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Stop and smell the roses: Britain's best gardens for sale

As the trees burst into leaf all around us, and the spring flowers paint the parks, gardeners’ thoughts turn to the Chelsea Flower Show (May 24-28). So, here are 20 Winkworth properties (mostly in the UK and a few in France) with gardens that are pleading for people to pass time in them with pleasure.

As the trees burst into leaf all around us, and the spring flowers paint the parks, gardeners’ thoughts turn to the Chelsea Flower Show (May 24-28). However small your patch of earth, there will be something you can do to smarten up your garden or balcony. If you prefer something that’s already pruned and preened, here are 20 Winkworth properties (mostly in the UK and a few in France) with gardens that are pleading for people to pass time in them with pleasure.

Bratton, Wiltshire £550,000

Bratton has an award-winning community orchard in the heart of the village. It sits on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain and has its own Iron Age hill fort. One of the most historic houses in the district is up for sale. The Court House dates from 1660 and is full of thrilling period details. Outside it has a grain store resting on saddle stones, and a charming cottage garden with a box parterre.

Call Winkworth’s Devizes office on 01380 729777

Cap d’Ail, France £19.5m

It might not be an English country garden, but this house near Monaco nevertheless has impressive outside space. Panoramic sea views frame its exquisite terraced gardens. The infinity pool is fringed by palms and seems to merge into the Mediterranean. The five-bedroom property perches proudly on the cliffside, its elaborate balconies capturing the unsurpassable vistas.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Ashby-de-la-Launde, Lincs £1.8m

This superb estate dates back to Norman times and its 12th century lord of the manor funded crusades on the back of his wool export business. The current building dates from 1595 and has been, variously, a family home, a girls’ school, the officers’ mess for 609 (the Battle of Britain) Squadron and a country club. The lawns run down to the lake and there is potential for a magnificent garden here.

>Call Winkworth’s Grantham office on 01476 578888

St Etienne du Gres, Provence, France £1.6m

If you’ve ever dreamed the Provencal dream, where you’re lounging in a shady garden surrounded by roses and the scents of herbs and pine, then this is the property for you. A typical farmhouse with shutters and a gravel courtyard, it has six bedrooms and a swimming pool.

Call Winkworth's international sales 020 7870 7181

Tetsworth, Oxfordshire £700,000

Waterperry Gardens, near Thame, was a horticultural school for lady gardeners from the 1930s to the 1970s. You can still attend courses here and the eight acres of beautifully kept grounds are open all year round. In nearby Tetsworth, this Georgian town house has a small front garden surround by ornate iron railings and a lovely enclose back garden. Sit under the rustic pergola with your morning coffee and enjoy the country lifestyle.

Call Winkworth’s Oxford office 01865 511333

Eygalieres, Les Alpilles, Provence £1.3m

For a wilder Provencal garden, try this three-bedroom house which is set among the olive groves and meadows of the Alpilles hills. The area was loved by Van Gogh who found the light, the sunflowers and the tall cypresses inspiring. This charming farmhouse, with its faded lavender blue shutters, has a mature garden with stone paths and an outdoor pool.

Call Winkworth's international sales 020 7870 7181

Marshside, Herne Bay, Kent £725,000

Along the wide, seaside promenade in Herne Bay is a sunken garden with a Victorian fountain and ornamental flower beds. It's known as the Waltrop Gardens after the town's German twin. A few miles to the south stands this 1990s-built home, situated within its own medieval moated grounds. The sunny walled garden is south-facing and further land is available by negotiation.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645

Leatherhead, Surrey £4.5m

The Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley in Surrey has a popularity second only to Kew. About a million people visit every year. A short distance away is this small country estate with equally immaculate gardens. The seven-bedroom Arts & Crafts house is set in 8.5 acres which gives endless possibilities. A former owner had a 9-hole golf course and the current householder has a running track.

Call Winkworth’s Weybridge office on 01932 854400

Hedgerley, Bucks £1.75m

Shell House dates from the 17th century and has only been sold once since that time. It was a tenanted house on the Curzon Estate until 1901 and had its only alterations in 1902. It is full of original character features and requires some updating. The garden covers three acres and has an orchard, a disused tennis court, a daffodil field and kitchen garden. It’s tidy, but there’s enormous scope to create something very special here.

Call Winkworth’s Beaconsfield office on 01494 677978

Seer Green, Buckinghamshire £3.3m

If you love beautiful gardens, the area around High Wycombe is blessed with several. Cliveden, Hughenden Manor and West Wycombe are all inspirational delights. Nearby, this red-brick farmhouse is set in 15 acres of picturesque grounds. There are formal gardens, an orchard and a swimming pool. There’s also a gorgeous tithe barn that provides extra living space.

Call Winkworth’s Beaconsfield office on 01494 677978


Knightsbridge, London SW7 £9.75m

The Chelsea Flower Show is the go-to event for gardening enthusiasts. Every year its fabulous colours and designs inspire thousands to return to their little patches of lawn and create something marvellous. If you buy this house in South Terrace, not only will you be a stroll away from the action at Chelsea, but you’ll have a smartly designed garden to enjoy, too.

Call Winkworth’s Knightsbridge office on 020 7589 6616

Shirley, Croydon £1.595m

This 1920s Arts & crafts style house is set among the woodlands and heaths of the Shirley Hills in south London. It has the best of both worlds – superb transport links and rural seclusion. The gardens have been landscaped, with sweeping steps, stone walls and a pond. To this you could add planting to your own taste and create a glorious wonderland to enhance this six-bed home.

Call Winkworth’s Beckenham office on 020 8650 1000

Bridford, Exeter, Devon Offers over £700,000

Dartmoor National Park offers hundreds of square miles of untamed moorland. Within it, postcard-pretty villages in sheltered valleys, their livestock grazing in small fields bounded by dry stone walls. Rookery Brook Cottage echoes the landscape, with its tumbling stream and woodland fringes. There are six acres altogether, and stunning views over the Teign Valley.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Petersfield, Hampshire £1.5m

Just beyond the High Street of this ancient Hampshire market town, Heath Farm is set in four acres of land. It dates back to the 16th century, but had a makeover in Georgian times. It is a handsome house surrounded by formal gardens and colourful borders, and has the South Downs national park on its doorstep.

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274

Hill Brow, Liss, Hants £1.1m

A large village with a mainline railway station, Liss is three miles north of Petersfield. Hill Brow is a mile or two to the east and this four-bedroom cottage is tucked away up a narrow lane. It has been modernised and restored to a high standard and the gardens are charming. There is a terraced water feature with its own water wheel, and a sunny patio area.

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274

Temple Ewell, Dover, Kent £575,000

The River Dour, just outside Dover, has supported many industries over the years. Britain’s first recorded corn mill stood here in 762AD. A local brewery owner built Kearsney Court, and the gardens, now known as Russell Gardens, were laid out by a prominent Edwardian designer. This house at nearby Temple Ewell has a sunny, sloping garden that has been well cared-for.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645

Byfield, Northamptonshire £649,950

Rose Garden Farmhouse sits in lovely grounds in a village location. The owners have planted thousands of bulbs which provide a magnificent spring display. The house dates back to the 1600s. It has four bedrooms and several reception rooms, creating the option (which has had planning permission) of dividing it into two houses.

Call Winkworth’s Northampton office on 01604 824854

Barnes, London SW13 £4m

Barnes is a great location for garden lovers as it’s close to Kew, Chiswick House & Gardens, and Richmond Park, as well as Barnes Common. This outstanding Edwardian house has five bedrooms and has retained many of its fine period details. The garden is west facing, making it an ideal spot.

Call Winkworth’s Barnes office 020 8255 0088

Bourne End, Bucks £1,999,950

A water feature is always a bonus in a garden and this house has direct access to a brook that quickly joins the River Thames. Moor your boat here and enjoy messing about on the river. The six-bedroom Edwardian country house also has a large conservatory, where you can enjoy the garden when the weather’s not so hot.

Call Winkworth’s Beaconsfield office on 01494 677978

For information on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24 – 28 May 2016), visit

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