a framework of mature and unusual trees including cedars, hemlock, oak, sycamore and red oak.
It includes a seating area with a sculptural drystone wall that acts a key feature and helps retain the beds of herbaceous perennial and exotic Phormium and Palm plantings.
New French doors connect inside and outside and extensive garden lighting gives a dramatic theatrical effect at night and Tom created a reed bed fed by rainwater from the roof.
It is packed with Flag Iris, reeds and two Gunera Manicata.
“The inspiration was to create a lush oasis with plenty of texture and year round interest, but one that did not require too much maintenance.
“We wanted to create a garden that could be used for outside dining in the summer but also a garden that looked good during the long winter nights, as the living room has windows on three sides,” says Tom.
“We also wanted to encourage wildlife, use local natural materials and minimise run off into the drainage system, as I wanted to practise what I preach in my professional life as a landscape architect.”
The front garden also holds a wonderful surprise for wouldbe buyers. It has a large tree house. Indoors, the coach house has a sitting room, dining room, breakfast kitchen, cloakroom and utility room.
To the first floor there is a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and walk in wardrobe, together with three further double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a family bathroom.
Outside there is a long single integral garage and two garden sheds and there is planning permission to extend the property.
The Walkers are selling to move to another house nearby. “It’s a house that belongs to our friends and we’ve always admired it, otherwise we wouldn’t move,” says Colette.
“This is a lovely place and it’s hidden away in a tranquil spot right in the centre of Boroughbridge.”
GREEN OASIS: The Coach House at Boroughbridge benefited from owner Tom Walker’s garden design skills.