Xanadu 5: The Berry Folly
Because the property didn’t offer views into abutting land, especially when looking out from the pool-house’s dining terrace, the impressive vista down the length of the swimming pool needed to be stopped with something—anything—of sufficient gravitas, size, & beauty to warrant being such an interruption. The client’s desire to grow “soft fruits”—berries such as raspberries, grapes, & blueberries—provided the solution: A permanent cage so that the crop couldn’t be foraged by birds.
But in such a supremely focal spot, this couldn’t be just a cage. It needed to be a “folly”—a fanciful structure that captures the view. It’s size, location, & construction were only part of the appeal. In a coup de theatre, the structure also hosts a large installation of illuminated blown glass across the underside of its roof. See that in the magazine coverage here.
- The berry folly, seen from across the pool (whose protective cover is in place). To the left, the cutting garden & cup-plant hedge. The young orchard between them and the caretaker's house also extends the length of the berry folly. A pair of beds of maximally-vivid & textural shrubs, perennials, & ornamental grasses separates the pool from the berry folly. Looking closely, you can see a section of the lengthy curved walkway between the beds & the folly. To the right, it originates up the hill at the main house; to the left, it sweeps through the grass rectangle, to terminate in a hidden circular patio in the pink-friendly garden outside the enclosure.