Delivering an authentically aged outdoor space inspired by rural France

A truly considered outdoor space that not only complimented our client’s home, but also showcased their love of rural France. We designed the garden in-house and collaborated with our client to ensure the design was as they envisioned and more.

Project Recognition


Designed & built by RAA in collaboration with the homeowner

RAA Team

Russell Ryder
Richard Schaffler-Sturman
Andy Rutherford
Stephen Jennings
Nico Arlotti
Ashley Middlewick

It’s all in the detail

To establish an authentic rural outdoor space, we sourced reclaimed materials from around the country and wider Europe- including fruit trees from specialist suppliers and bespoke tiles from France. These materials were vital to help create an aged but timeless feel to the garden, whilst creating unique features throughout the to escape into. 

Bespoke features

The space includes five water features, an orchard, a wooden jetty and a bespoke barn – built with the Barn Partnership.

The space 

We knew this project demanded more than your average development, so it deserved the time invested to translate such a precise vision. We incorporated two separate plots totalling 1.2 acres which transformed the footprint of the landscape and gave us the space to create a truly immersive landscape with exquisite features.

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Partnership: Tom Stuart-Smith
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