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Mill House, Falmouth, Cornwall

Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth Cornwall
Mill House in near Falmouth CornwallMill House in near Falmouth CornwallMill House in near Falmouth CornwallMill House in near Falmouth CornwallMill House in near Falmouth CornwallMill House in near Falmouth Cornwall

For more details please see the blog.

The mill house sits in absolutely enchanting setting, 20 acres in a secluded valley near Falmouth.

The dwelling consisted of an old mill house cut into the hill, with an annex and outbuildings. The existing garden was rather neglected, a small pond near the stream with 1970’s decking surround, dominating thickets of Rhododendron ponticum and laurel.

The Brief:
Initially we were asked along for a consultation, and produced an in depth report, with proposals, which led to producing a detailed design for the immediate gardens and old pond.

The whole project was to be landscape led, any new buildings and developments had to be complementing and harmonising with the wider landscape.

The project grew organically outward from the dwellings, fairly true to the original vision; it included reinstate the original mill pond, landforms, paths, orchards, opening up views and adding screening where necessary. Half way through the project the adjoining farm on the other side of the valley came up for sale and was brought to stop developers ruining the valley. This was brought into an amended vision.

The Design:
With such a project and the nature of the funding, it had to be undertaken in stages. In reality project like this take a lifetime and I was evolved for 7 thoroughly enjoyable years.

I go into more detail in the blog, the first pond was key to everything and was what you saw when you came up the drive to the house. We dismantled the old pond surround and dredged the pond to see what we had. I knew what I wanted to create was a sense of timelessness, as if the gardens belonged and where a natural part of the landscape. To aid, this I need old worn granite boulders, scattered through the valley bed, like glacial moraine, not over done but linking the various areas, like a broken necklace strew across the valley floor. My favourite past time stone hunting! It took time to accumulate a sufficient pallet of material to start work.

Before:

Original Pond

After:

Working with Beyond the Borders over a 7 year period to create a stunning landscape for our ancient mill home has been a journey of collaboration and discovery. Working closely with Aylwin and Nicky, they designed and landscaped core elements of our garden creating a harmonious space encompassing the ancient oaks, renovated ponds, delightful brook, and a bog and woodland garden. We recommend Beyond the Borders highly… [read more] Beyond the Borders came up first with an inventory of our extensive , mature trees and catalogued them and suggested a conservation plan that opened up and protected the majestic oaks and exposed areas of the garden that had become ignored. We then agreed a plan that was pragmatic in terms of garden maintenance and also one which allowed us to learn and develop our paths into becoming gardeners as we were enthusiastic amateurs at best. It was a lovely, creative experience which allowed us to learn and grow with the garden. It led to the introduction of a bog garden with a walkway made of wood reclaimed from the old Falmouth docks. They re-designed our main pond and took away the harsh decking and, invasive ponticum and concrete and replaced it with an organic space with natural stones, granite , a lovely introduction of a pouring stone that took its flow from the stream and a peaceful planting scheme that matured and became a real joy to sit by and reflect. One thing I should say is that Aylwin has a great love of large stones and is fastidious at hunting them out around unexpected places of the County, often buried in farmers’ fields; and he found them at extraordinarily agricultural prices. His passion for all things that look and feel organic and calming and peaceful has seemlessly transferred itself into our garden and our lives.

Beyond the Borders designed a planting scheme for a woodland garden which we had great fun in planting together. They re-landscaped a previously ignored area of lower hillside and designed and helped create a leet pond to re-create what used to be there many years ago and which used to power the mill. We planted trees that cast their shadow over the water and it was a magical place to be. We created new paths all around the property, leading to different places to sit and reflect.

A garden is a special place and Aylwin and Nicky had tremendous empathy for it, and for the path of learning that we wanted to go on. It feels like a journey we have been on very much together, in collaboration and as stewards of a very special place. It has been a huge pleasure to work together. Needless to say, we recommend Beyond the Borders very highly and have thoroughly appreciated being able to work together and being able to create something we all feel so proud of.
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Mr & Mrs Deering
Falmouth Cornwall
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