Anyone for tennis?
Nothing says English Summer quite like donning your whites, taking advantage of a break in the inevitable rain and knocking a few balls around a tennis court. Even better, we say, if the tennis court is your own. Which, happily, it would be if you were to own any of the four following properties, including the breathtaking Beeston Hall (above) just outside the chic village of Tarporley. It’s not difficult to fit in a tennis court when you’re sporting just short of nine acres, along with manicured gardens, paddocks, outbuildings, a small lake and stunning views across the Cheshire Plains towards Beeston and Peckforton Castles. Should you want to put the racquet down and retire indoors you’ll find generous, beamed reception rooms and six bedrooms, two of which are ensuite (we’d personally plump for a lake view room). It’s beautiful of course and grand certainly – but thanks to the exposed beams and good proportions it doesn’t feel overwhelming. It’s packed with charm, including a farmhouse-style kitchen that comes with an Aga set into a brick inglenook. Although you can forget about that for a while – every tennis fan knows champagne and strawberries are the stuff champions are made of.
With Wimbledon dominating at least half of July, we’re courting notions of
nets of our own - so we’ve found four properties you’ll Love All about
Where: Beeston, nr Tarporley Price: £1.5m Contact: Strutt & Parker, Chester, 01244 354880, struttand parker.com