2006, The Fig House

The Fig House

There is speculation amongst those in the know, as to the original primary function of this versatile building but it has become known to us as the ‘Fig House’ over the years. With the restoration of the Melon House under our belts, we were ready to expand our knowledge and experience once again.

The timber structure had been carefully dismantled and recorded, and the new frame work was progressing well in the carpenters workshop.
The main supporting wall had been badly stressed by the forces of neglect. It had to be completely dismantled before it could be restored.




2006, A forbidden fruit

A forbidden fruit

As the bricks are carefully removed and stacked in the usual way, a new vista unfolds from an upstairs window of the cottage. More over, the complete view of the woodland from the porch is almost irresistible. For a second time in recent history the Gardeners Cottage is unveiled and in harmony with its older familiar surroundings.


There were tempting moments when the idea of erasing the Fig House from history, for the sake of the view, was voiced around.


After all, we’re only human.


The force of temptation was soon put to good use.


The desire to restore the Fig House in the same spirit as the Melon House, was abundant. This time it carried a more pragmatic quality.


Effort = reward. A simple equation and a good policy for dealing with Edens.







2006, Tanks again for the water

Tanks again for the water

We had been aware, for some time, of a large water tank which resided under the terrace below the Melon House. Evidence of the old conduits provided a suitable plan for the new hydraulic system. Rain water from the roof is captured by gutters on both sides of the Melon House and collected in the underground tank. All we have to do is turn on the tap and, “Eureka”,  we have an abundant supply of pure rain water.