chalet’s round and curved details, such as porthole windows, including one in the roof peak, and several arched windows and doorways.
“We created variations on circles and millstones,” says Messervy.
“There was an old terrace wall, which we renovated by sweeping it out
in a curve, gesturing toward the view.” She used several large millstones, one as the base for a fountain, another, found on the property,
as a breakfast table, the hole in the center planted with herbs.
The now-round retaining wall, which encloses an outdoor dining
room, a sunken kitchen with a grill and pizza oven, hot tub, and loung-
ing area, is built of hefty local granite topped with a wide bluestone
cap. Bluestone pavers also line the terrace floor, alternating with more
irregularly cut pieces of Vermont fieldstone. The wall itself acts as a
ha-ha, an element often used in 18th- and early-19th-century land-
scapes as barriers to contain livestock without interrupting the view.
For perennial plantings, the homeowners opted for neutral shades.
“We wanted to keep the colors subdued, and we told Julie that we
the terrace wall acts as a ha-ha, keeping
grazing cattle away from the house and the
garden. While the hues of perennials like
Solomon’s seal and astilbe are muted
(facing page, top), colorful annuals fill pots
atop the wall. A masonry wall (facing page,
bottom) connects the house to the terrace,
enclosing the garden. A wood door with a
small window evokes a Secret Garden.