A love of Italy and cliff top ocean views have been a true inspiration for Villa Lettisier.
The house is styled on 16th century Palladian architecture and designed to have uninterrupted views of the ocean. Paul Bangay designed the formal garden to suit the architecture and coastal site.
The property was originally a dairy farm, and the dairy shed has been kept as part of the site’s history. The existing cypresses, oak trees and Moreton Bay Figs created a parkland effect for Paul to design a driveway offering glimpses of the house and ocean, before straightening to become a long formal approach to the forecourt in front of the villa. The house design is perfectly symmetrical so the garden layout is equally symmetrical.
There are so many enchanting spaces which has ‘rooms of gardens’:
The walled garden provides shelter from the coastal winds, the design of which echoes the symmetry and formalisation of the villa, but also accommodates beds of roses;
The forecourt has climbing roses, bush roses and hedges, each with an obelisk for a climbing rose, together with espaliered with magnolias;
Olive trees provide a secondary axis and a contrast in colour to the green of the magnolias;
The centre room is created by a hedge of ‘Leyland’ cypress, edged by clipped rosemary and fountains trained with wisteria;
The next room has four reflection pools and the walls here are lined with hedges of rugosa rose ‘Roseraie De L’Hay’;
Two more walled areas contain the vegetable garden and the pool area; the latter is set in grass and the walls are lined with fruiting figs; and
All outside beds have been a latter addition, including gates installed to continue the design of symmetry, equilibrium and balance.