The Roman Doorway inspired by the ruins of Pompeii.

The faux rockwork and roman style doorway was installed in 2004 by ‘Rock themes International’ a British company who have worked on many significant garden landscaping projects including zoological and botanical gardens and theme parks both in the UK and internationally.

Within the lower garden a huge rocky outcrop rises from a woodland garden that gently  lowers, and eventually settles within the Fernery.

The company also built and installed a custom – built doorway that was inspired by our numerous visits to view the ancient Roman remains at Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy.

A mirror was installed within the doorway to add an illusion of depth and space to the garden.

Follies and classical ruins were a popular garden feature in the 18th and early 19th centuries when wealthy aristocrats visited ancient sites in classical Europe to view the ruins as part of their ‘Grand tour.’ On their return to England, they commissioned copies of the ruins they had seen for their gardens and large estates.

The stone ‘Romanesque’ table is also located in front of the Pompeian stone doorway  that was originally designed by Guy Portelli.

On the opposite side of this domain, a large stone Romanesque garden seat is located behind the exotic Fernery and the rocky outcrop.