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Plans to reinstate the garden to its past glory are already
underway. There will be hundreds of bulbs, dozens of trees,
extensive dry-stone walls and a heritage rose garden. A swimming
pool built into the hill, complete with water wall and deck, will
overlook the house and the town.
A gazebo-cum-teahouse will proffer an all-seasons seating
option, and a cafe will see tables and chairs spilling from the
verandah to the garden. A purpose-built f unction room is planned,
enhancing Laurelville’s appeal as a potential wedding venue. There
will still be room for the chooks, whose daily lay of a dozen eggs
supplies the Laurelville kitchen.
Said kitchen is also on the drawing board for a revamp, now that
resident cook Sandra has had a year to get a feel for it. That’s on the
wishlist, along with an organic kitchen garden and a two-storey
dwelling at the back of the house from which the owners, currently
residing in the manor, can survey the scene.
“I thought the house was a big piece of work, but the garden is
bigger,” says Sandra. While “classic, but not fuddy-duddy” is the
note they’ve struck with the house, the formidable grounds will
hark back to a different era, when gardens really were gardens.
“What we want in the long run is that people will come here as much
for the garden as for the B&B.” I
Clawfoot bath from Recollections, blind from
Blinds By Derrick Sambrook. Pendant lights
and vanities both from Kyla Colvin Design.
Collograph by Gabrielle Woodhams.
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