Green thumbs up: 8 houses 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 Bucks & Oxon.
There’ll Always Be An England, Aylesbury
Interspersed with clipped box hedges, bustling flower beds and old brick walls, these gardens feel as though they are from the setting of an elegant period drama or fairy tale. Over an acre of lush green that’s bounded by a textbook charming stream, the whole thing smacks of a fictional, pastoral England — Peter Rabbit is probably just out of shot. This dream could be yours for £1.6m; the six-bed Georgian mansion, naturally, is an added bonus.
Private Paradise, Chalfont St Peter
Have you considered that the one thing your life is missing is… your own pool? For a cool £3.75m, this Tudor-style showstopper could give you just that, plus formal and informal gardens, aged woodland 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 little garden cottage that doubles as an office – you’ll be way too relaxed to think of work.
Self Sufficiency, Penn
Couple of raised beds not enough for you? Green fingers getting itchy? This property is calling – 24 beautiful and remote acres to float around in: just you, the fruit trees, veggies, and tracts of ancient woodland. At £4m, there’s also a paddock for your horses, a large pond, and multiple greenhouses. With a borehole providing water and three-phase electrical power, self sufficiency beckons. Throw on some charmingly muddy dungarees, a paisley headscarf and get potting. And if you are missing something a bit buzzier? No worries: London is only 40 minutes away.
The Cosy Courtyard, Newport Pagnell
Beautiful gardens don’t have to be sprawling. Just a short walk from Newport Pagnell high street, this sheltered private garden sits behind a period townhouse, and 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 a steal at £350,000 and attached to a charming three-bed property, perhaps this garden doesn’t have to stay a dream.
The Period Drama, Wallingford
You’d be forgiven for thinking you were trespassing in a National Trust property in these gardens. Shaped box hedges, 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 £4.5m, it even comes with the perfect setting for a proposal: a fairy-tale bridge over the river Thame, leading to a private island. 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 through.
To the Manor born, Chipping Norton
Charmingly bohemian, the gardens of this 15th century Grade II listed Manor House just cry out for wild, summer dinner parties. You could grow your own produce in the walled kitchen garden and greenhouses, welcome guests on the main lawn, then dine on the generous stone flagged terrace. A late night swim in the Roman-esque pool is non-negotiable, and you can nurse the resulting hangover on one of the sun-loungers the next day, surrounded by daisies. £3m is all that stands between you and this life….
An Urban Oasis, Oxford
Can there be anything better than cradling a morning coffee in your own dappled, private oasis just east of Oxford city centre? Small but lovely, this secluded garden boasts an array of well-established plants in terracotta pots, with seating areas for both sun and shade depending on the time of year. The space is cleverly managed, with different levels and lots of trellises, to give the sensation of being truly surrounded by plants. Costing £695,000, it comes with a four-bed Victorian terraced house and all the perks of city life.
Rolling Lawns, Little Milton
Colourful flowerbeds border the carefully-maintained lawns in this property, which looks all set for tea with the vicar. £4.25m will also get you a parterre, sheltered dining spot, and 3 acre paddock — oh, and a seven-bed listed house.