Traditional Courtyard in Belgravia

Vintage garden in Belgravia

I call this Belgravia my new vintage garden… this is because it has all the elements of good old fashioned style and beauty. It is contemporary in as much as it has good clean lines, white walls and unfussy planting but it also has wonderful paving of the highest quality and York stone to accentuate the top quality of materials used. The house itself has been renovated and redecorated to the highest specifications by a leading interior designer; she has used stunning silk wallpapers, stencilled walls and stone staircases juxtaposed with smooth concrete flooring in the kitchen and dramatic carpets in the main reception rooms with beautiful classical English and French furniture and window dressings.

Small Belgravia courtyard garden

This small Belgravia garden was overgrown and untidy. The conservatory on the back which leads to the courtyard garden was taken down and totally rebuilt. This in itself produced a challenge for me as a small courtyard garden very often cries out for the minimalist touch but I felt strongly that this would not fit comfortably with the rest of the changes taking place to the property.  However I also realised that the garden had to have a designer look and should be rich in good materials and perfect style in keeping with the interior of the house.  The owners wanted a place in which to entertain, a water feature, low maintenance and good lighting as the garden is integral to the house. The garden is still unfinished and we are expecting to put in a statue within the flower beds and beautiful clay planters on the corners of the terrace.


For the paving we used the finest Buscot limestone from Artisans of Devizes.

We widened the steps and used bullnosed York paving mitred into the limestone which looked fabulous and we matched this York for the coping on the fountain area, which also acts as a seat around the pond.  The water feature was a copy of a 19th century lead model called “Face in Reeds”.

For the lighting we used John Cullen lighting

We found a beautiful old “strap” iron bench to sit in the garden to give the feeling of time.

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