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Situated in the scenic Digteby Estate, just west of the historic Winelands town of Stellenbosch, the owners required a manicured garden to mirror the grand, historic homestead and picturesque surroundings. The budget was substantial, thus numerous hard and soft landscaping elements were employed to create a formal garden design.

The design brief was exceedingly complex, with differing themed areas within one large garden; ideas were numerous and difficult to marry. The piazza courtyard needed to have a Mediterranean feel; the front lawn, a formal and genteel atmosphere; the owner’s garden, a Bushveld indigenous theme; the zen-space, a Japanese-inspired look; the pool area required a warm, sub-tropical ambience. The unlikely juxtaposition of incongruent outdoor spaces was a complex one. The site is also sloped, making the construction of tiered levels and retaining walls a necessity. This lent itself to the vertical spatial positioning of each themed “outdoor room.” In fact, topographical complexity, is what made marrying these eclectic elements possible.

Due to the hefty capital investment in the landscaping, its nocturnal usage was a must. Thus, landscape lighting was extensive, impressive and awe-inspiring; using various plant up-lights, high-powered spots for the existing palms, plus more subdued LED path-lights and stair-lights.

The boutique hotel before landscaping

The boutique hotel before landscaping

The boutique hotel after landscaping

The boutique hotel after landscaping

PDF’s of the CAD landscape plans:

Overview: L101
Soft Landscaping Trees: L102
Soft Landscaping Shrubs: L103
Groundworks Plan: L104
Electrical Plan: E101

Photos Upon Completion

View from the front balcony of the finished garden, yet unfinished pool

View from the front balcony of the finished garden, yet unfinished pool

Recently planted pool area from the lookout

Recently planted pool area from the lookout

The piazza courtyard

The piazza courtyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos 3 Years Later

Tree ferns on the side of the owners' house

Tree ferns on the side of the owners’ house

The luxuriant pool area

The luxuriant pool area

Pool area from the palm lookout

Pool area from the palm lookout

The main lawn and hotel undergoing renovations

The main lawn and hotel undergoing renovations

The piazza breakfast courtyard

The piazza courtyard

The owner's courtyard and pond

The owner’s courtyard and pond

 

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