National Trust chosen David Salisbury to replicate this beautiful greenhouse for Arlington Court, a neoclassical country house in Devon.
Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor. The 30 acre gardens include a small Victorian garden with conservatory, basket beds, herbaceous borders and ornamental pond, leading to a partially restored one acre walled kitchen garden with the David Salisbury greenhouse built to original design.
The sensitive design copied the existing structure but also allowed for the possibility to recreate the two side wings lost many years ago. Work began by dismantling and removing the old structure, carefully removing the heron on the roof to be restored for placing onto the new roof.
The heron with an eel in its mouth is an iconic symbol of Arlington Court. Herons appear on the main gates and elsewhere in the grounds as well as on top of the conservatory which helps give a sense of scale. Placing the heron on the roof required careful preservation and re-installation. Each large structural rafter has two smaller intermediate rafters which gives a lighter feel and respects the original style.