The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells

Last week saw the start of a very exciting and very local landscaping project at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells.

The elegant hotel currently boasts some of the prettiest gardens locally and has recently started really utilising the outdoor space at the hotel. Visitors and residents alike have enjoyed summer garden parties and cinema nights under the stars, as well as holding a very popular local and live music festival. The hotel also has a licensed gazebo which has been used for outdoor wedding ceremonies…until now.

Sandstone owner and designer Ali Dempster has redesigned the hotel’s rear garden to take full advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings and to complement Chilstone’s Ionic Temple, which has been commissioned by the Spa Hotel predominantly as an outdoor wedding venue.

The Temple

The hand crafted temple will replace the existing gazebo (which will be relocated onsite) and will have just three rows of balustrade at the rear of the building, enabling guests to enjoy a fuller view of a wedding ceremony. A nine inch ball atop the lead effect fibreglass domed roof will complete this amorous garden building which is not only practical but picturesque as well.  The temple complies with all the necessary legislation surrounding a civil wedding ceremony and can also be used for other events including jazz evenings, string quartets and alfresco dining, not to mention photo opportunities. The building can be decorated with garlands of flowers and drapes to compliment the theme of an event.

Ionic Temple with lead effect domed roof, handmade by Chilstone in Kent.

The Landscaping

Our brilliant landscaping team will create a multi-tier amphitheatre style area finished with box hedging and soft lighting. These tiers, rather than one large expanse, will create an intimate feel regardless if the number of guests is 50 or 250. The focal point of the garden will be the wedding temple, supplied by Chilstone of Langton Green who are renowned for their stonework. The temple will have a backdrop of the rest of the gardens and a view across the golf course.

The Planting

In summer, the green foliage of the formal clipped hedges and lawns and some white flowering shrubs will provide a blank canvas to be tailored to each couple’s theme. In spring, the blossom from cherry trees, predominantly white or pink, will be in flower. Standard trees can be decorated with ribbons and a number of Chilstone urns will be available to be filled with flowers for maximum impact. Our friends at Hever based How Green Nursery will be supplying all the plants, trees and hedging for the project.

The project is due to be completed by Christmas and so far the team have made excellent progress. This week the hedges have begun to be lifted and replanted to start to form the shape of the new wedding area, and the path to the old gazebo has been lifted and the gazebo moved to it’s new site in the garden.

The team and machines in action this week!

Let’s hope the weather behaves as favourably as can be expected at this time of year!