This rough plan from February 2003 shows the basic elements of the Main Courtyard, between the house and the underground wine cellar. It is not to scale and it would be ideal to have more professionally rendered plans as we move ahead.
In the centre of The Main Courtyard is a circular pond, surrounded by an octagonal grassy area, raised above the white crushed limestone surface of the courtyard. This octagon and circular pond, the unifying feature of the entire design, was suggested by a well-known courtyard garden in Lucca, built by the Controni Pfanner family in the nineteenth century. The Lucca courtyard is further softened by citrus in terracotta tubs and tightly clipped greenery.
The north-western side of the courtyard is formed by "The Moat" with access to The Hill Garden and The Top Terrace via a bridge. The north-eastern side is formed by "The Outdoor Kitchen", with access to The Hill Garden and The Wisteria Walk through a Cook House featuring The Mudgee Bush Oven.