North Norfolk is full of fun and friends, wonderful architecture, light, bright, dry, seabound with open skies. Houghton Hall is a house that has always been a loadstone of developmental architecture, the interiors of William Kent remain untouched and beloved, but the garden was never fully developed and probably never will be. Like the house the park has been restored with meticulous care. Retrieved from agri-farming, when we first went there was maze all around which has now returned to deer grazed pasture and much fine tree planting has been done. The walled garden was brought to life by head gardener Paul under David Cholmondeley’s tutelage, but they felt a little unsure about how to progress things and we just came and gave them some bold statements to punctuate it and beefed up the planting which in any garden is always changing and developing and retreating. We built on the structure already there, in five acres it can be exhausting to forget your trowel, but the bones feel fairly permanent and satisfactory now. The whole estate is alive with art and children and incredible sensitivity to beauty.