These houses are ideal for green-fingered property hunters...
Cultivating a perfectly landscaped garden requires hard work and dedication. At this time of the year, the constant pruning all becomes worth it as colours burst into life in the garden.
The very best grounds in the country will be recognised in this year’s Fine & Country garden competition. After going in front of a judging panel, the winner will receive tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show 2017.
Here are some stunning homes that will suit a green-fingered owner.
Kempsford, Fairford, Gloucestershire, £1,390,000
Kempsford Manor is an elegant Cotswold manor house set in beautiful gardens and grounds which stretch to over six acres and includes the village cricket pitch, which is currently used by the Kempsford cricket club.
The gardens are a delight and provide a superb setting. With wonderful stocked beds and borders, there is also a selection of mature trees and a stone terrace with pond overlooking the garden and grounds. From the main lawns, an area leads down to a disused canal which is flanked by trees and flowers.
Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire, £2,300,000
This stunning family home stands on a plot of one acre on a desirable village lane with views of the river at the end of the garden, where there is a mooring suitable for a small or medium day boat.
The beautifully landscaped gardens have stone water features and a large flagstone rear patio. The meticulously tended flower beds contain a large variety of specimen shrubs, miniature trees, topiary and box hedge. The gardens also feature a lodge suitable as a workshop or potting shed and an oak-framed barn.
A beautifully presented period property set amongst impressive Victorian gardens, located on the outskirts of Hallbankgate village.
The two acres of gardens retain much of the original Victorian landscaping. A stone stairwell from the formal garden leads to split level terraces, large lawns, a pond, and sitting areas. To the east of the property there is an orchard, vegetable patch and large lean-to log store. The surrounding fields and woodland appear as an extension to the garden, giving the property a rural feel.
The garden is frequented by a resident Kingfisher. The manicured lawns are fringed by a slow running brook, so it’s clear to see why it attracts birds and wildlife, with many living in the mature trees behind the house. The exterior at Pine Brook has been carefully planned to offer a choice of outside seating areas providing a good degree of sunshine or shade when the weather will allow.
The Manor House is a period house dating from the early 19th century. The gardens include a fine Magnolia tree and a rare Coastal Sequoia Redwood. There are two level sections of lawn with well-stocked flower borders and brick walling on two sides. The front garden affords the best views of the Georgian facade of the house.
Other garden features include the soft fruit trees in the kitchen garden, a large natural pond complete with rickety bridge and duck house, one of the largest birch trees in the country, and a yew hedgerow and copper beech maze.
Discover more beautiful properties on Fine & Country’s website, and don’t forget to send photos of your gardens to firstname.lastname@example.org to win tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show 2017.