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Houses perfect for alfresco dining in the autumn [PROMOTION]

These Fine & Country homes boast outdoor entertaining spaces that are perfect for enjoying the last of the British summer.

Autumn may be fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put on the log fire and turn the heating up to maximum just yet. There are still plenty of weekends left in the year that are perfect for entertaining outside, though guests may want to retreat back into the warmth of the house before the evening chill starts to bite.

Here are a selection of Fine & Country properties which feature lovely outdoor entertaining spaces that are perfect for enjoying the last of the British summer.

Indoor dining with an outdoor flavour:houses perfect for alfresco diningNottinghamshire, £1,300,000
Thorn House, Ranskill

This period manor house in a delightful village setting offers a great opportunity to relax on sofas outside during a dinner party. Guests can be ushered to the 10-seater dining table for food, with the bi-folding doors either open or closed, depending on the weather.
The grounds offer formal gardens, a mature orchard and attractive equestrian facilities. There is a large south facing terrace to the rear of the house for guests to relax on, and extensive lawns running down to the orchard which has a variety of apple, plum, pear and cherry trees.
Fine & Country Bawtry (01302 591 000)


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Rooftop dining in the inner city: houses perfect for alfresco diningLondon, £10,000,000
The Penthouse, Petersham House

Presented in immaculate condition, this spectacular city apartment has a panoramic roof terrace with superb views. While most apartments in the centre of London suffer from a lack of outdoor space, this penthouse has a beautifully maintained outdoor terrace, complete with a hot tub that is perfect for a dip when the warmth of the day fades away.
The large kitchen and dining area has double glass doors out onto the terrace, so hosts need not be far away from the party.
Fine & Country Mayfair (020 7079 1523)


Equestrian country mansion:
houses perfect for alfresco diningHertfordshire, £2,195,000
Blakemore End Road, Little Wymondley, Hitchin

This large property features a main residence, detached annexe cottage and separate pool complex that all sit in beautiful grounds of approximately 1 acre. The outdoor space has a combination of traditional lawned gardens and landscaped patio areas that are perfect for entertaining. Plus, the driveway can accommodate multiple vehicles for larger gatherings.
There is a comfortable sitting room for when the weather turns cooler, or guests can wrap up and stroll to the adorable thatched annexe which is just 50 metres from the main house.
Fine & Country Hitchin (01462 222 555)


Entertaining on the balcony:houses perfect for alfresco dining

Surrey, £1,995,000
The Dell, Englefield Green

Englefield Green has become one of the most sought after locations outside of London and is synonymous with luxury housing. The town maintains a rural feel with many surrounding parks and open spaces that offer picturesque walks and cycle rides. But the capital isn’t too far away, as Egham train station provides regular service to London Waterloo in under 40 minutes so city guests won’t have too far to travel.
The most recent owner of The Dell spared no expense when he completely renovated the property, and it now features state of the art features throughout. The large balcony is the perfect place to sit and entertain among the trees, looking down at the landscaped gardens below.
Fine & Country Englefield Green (01784 438 951)


Relax by the riverside: houses perfect for alfresco diningKent, £1,100,000 – £1,250,000
Hayle Mill Road, Maidstone

This property is a Grade II Listed former working watermill that is now a beautiful family home set in an idyllic position next to its own mill pond and stream. The working water wheel no longer operates the mill itself, but now generates electricity that feeds into the national grid and provides an all year round income.
The mill pond itself sits at the southerly aspect of the mill and is best viewed from the cleverly positioned decking area. The water, having cascaded over the wheel, reforms into a stream that elegantly divides the front garden before leaving the property to continue its journey down the valley, which will surely delight all dinner guests.
Fine & Country West Malling (01732 222 272)


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