With colourful perennial planting design and a convivial fire pit at its heart, the garden at The Bell Inn in Ticehurst offers a sociable ambience in a magical setting. Four guest lodges, slightly sunken so as not to dominate the skyline, have roofs capped with tufts of grass and the odd banana plant.
To introduce a sense of enclosure on what was essentially an exposed site, a palisade of weathered timber sleepers and seating was created to surround a central fire pit.
The surrounding low-maintenance borders are woven through with ribbons of ornamental grasses, while Spring bulbs and late-Summer dahlias introduce seasonal colour to the permanent planting.
This really is a garden designed with everyone in mind: the lunchtime visitor might find themselves in a music festival or a Frost Fair.