Green thumbs up! 8 homes with dream gardens
Dreaming of that perfect garden? From pretty potted courtyards to sprawling manicured grounds, take your pick of these 8 verdant properties across Berkshire.
Green and pleasant land, Eastbury
Couple of raised beds not enough for you? Green fingers getting itchy? This property is calling – just under an acre to float but packed full or plants to tend. Enjoy the herb garden, borders, bushes and trees to enjoy as well before downing tools for sun downers in the summer house and a swim in the indoor pool. At £1.65m, there’s also a magnificent five-bed barn with exposed beams and open fires. Throw on some charmingly muddy dungarees, a paisley headscarf and get potting.
There’ll always be an England, Swallowfield
Interspersed with clipped box hedges, bustling flower beds and a moat, these gardens feel as though they are from the setting of an elegant period drama or fairytale. Over three acres of lush green that’s has the River Lodden running through it, the whole thing smacks of a fictional, pastoral England — Peter Rabbit is probably just out of shot. This dream could be yours for £2.75m; the six-bed Grade II listed country house, naturally, is an added bonus.
Romancing the stone, Wraysbury
Bonkersly bohemian, the gardens of this substantial house cry out for wild, summer dinner parties. Some people create rockeries, the owner of this unique house has gone all in and built a romantic ruin in the garden with pathways that lead you through a waterfall, stream, carp pools, a folly and moat. The seven-bed house that comes with it, is even more extra than the garden. So if you’ve got £4m and big personality to match, this could all be yours.
To The Manor Born, Maidenhead
You’d be forgiven for thinking you were trespassing in a National Trust property in these gardens. Shaped box hedges set within a listed walled garden, hidden stone benches, classical busts – this is the sort of place you ‘take a turn’ around with a dashing potential suitor on your arm. At £10m, this 42-acre fairytale doesn’t come cheap, but you do get a swimming pool, chess garden, tennis court, stables, polo field, gate house and a Grade I listed Jacobean manor house with more rooms in it than you’ll have bed linen for. Maintained in a mixture of informal and formal styles, if you grow tired of the manicured lawn and decorative pond, there’s always the wilder woodland to wander.
24/7 Party People, Winkfield
You don’t have to be Monty Don to have a stonking garden. A low maintenance green space, with an urban edge and epic countryside views is just the ticket for 24/7 party people and loafers alike. In this case, you get nine glorious acres, hot tub, a raised deck that retracts to reveal a resistance pool, al fresco lounging and dining zones plus a a magnificent meadow and a vast amount of lawn to justify the ride on mower purchase. It also comes with a glamtastic five-bed grand design house. Roll on 21 June. POA.
The Secret Garden, Hurley
Lovely gardens don’t have to be sprawling. Set in the pretty riverside village of Hurley, this sheltered private garden looks primed for garlands of fairy lights and intimate parties. Laid for convenience, the space still manages to feel lush and thick with flowers: thriving shrubs are a pleasing border for the various seating spots. It’s £600,000 and attached to a charming three-bed property with garden office, perhaps this one doesn’t have to stay a dream.
Welcome to the White House, Cookham
Colourful flowerbeds border the carefully-maintained lawns in this property, which looks all set for tea with the vicar. £1,895,000 will also get you a south-facing parterre, sheltered dining spot — oh, and a five-bed house in one of the most desirable villages in Berkshire.
Join the country club, Binfield
Have you considered that the one thing your life is missing is… your own pool? For a cool £3.5m, this Tudor-style showstopper could give you just that, plus formal and informal gardens and terraces galore for sundowners and afternoon tea. When you get tired of admiring the well-planted flowerbeds from the balmy heated waters, a drink or two in the pool house is just the ticket. There’s probably no point in mentioning the cottage, tennis court, cinema room and gym – you’ll be way too relaxed to moving off your sun lounger.