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Barrell Point

Suffolk, VA

Shaped by the tides of two rivers, nourishing marshland to the south, and nor’easters barreling across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, this windswept peninsula on the outskirts of an old fishing village is quintessential Tidewater Virginia. Its dramatic beauty guided the design team’s mission: restore the site, design the house and garden to quietly strengthen each other, and balance the expansiveness of the site with a series of intimate gardens.


Undulating beds of grasses and perennials mimic the weave of creek and marsh. Tucked close to the home's tower, a secret garden filled with Japanese maples and fragrant perennials provides a place of respite year round. Drawn to an overlook perched over the beach and constructed of renewable hardwood, you are invited to appreciate the expansive beauty of the river confluence.

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