Among the well-kept front gardens of a Wealden high street, the garden of one pretty Georgian villa stands out. This one features a few slightly more unusual plants and the space has been carefully utilised. Perhaps this should not be a surprise, for the house belongs to Kate Ball, a garden designer who is responsible for many of the loveliest private gardens in the Weald as well as the prize-winning Willsley Pound roundabout in Cranbrook. 

the duck-egg blue drawing room, at the front of the house, was added on in the Georgian period. The painting on the right-hand side of the fireplace is by Frittenden artist Anne-Catherine Phillips

The duck-egg blue drawing room, at the front of the house, was added on in the Georgian period. The painting on the right-hand side of the fireplace is by Frittenden artist Anne-Catherine Phillips

the kitchen is in the remains of the old Wealden hall house

The kitchen is in the remains of the old Wealden hall house

the handmade cupboards and exposed brick chimney breast in the kitchen create a country feel

The handmade cupboards and exposed brick chimney breast in the kitchen create a country feel

the brick paved passageway leads through the scullery to the garden

The brick paved passageway leads through the scullery to the garden

stripped pine and floral quilts in the spare bedroom continue the pretty country theme

Stripped pine and floral quilts in the spare bedroom continue the pretty country theme

the millitary red walls in the hall provide the perfect backdrop for Kate’s collection of prints and mirrors

The millitary red walls in the hall provide the perfect backdrop for Kate’s collection of prints and mirrors

cream panelling and a roll-top bath in the bathroom

Cream panelling and a roll-top bath in the bathroom

the main bedroom has lilac walls and ivory curtains. The lithograph above the bed is French

The main bedroom has lilac walls and ivory curtains. The lithograph above the bed is French

At the end of the garden is Kate’s pride and joy: a garden office which she designed and had hand built. Inside, her drawing board has sketches and planting lists for gardens that she is currently working on...

At the end of the garden is Kate’s pride and joy: a garden office which she designed and had hand built. Inside, her drawing board has sketches and planting lists for gardens that she is currently working on

a brick path leads from the house to the garden

A brick path leads from the house to the garden

the pergola in Autumn

The pergola in Autumn

a terraced area outside Kate’s office is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the garden in the October sunshine

A terraced area outside Kate’s office is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the garden in the October sunshine

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Cherry Whytock

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