The initial concept plan for Le Petit Manoir is simple. The terrace onto the ramparts is the sunny side of the house, secluded and sheltered - this is the obvious focus for outdoor living in fine weather, so the paved area has to be sufficiently large to accommodate a table with comfort. Planting will be structural and low-maintenance, with culinary herbs and a fig tree to make the most of the south facing wall.
The arrival courtyard requires a clear pathway across the space to the entrance - this frees up a corner for storage, and strips of planting soften the boundaries. The gravelled area here mirrors that on the terrace side of the house.