Intended as a retreat for its owner – a place to read, to paint, to garden and to entertain – the folly is sited high on the slope of a hill bordering vegetable and flower gardens.
The original design included a core studio for painting and drawing, and as a library for books. An adjoining screen porch with low ceiling and deep overhangs frame the views; and while set back under trellised vines, it creates a sense of “within” the natural surroundings. The entire structure has a very low profile to imbue a sense of complimenting the site. Louvered walls in the rear, inspired by Asian design, provide a sense of privacy while allowing the summer breezes to pass through.
The main Garden House is to be used as a potting shed while a storage barn and shed complete the complex.