Brought up in the tropics, I have never lost my awe of the beautiful chameleon landscape in which I now find myself nor have I lost my admiration for those who work within this landscape to create gardens so at one with the skies, fields and forests that surround them.

In the bay window is an intimate table for two she found at Mark Maynard in Tunbridge Wells

In the bay window is an intimate table for two she found at Mark Maynard in Tunbridge Wells

During the summer months the open fireplace nestles behind a duck egg blue screen that Patricia has painted. She has also made the striped blinds from a Laura Ashley fabric

During the summer months the open fireplace nestles behind a duck egg blue screen that Patricia has painted. She has also made the striped blinds from a Laura Ashley fabric

Everywhere there are beautiful objects – glassware, china, a vintage oil lamp – the like of which are rarely found in a property to be entrusted, even briefly, to Joe Public

Everywhere there are beautiful objects – glassware, china, a vintage oil lamp – the like of which are rarely found in a property to be entrusted, even briefly, to Joe Public

A door from the sitting room leads into the kitchen, which is surprisingly large for a small cottage

A door from the sitting room leads into the kitchen, which is surprisingly large for a small cottage

It has been beautifully kitted out with pride of place going to a dresser from Mark Maynard which Patricia has painted in F&B Light Blue

It has been beautifully kitted out with pride of place going to a dresser from Mark Maynard which Patricia has painted in F&B Light Blue

The bedroom is papered in a blue Laura Ashley print. The windows are swathed in romantic cascades of snow-white muslin from Ikea. The couple found the bedroom suite in the Friday Ad

The bedroom is papered in a blue Laura Ashley print. The windows are swathed in romantic cascades of snow-white muslin from Ikea. The couple found the bedroom suite in the Friday Ad

The en suite bathroom is predictably lovely and the separate loo features a glorious Gothic wrought-iron window

The en suite bathroom is predictably lovely and the separate loo features a glorious Gothic wrought-iron window

Patricia has placed beautiful arrangements of freshly cut blooms throughout the house

Patricia has placed beautiful arrangements of freshly cut blooms throughout the house

The cottage features breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside and across the idyllic garden

The cottage features breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside and across the idyllic garden

“We wanted a garden at peace with its landscape – a garden that evolved from the fields and woodland,” says Patricia.

“We wanted a garden at peace with its landscape – a garden that evolved from the fields and woodland,” says Patricia.

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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