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10 Properties with the Most Gorgeous Grounds

If you love great views and beautiful gardens, don't miss the 10 best properties with the most gorgeous grounds...

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Whether you’re king of the barbecue, or just enjoy a good garden stroll, here are 10 of the best properties that celebrate the great outdoors…

1. Hunton Court, Kent

Spanning 171 acres, Hunton Court comprises a parkland estate worthy of any Jane Austen novel, complete with tranquil lake, walled gardens and beautiful woodland surroundings for those all-important pleasant walks. The Grade II-listed house partly dates back to the 13th century, and has previously served as the country residence of the Bannerman family. Elegant throughout, with five grand reception rooms and a wealth of period features, it is a spectacular home well-suited to any manner of comforts and country pursuits.  Available through Strutt & Parker for £12.5m

2. Stedcombe House, Devon

Painstakingly restored, this 17th century, Grade I-listed property is an exceptional example of a classic William and Mary house. The building’s elegant symmetry and classical proportions are echoed in the three surrounding formal walled gardens, while the adjacent 20 acres of verdant pastures and woodland extend down towards the beautiful rolling country of the nearby Axe Valley. Available through Savills for £4.5m

3. Cherry Tree Lane, Cirencester

A property just as pretty as its address, this handsome, ivy-covered family home is set in a quiet location, within its own mature woodland. With over three acres of gated land, there are plenty of long stretches of lawn to run about in, as well as outside space to take in the views. At the rear of the 6-bedroom house, a large L-shaped conservatory offers full views of and access to the wonderful landscaped gardens. Available through Hamptons for £1,325,000

4. St Saviour, Jersey

Widely seen as one of Jersey’s finest residencies, this fully renovated 8-bedroom period property is set within several acres of parkland, considered to be some of the island’s best private gardens. With its multitude of colourful rose bushes, arches overhung with wisteria, tree-lined passages and meandering walking paths through the woodland, it’s more reminiscent of a Royal Park than it is a private residence. Available through Fine & Country, £6,950,000.

5. Dove House, Stratford-upon-Avon

Only a short drive from the charms of Stratford-upon-Avon, the immaculate landscaped gardens of Dove House – including topiary, mature trees and water features aplenty – make it ideal for summer entertaining. The rear gardens are also accessible through the light-filled orangery, its glass walls showing both sides of the marvellous grounds. The property’s three acres – a good size for exploring – also benefit from a copse with a large natural pond, paddock and stretch of woodland. Available through Andrew Grant for £1,750,000

6. The River House, Norfolk

True to its name, this cosy, light-filled Georgian home has an unspoiled view of the River Tiffey, at the end of its sweeping back lawn. Romantic formal gardens with rose arches, a water feature and ornate topiary, border the property, which also features an arboretum with fine species of native and non-native trees. Splendid views over the gardens, river and grounds are offered from the upstairs bedrooms, while the fully-modernised kitchen/dining room and bright Victorian orangery opens directly onto the gardens. Available through Strutt & Parker for £1,450,000

7. Oxley Croft, Weetwood

A grand, Grade II family house, the 7-bedroom Oxley Croft offers plenty of outside space, surrounded as it is by over an acre of manicured formal grounds. As one of Weetwood’s finest stately homes in the Arts & Crafts style, the south-facing landscaped gardens are unsurprisingly impressive, featuring a paved sun terrace, sculpted hedging and an abundance of mature tree varieties. Available through Carter Jonas for £1,975,000

8. Brook House, Dunmow, Essex

The gardens of this 16th century period home are truly a delight: influenced by the Jekyll and Lutyens design collaborations, they fuse beautiful views with functionality, including walkways, multiple seating areas, kitchen and herb gardens, and a secret garden. Formal gardens feature at the front and rear, as well as a sublime water garden and heated pool, secluded by tall, manicured yew hedges to provide total privacy. Inside, modern fittings and an abundance of light complement exposed wooden beams and Arts & Crafts flourishes. Available through Savills for £2,850,000

9. Brickfield Barn, Northamptonshire

This thoroughly contemporary 5-bedroom barn conversion is surrounded by lush lawns, paddocks, mature gardens and a productive orchard. The west-facing gardens, which provide tranquil views across gently-sloping countryside and nearby Badby Woods, are a prime spot for spectacular sunset-watching. Those rightly concerned about climate change will be pleased to know that the barn is also fitted with solar panels, reducing both the carbon footprint and energy tariff. Available through Fine & Country for £1.75m

10. Castletop House, Hampshire

A truly historic property, the late-Victorian Castletop House sits within the boundaries of the New Forest, enjoying direct access to one of England’s most ancient and beautiful woodland areas. The grounds themselves are no less impressive, comprising of sunken garden, formal gardens and lawns, accessible via the French doors of the elegant drawing room. At the bottom of the sweeping lawns lie magical woodland gardens, abloom with bluebells, daffodils and flowering rhododendrons and azalea bushes. Enjoying close access both to forest and sea, Castletop House is ideal for outdoor activities of all sorts, be it riding, sailing, or simply a long country walk. Available through Sotheby’s International Realty for £7.5m


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