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The Roman Doorway.

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 and gently cascades to the Grotto, water cascade, and wildlife pond.

The company also built and installed a doorway that was inspired by our numerous visits to view the ancient Roman remains at Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy. The structure was bolted to the wall to secure it, and was hand coloured to give the appearance of aged, weathered stone. Within a short period this had mellowed and ‘aged’ the temple folly.

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 table that is also located in front of the Pompeian stone doorway was designed by Guy Portelli.

On the opposite side of this domain a large stone Romanesque garden seat is located in front of the wildlife pond and water cascade.

 

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