GUTHENS/UKIYO, COVERACK

Iron Orchid collaborated with interior designer Kathryn Tyler to design and construct the outdoor space for this luxury Unique Homestay holiday property in Coverack, on Cornwall’s south coast.

Brief:

Create a private garden where guests can immerse themselves in the stunning coastal setting. The landscaping was to be in harmony with the minimal, industrial aesthetic of the building’s contemporary makeover. Essential elements: hot tub, barbeque and sociable seating. 

Challenges:

Steep, restricted access | intricate fencing on steep bank | bespoke concrete casting required on site | planting for year round interest and privacy in a south facing yet exposed coastal location.

Solution:

The articulated, black painted fence to the north gives instant privacy, complementing the composite aluminium windows and providing a striking backdrop to a luscious bank of half-hardy foliage planting including: Tetrapanax, Melianthus major, Echium, Agapanthus, Furcraea longaeva and Zantedeschia. We constructed a granite stone wall to retain the steep front bank, interspersed with drought tolerant planting Stipa gigantea, Stipa tenuissima, Carex buchananii and Brachyglottis. Wind tolerant hedging Olearia traversii acts as a windbreak, enclosing the side garden. Coastal flowering perennials and grasses to the south give year round colour and movement that can be appreciated from both inside and outside seating areas without obscuring the far reaching sea views. Use of locally sourced, hard materials sit comfortably with the architectural integrity of the minimalist building.

Outcome:

An oasis of seclusion without compromising the expansive sea views. Featured in magazines & travel supplements, fully booked on premium rates for the foreseeable future with glowing reviews.  This site is possibly the most benign micro climate we have discovered for one of our favourite hardy exotic plant schemes to thrive. 

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