Cicero once remarked that, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”. However, in the case of these properties which boast some of the most impressive gardens in the UK, a library mightn’t be necessary. If you have a particularly green thumb and adore greenery, one of these properties may be your dream house…
1. Manor Farm Yard, Richmond
What once started its life as a converted barn in North Yorkshire is now a modern 4-bedroom house in the prestigious area of Richmond, right by the beautiful Richmond Park. The garden of this property, which is a total sun-trap, is fully accessible from most bedrooms and is decorated with plentiful plants, foliage climbing the walls of the house and hedges kept in pristine condition.
This Grade II listed Georgian property houses 8 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms and 5 bathrooms, set on top of a generously sized mature garden. It’s perfectly formed hedges and overall contemporary design make for an interesting use of the space. With an abundance of open space equating to almost 50 acres, this property is perfect for kids who’ll roll down the small hills and play in the paddocks beyond. Available through and for £4m.
3. Bankside, Peaslake
Set in the scenic village of Peaslake, 1920s home Bankside promises idyllically private, landscaped gardens and serene, pastoral views. If you’re looking for a property that’s a mere 400 yards away from the action of the village centre but allows seclusion and peace due to the hilly gardens surrounding the property, Bankside has it all.
4. Learoyds Cottage, Gloucestershire
Learoyds is a cosy, quintessentially British cottage in the Cotswolds. The 19th-century property has 2 modern bedrooms and an airy, open plan kitchen and sitting room. The gem of this house has got to be the meticulously designed gardens. Perfect for entertaining, Learoyds includes two beautifully landscaped gardens at both the front and back of the house.
5. Berwick House, Berwick
The late Victorian ‘Arts and Crafts’ style Berwick House is contemporary, unique and impressive. With views to the South Downs and 2 acres of gorgeous mature gardens, this property is a wonderful family house. The grounds include a terrace, a state-of-the-art heated swimming pool and a pond, all bordered by a riot of colour in the form of flowers, shrubs and trees. Still holding some of its original period features, Berwick House’s atmosphere is unparalleled.
Just a stone’s throw away from Mylor Harbour sits an elegant waterside house with mature secluded gardens surrounding it. If you’re not playing in the games room or enjoying the waterside view from the balcony, spend time walking the 1 1/4 acres of land and sailing on the waters of the Corrick Roads.
7. St. John’s Manor, Jersey
Jersey’s St. John’s Manor is a 10,924 sq ft country estate, one of the most prestigious in the Channel Islands. The interior boasts a private chapel and seven classic manor bedrooms, and the outside is even grander. Utilise the tennis court, gym, indoor swimming pool and squash court, and enjoy a pot of tea on the garden furniture by the serpentine. Within the 15 acres of land, you will also find a wildlife lake and a Japanese Water Garden. This property is ideal for sports lovers and outdoorsy types alike.
8. Birds’ Isle, Kent
In an enviable location with great links to town and schools, this family house has something for everyone. A distinguishing feature of this property is the high ceilings which give the home a light, airy atmosphere. Its south-facing garden is full of colourful plants such as azaleas, roses and dahlias and includes neat topiary. Its French doors and swimming pool are welcome additions, too. Experience peace by the ponds and watch visiting birds relax on the central island.
9. Valley Farm, Duntisbourne Abbotts
An authentic period house with equestrian amenities, Valley Farm sits by the River Frome and is perfect for family life. Having undergone much restoration and refurbishment, this 5-bed property is in immaculate condition. Roam around the fields, relax by the river and marvel at the formal grounds.
10. Shortridge Hall, Northumberland
Shortridge Hall is a glamorous, Grade II listed property with scenic coastal views and boundless grounds. Built in 1898 for a local property speculator, it equates to approximately 1,528 sqm. The exterior features include a patio, vegetable garden and modern box hedging leading to the western side of the garden. It even has its own motto, ‘Verus ad Finem’ – True to the End.
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