How to Create an Alfresco Courtyard
Create a secluded oasis in which to escape the humdrum of the day and wind down surrounded by the natural texture of stone and the redolent scent of herbs.
This kitchen garden courtyard is protected from the wind, snuggled against a gable end and a dry stone wall. Robust wooden crates create raised veggie beds – in which lush rainbow chard and heirloom tomatoes provide easy pickings for alfresco dining. This sheltered spot offers enough protection for a decorative olive tree, planted here in an old storage bucket.
Oversized lanterns filled with candles lend romance as the sun drops. The main focal point is a statement, outdoor fireplace, ensuring your space works as hard as it can – essential for the all British summer!
Get The Look
1. Scour antique fairs for oversized buckets in a galvanised finish – plant standard trees for height.
2. Keep a cohesive floral palette – blues, purple and whites maintain a sense of peace and calm.
3. Grow easy to pick veggies and herbs to add nutrition and flavour to outdoor cooking.
4. A relaxed table and bench setting means there’s plenty of room for all.
5. Bring out a stash of cushions or throws to add extra comfort as the temperature drops.
Featuring a solid Oak Outdoor Orangery Table with slatted top and matching benches – crafted with a set of robust iron wheels which means the piece can be wheeled from an indoor to an outdoor space with ease – an innovative design for a conservatory or orangery. A slatted top allows rainwater to drain away and half lap joints brace the piece. Finished with UV protection oil.
“We discovered this idyllic outdoor space on location in
The Cotswolds – it’s a relaxed place to spend some much needed
down-time and the outdoor fireplace just took it
to the next dimension. It invites long balmy nights
lingering over good wine and food
cooked slowly on the open fire.”
Abigail List | Indigo Stylist