About Hunt, Maïtanne (MBALI, MAPL, MSGD)
Maïtanne’s career began in the world of finance, which took her to Paris, New York and London. Fuelled by a lifelong passion for plants and landscapes, she retrained and obtained her Garden Design Diploma at the English Gardening School, followed by a Master’s degree in Restoration and Conservation of Historical Gardens at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture (the AA), in London. She is a fully-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, the only professional association for garden designers in the UK, and a fully accredited member of both the British Association of Landscape Industries and the Association of Professional Landscapers. Maïtanne’s aim is always to ensure that the garden sits harmoniously alongside the house and natural environment, in order to bring enjoyment to those who live in it. From urban roof terraces and country gardens to residential or commercial properties, her landscapes are always elegant, practical and timeless, regardless of the location, size or budget. Maïtanne believes that the relationship between a building and its setting is paramount. She enjoys working in close partnership with her clients, the architects, landscapers and other designers, from the inception of a project to its completion. Residential or corporate outdoor spaces, whether gardens or roof terraces, restoration and overseas projects form part of the practice's scope of work. Maitanne Hunt Design aims to provide sustainable design solutions, respect the environment, increase biodiversity and promote habitat conservation.
National (Eng/Wales/Scot/NI), East Anglia, International, Midlands, North Thames, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Thames, South West, UK Islands, Wales, Yorkshire North East
Types of work undertaken
- Hard Landscaping (unlimited)
- Roof Gardens/Green Roofs (unlimited)
- Soft Landscaping (unlimited)
- Arboriculture (up to £50,000)
- Design Facility (unlimited)
- Irrigation (unlimited)
- Commercial (unlimited)
- Ponds And Water Features (unlimited)
- Decking (unlimited)
- Interiorscapes (up to £50,000)
- Swimming Pools (up to £50,000)
- Fencing (unlimited)
- Domestic (unlimited)
- Grounds Maintenance (unlimited)
- Disabled/Historic Gardens (unlimited)
- Synthetic Surfaces (up to £50,000)
Notting Hill Contemporary Courtyard
The client wanted a sophisticated minimalist garden offering privacy, scope for entertainment and quiet contemplation, and for it all to reflect his discerning taste and style.
The basement courtyard now boasts sumptuous outdoor furniture, a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, a bespoke fireplace flanked by verdant living walls, while discreet lighting and the warming glow from the fire invites lively evening entertainment.
Underplanted pleached trees and trellis covered with climbers provide privacy and green seclusion. Warm-toned pots display mounding topiaries and a shapely Amelanchier delights with its seasonal displays.
Wimbledon Family Garden
This back garden was overgrown and heavily shaded by neighbouring trees. We entered into sensitively managed negotiations with the neighbours on either side of the property for access, tree management and reconstruction of adjoining boundaries. Gaining the trust and cooperation of the neighbours was instrumental to the success of the project.
A warm-toned hoggin surface inlaid with oak detailing defined zones for morning coffee, entertainment around the firepit, an outdoor kitchen and a dining area. The welcoming multi-generational outdoor space included a bespoke office studio at the rear.
Kensington Roof Terrace
The 7th floor roof terrace required complete refurbishment of roofing, railings, decking and lead coping prior to garden installation, all complicated by a hoist and stair-only access.
We divided the exposed and awkward space into defined zones for dining, entertainment and enjoyment of the the spectacular views from the comfort of colourful furniture.
Evergreen trees in bespoke planters divide the space into functional zones and provide shelter from the elements. Seasonal interest from the colourful palette of plants brightens the space and discreet lighting illuminates the terrace at night.
Weston Green Gravel Garden
This quirky garden comprises a front garden, which is designed as a cheeky nod to the mock Tudor house with yew topiaries within raised Corten beds of colourful perennials, and a gravelled back garden of informal islands of pollinator-friendly drought tolerant plants.
The flowing Corten edging and the planting palette link harmoniously with the front garden. Crab-apple trees offer welcome privacy from the street and a weeping pear tree shades the dining area.
A meadow at the rear of the garden links to the farmland beyond.
Mayfair Roof Terrace
We created a wrap-around green space on the roof terrace of this 5th floor office in the heart of Mayfair for employees to relax and unwind.
All materials required craning onto and off the site
Existing decking was replaced with a durable eco-friendly alternative and inlaid with an undulating carpet of ‘mind-your-own-business’ in hidden trays, surrounding large planters which were home to a pollinator-friendly mediterranean-inspired planting scheme. Bees visited from the day of planting!
Domed dwarf pines provided evergreen structure and scented climbing jasmine on trellises screened unsightly utility units.
Holland Park Jungle Patio
This north facing basement garden required ‘green privacy’ from the street and flats above, in addition to new paving.
We used a palette of green, anthracite grey and buff tones to complement the 19th century building and also to give it a modern edge.
Irregularly laid pale slabs set in gravel lightened the space. A combination of architectural tree ferns and lush herbaceous perennials tumbling from bespoke planters evokes the feeling of entering into a hidden jungle in the city.
Knightsbridge Minimalist Garden
This basement garden has limited access and space to operate in, and required immense technical creativity to address its position above a swimming pool.
Outsized pale slabs serve to brighten and enlarge the space. A geometric pattern of Soleirolia soleirolii flows between the slabs, linking the access areas to a single magnolia tree. Lushly planted green walls clothe the vertical surfaces, drawing the gaze upwards towards the sunny roof terrace.
The minimalist design is a calming urban oasis where our clients can unwind from the bustle of the city.
Mediterranean Garden - Kensal Rise
Our client’s Mediterranean roots inspired the design of this garden.
Pale natural stone slabs set in gravel brighten the space. Small pockets of scented thyme emerge from the gravel, while the mediterranean inspired planting evokes memories of homelands in warmer climes.
An all-weather dining area under a bespoke pergola is complete with overhead heat lamps. Multiple seating areas include a coffee nook beside a wall-mounted fountain and a sun-soaked drinks area within a mini grove of potted citrus trees.
This garden is a much-loved extension of the client’s home.
Family garden in Kew
We converted a previously abandoned and overgrown plot into a contemporary garden which provides distinct zones for all the family to relax, entertain and play.
A soft-toned Yorkstone terrace offers comfortable seating in the dappled shade of four Osmanthus fragrans trees, and leads onto a large lawn, ideal for family football. The rear of the garden houses a secret retreat – a state of the art bespoke playhouse – which allows additional enjoyment during the winter months.
This simple, yet effective design remains a great favourite of many of our potential clients!
Kelso Place Jewel Garden
Every available surface was used to create this small city haven.
The 11m2 patio is viewed and accessed from three rooms. Our client wanted a soothing yet eye-catching outside area to create both visual impact and tranquillity. We capitalised on every vertical space by installing lush green living walls and a wall mounted water feature.
Pale natural stone slabs with linear detailing of small black pebbles create an impression of spaciousness.Bird boxes hidden in the foliage offer habitat opportunities while considered lighting adds dramatic effect at night.
Country Garden, Cambridgeshire
The walled garden of this property had been divided into various sections with no link or purpose.
Our aim was to restore the gentle country feel of the walled garden and its generous scale, so that family and friends could enjoy it freely.
We removed the dominating Leylandii hedges to restore hidden vistas, using structural planting to provide a strong design framework to accommodate the different areas of the garden. Reclaimed Yorkstone terraces offer versatile areas for entertaining and recreation, harmoniously linking garden and home.