Spring in your step

Houses with out­stand­ing gar­dens to bring in the new sea­son

Country Life Every Week - - Properties Of The Week -

Ox­ford­shire, £850,000

A size­able thatched house at the tip of the Cotswolds, near Ban­bury, Gow­ers Close looks out through large leaded win­dows onto a ter­race and a land­scaped south-fac­ing gar­den that has fea­tured in sev­eral mag­a­zines; the ven­dor is a gar­den­ing writer. It has five bed­rooms, wis­te­ria, a vine-cov­ered per­gola for al­fresco din­ing, shrub bor­ders, laven­der, box, yew and a veg­etable patch. Sav­ills (01295 228000)

Hamp­shire, of­fers in ex­cess of £4 mil­lion

Six-bed­room, Grade Ii-listed, Tu­dor The Priory is po­si­tioned around an im­mac­u­late court­yard knot gar­den with in­tri­cate box hedg­ing and top­i­ary contrasting with 15th-cen­tury ru­ins be­yond. Set dis­creetly off Odi­ham vil­lage high street, near Hook, there are nearly five acres of metic­u­lously cared-for for­mal gar­dens, in­cor­po­rat­ing a large pond to the west with free-roam­ing ducks and geese and a cen­tral weep­ing wil­low. Strutt & Parker (01256 702892)

Northum­ber­land, £4.5 mil­lion

The twin-tur­reted tree­house in the three-acre gar­dens at Spring­field House, Cor­bridge, is an im­pres­sive piece of ar­chi­tec­ture by the same com­pany that built the fa­mous Al­nwick Gar­den tree­house. It con­nects to the main house via a stone ter­race. The prin­ci­pal gar­dens lie to the south at the front of the six-bed­room Vic­to­rian home, where there are open lawns, an all-weather ten­nis court, rhodo­den­drons and tall ev­er­green trees. San­der­son Young (0191–223 3500)

Perthshire, of­fers in ex­cess of £950,000

Above the River Tay in the heart of the county, some 10 miles south of Perth, five-bed­room Bal­homie en­joys an el­e­vated po­si­tion—in­deed, when the house was built in 1901 as a shoot­ing lodge, the site was cho­sen for the view. The 3.7acre gar­dens in­clude a ter­raced lawn, an or­chard with plum, ap­ple and crab-ap­ple trees, kitchen gar­den, orig­i­nal glasshouses, an onion house and for­mer sta­bles. Come late spring, the well-stocked rhodo­den­dron and aza­lea bank pro­vides an ar­ray of colour. CKD Gal­braith (01738 451111)

Cheshire, £3.995 mil­lion

Said to be one of the most im­pres­sive Arts-and-crafts houses in the coun­try, Thieves Hol­low, near Prest­bury, has seven bed­rooms and a plant room and sits in 10 acres of beau­ti­fully land­scaped grounds with southerly views. There’s also a lodge with per­mis­sion for a swim­ming pool, gym­na­sium and games room. Jack­son-stops & Staff (01625 540340)

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