Earlier this year, Ali and the team completed the landscaping at Tunbridge Wells hotel the Spa. We couldn’t be more excited to share the project’s story, from it’s inception through to the launch party in June 2019.
The garden’s design
The design brief was for Ali, Owner and Designer at Sandstone, to create an elegant venue for weddings, outdoor events and performances that reflected the Spa’s grandeur.
Work began in November 2018. The first step was relocating the previous wedding gazebo to a new location. This made way for the ground works and building of the Temple paving base, supplied by Chilstone – makers of fine cast stone.
Early in the new year, the team installed the Spa Temple structure and dome before completing the ground works and final planting.
In the completed gardens, a pathway invites guests through a romantic archway and towards the Spa Temple. Taking advantage of the gently sloping gardens, a shallow Amphitheatre of curved terraces and planting surrounds the Temple to create a venue for both intimate and large events.
There is year-round colour and interest in the garden. Guests enjoy scented plants such as lavender, rosemary and honeysuckle on spring and summer evenings. The design also beautifully frames views over the North Downs and rhododendrons in the Spa’s grounds, blooming late spring.
We were proud to receive a wonderful testimonial from Emily Keegan, Events Manager, on behalf of the Spa Hotel:
“We are delighted with the work that Sandstone have completed in our gardens, Ali and the team are very knowledgeable at what they do and they turned our ideas into an incredible design.
“They were professional to work with, timely and communicated with us every step of the way. The area has been transformed and as a result we have seen an increase in outdoor wedding and event enquiries. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Sandstone design.”
Ali, Sandstone’s Designer and Owner, reflects on the project
“Sandstone is pleased to work with The Spa Hotel to create a flexible, individual space that will be enjoyed by guests and residents for many years to come.
“We pride ourselves on having built our reputation in Tunbridge Wells; we work with many brilliant clients in the town and the surrounding areas. A few years ago we won a BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) Award, a very prestigious award in the industry, for clients in Tunbridge Wells.
“It is also a pleasure to work with local companies like Chilstone, who introduced us to the Spa’s MD Ant Scragg, How Green Nursery that supplied the planting and Addagrip and True Grip that supplied and installed the resin bonded surfaces. It’s a Tunbridge Wells based project that has been beneficial for a lot of companies.”
Photography: Emily Brown Photography