A kick-asana sunken garden

In the final part of our Ascot garden diary, we look back at how we designed an unusual outdoor yoga space for the client...

The client wanted somewhere calm and restful between the two wings of the house, where the family could practice yoga. As the lowest part of the garden, this area presented many challenges – not least, the eight manholes that had to be incorporated or removed and some awkward levels to overcome.

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“With water levels already high, we came up with the idea of a cantilevered deck over a serene pool, which offered stimulation of multiple senses and would relate well with an adjacent indoor swimming pool,” says Rob.

“Incorporating Portland stone (which we also used on the terrace), the contrasting plantings included tightly clipped yew in topiary frames, created by a local blacksmith, and structural grasses and bamboo – with inspiration taken from The Irish Sky Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2011.

“With views of almost the entire garden from this vantage point, we like to imagine our client and her family sitting quietly here and absorbing the transformation that has taken place in this remarkable garden.”

Transformed here ready for a wedding breakfast....

Transformed here ready for a wedding breakfast....