Rural Relaxation

Completed in 2005, this country homestead rests above a 400-acre working cattle farm in Australia’s Hunter Valley wine region and was awarded regional construction of the year in 2008. Designed by Michael Cooke Garden Design and built and maintained by Nature’s Vision Landscaping, this country residence called for a widespread landscaping project.

Climate, drought and appropriate irrigation systems all presented challenges to the success of this landscape project, set amongst the rolling plains of Australia’s famous wine region. Plant selection was a crucial factor and needed to allow for frost hardy species that were also drought tolerant.

Expansive gardens were curated throughout the adjacent house paddock, combining various paved areas and pathways using Hawkesbury Architectural Concrete pavers. Large-scale driveway works were also carried out and work seamlessly with the overall size of the landscape. The large garden and lawn areas progressively decrease in scale from avenue plantings to a herb garden, all of which are irrigated using harvested water.

Ongoing maintenance has seen this grand scale rural retreat flourish, even in the region’s unforgiving climate. The outcome is a perfectly integrated and beautiful rural garden that allows for the scale of the property but also the intimate needs of a family garden.