The Peach House is a green oak framed building, with a thatched and cedar shingle roof.
A Japanese Garden Building
HRH The Prince of Wales commissioned this green oak framed building as part of the re-creation of a Japanese garden at Dumfries House. The design references a traditional Japanese tea house in the Scottish Baronial style. The double curved thatched roof has a Western red cedar shingle capping. The hand cut green oak frame is the centrepiece of the garden and provides shelter at its heart.
A Traditional Thatched Roof
Jonny worked with master thatcher, Ben Collyns, on this project. Ben and Jonny met on the Prince’s Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship in 2011 and went on to tutor on the programme together the following year. The Peach House was their first collaboration, and they have gone on to work on several projects together including the Colemore Pavilion in Hampshire. Traditional crafts such as thatching and oak framing require versatile skills and team work. Keeping these skills alive and passing them onto the next generation is something both Ben and Jonny are passionate about.
Dumfries House was famously saved by Prince Charles in 2007, and has since become a hub for learning. Jonny has worked on several landscape structures on the estate, including the Woodland Shelter and three bridges. He also built the Farm Education Centre where school children come to learn about farming.