Properties and gardens to visit in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
PUBLISHED: 14:06 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:06 01 April 2014
If your green fingers are itching to get moving this spring, here’s a selection of properties with truly stunning gardens
A beauty in the Chilterns
For a real English country garden look no further than this delightful detached house in the Chilterns. The four bedroom property, at Prestwood, near Great Missenden, boasts a plot of just over one and a half acres. The gardens have been landscaped and include a stocked fish pond, raised patio and steps down to the timber summer house with separate store for a tractor mower. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and gently slope away. There are well stocked flower beds, climbing plants and an orchard containing over a dozen fruit trees. The guide price from agents Hamptons is £995,000. Call 01494 863134 for more information.
Period character inside and out
First Stone Barn at Eastbury, in the Lambourn Valley, is a real gem. The barn itself is Grade II Listed and was converted in 1989 using many original materials. Great care was taken to ensure that the property retains much of its original period character and was designed so that the main rooms all have a southerly aspect across its stunning gardens. These are south west facing and are stocked with a variety of trees and shrubs. There is a lily pond at the top of the garden from which there are wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. And if you’re a cook, you even have your very own herb garden. The property is on the market with Knight Frank with a guide price of £1,750,000. Tel: 01488 688 547.
Dimension and colour throughout
The gardens are a major feature of Red Lion Cottage, at Coleshill, near Amersham. A gravel drive sweeps past scented broad perennial beds and opens into a gravel parking area in front of the house and garage. Predominately lawned, the well planned and established flower beds, clipped hedges, shrubberies and mature trees provide dimension and colour throughout the extensive gardens. A raised terrace, accessed from the kitchen and the sun room, provides an alfresco dining area and an ideal vantage for the garden and woodland vistas beyond. The property is on the market with Savills at £1.8 million. For more information call the Beaconsfield office on 01494 731 950.
Delightful sights and even a stream
The current owners of this lovely family home near Newbury created this beautiful and varied garden. The property is on the market for £795,000. To the rear there is an abundance of beautiful well tended flower borders and a shrubbery leading down to a delightful woodland area at the bottom of the garden with a small gravel based stream running through. Edged with specimen planting, a lovely raised terrace wraps around the rear of the house, with access to the kitchen and main reception rooms, making it ideal for entertaining. For more information call Strutt & Parker on 01635 576925.
Victorian elegance with space to enjoy
White Place is a truly beautiful Victorian residence that not only sits on the banks of the River Thames at Taplow, but also has wonderful gardens, too. A large sun terrace provides superb ‘al fresco’ dining/relaxation space and overlooks the lawn and parterre style garden with a water feature. A Cotswold stone walled area of garden with an elevated terrace provides a vantage point from which to enjoy the river. The garden also features a Victorian rockery and an orchard. The house itself comprises two thirds of a fine period home once owned by Lord Burnham, founder of the Daily Telegraph. (The images of the garden were taken in 2012.) The guide price is £2.25 million. For more information call Savills on 01753 834 600.
Cottage with romantic style
Another quintessentially English cottage with a garden to match, is Well Cottage, near Newbury. The south and west facing garden is delightfully romantic and is well stocked with trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, all surrounded by a beautiful brick and flint garden wall. There is a large garage/barn towards the bottom of the garden, approached via a five bar gate which leads to a private parking area. Well Cottage, in Ham, is for sale at £995,000 through Savills’ Newbury office on 01635 277700.
Gardens to visit
Happy where you are, but still appreciate a wonderful display? House-hutning or not, you might like to visit some of the beautiful gardens open in March for inspiration and to enjoy the spring sunshine. And they offer refreshing tea in delightful surroundings.
Wind in the Willows
Moorhouse Farm Lane, Off Lower Road, Higher Denham, Buckinghamshire, UB9 5EN
This three acres wildlife-friendly garden features woodlands and streams lined by iris and primulas and many unusual shrubs.
Open: 2-5pm, Sunday, 16 March; visitors also welcome (three weeks notice required)
Admission: £4, children free
This garden also opens as part of the Higher Denham Gardens group on Sunday, 25 May (1-5pm)
Admission: £5, children free (share to Higher Denham Community Association)
Tel 07740 177038, see www.ngs.org.uk
Chesham Bois House
85 Bois Lane, Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, HP6 6DF
A three acres plantswoman’s garden featuring primroses, daffodils and hellebores, herbaceous borders, small ornamental canal, walled garden, wildlife pond, and handsome trees.
Open: 1.30-5pm, Sunday, 30 March; visitors also welcome by appointment
Admission: £3.50, children free
Tel: 01494 726476, see www.ngs.org.uk
The Savill Garden
Entry via Wick Lane, Egham TW20 0UU
Open all year round, there are always majestic sights as winter turns to spring, including fabulous rhododendron displays, crocus and dwarf daffodils.
Winter opening: 10am-4.30pm (restaurant closes at 4pm)
Admission: £6.50, seniors £6, children £2.50 (under six free); car parking charges apply
Tel: 01784 435544 (shop and restaurant), see www.theroyallandscape.co.uk