Blackwood Drive, Cape Town, South Africa
A true embodiment of natural living with a touch of luxury, this property blends flawlessly with its wilder surroundings. Set in a mountain amphitheatre, the stone design of the house is complemented perfectly by lush greenery and indigenous trees, unpolished wooden balconies and timber bridges spanning waterways. Ponds bustling with koi add a touch of the exotic, while rugged brick walls lined with vines add to the mystery and enchantment. For more modern touches, there’s a swimming pool with water slide, rock climbing pillar and outdoor jungle gym.
Ash House, Knutsford, UK
Set in a prime rural location, this Georgian-style property boasts award-winning grounds that extend to around 25 acres. Manicured lawns flank the sweeping drive leading up to the property. At the rear, the garden features a fountain centrepiece and side walkway framed by a timber pergola. Views of the beautifully planted garden can be enjoyed from the principal reception rooms or the dining room that is set within an orangery. Venture away from the formal gardens and hedging, and a wilder expanse of undulating parkland awaits, along with a large duck pond and helipad. The ideal property in which to be surrounded by nature, but remain in good reach of local amenities.
Ibworth House, Hampshire, UK
Situated at the end of a long, tree-lined drive, this impressive Regency-style property is perfectly suited to its position. From its elevated setting, there are sweeping south-westerly views through full-height sash windows over the gardens and rolling pastureland beyond. Set in around 28 acres, the estate also includes a renovated two-bedroom cottage, as well as an annexe, outbuildings and large period barn. A squash court with viewing gallery is located behind the annexe. With stables and pastureland, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the surrounding countryside on horseback, or just take in the uninterrupted views from the terrace as the evening sets in.
57 Ocean, Miami, USA
For many people, the everchanging flow and rhythms of the ocean are a constant fascination. It’s an elemental force, one that can be admired from the residences at 57 Ocean. On the sands of Millionaire’s Row, Miami Beach’s most beautiful and exclusive strip of beachfront, the distinctive undulating wood-and-glass building houses residences with deep terraces, high ceilings, and luxurious interiors. Meanwhile, the building’s exclusive Oceanfront Wellness Garden provides an oasis of calm before you reach the tumbling waves – with lush foliage, chic wooden walkways, swimming pools and luxurious lounge areas. Looking back from the beach, the design of the building is in harmony with its surroundings, so residents can feel at one with nature.
Stoneybrooke Estate, Cape Town, South Africa
Stoneybrooke Estate is a secure equestrian estate nestled on the slopes with remarkable views of the surrounding mountains, Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This exceptional home provides light, spacious living. There is a natural indoor/outdoor flow, bedrooms lead on to private patios and the dining room opens on to a terrace, which, in turn, links to one of many wooden pathways that lead to streams and ponds and hidden corners ripe for discovering wildlife. Although secluded by dense greenery, this is the perfect retreat to get closer to nature.
Nurai Water Villa, Abu Dhabi
The boutique private island resort, Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi is just a short boat ride from Abu Dhabi mainland – or a two-minute helicopter ride. The lush island offers the ultimate in luxury resort living. Car free, with just 49 villas, transportation is by buggy, bicycle or by foot. This four-bedroom Water Villa is situated in almost 25,000 sq ft of gardens and overlooks the ocean. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls can be fully opened to let the sea breezes in, and there is also a fully retractable roof that leads on to a huge roof terrace. The ground floor has an expansive living/dining room with a modern, open kitchen. On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, including three Jacuzzis. The private infinity pool and outdoor Jacuzzi blend seamlessly into the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf. Residents benefit from the island’s five-star hotel, beachside bars, restaurants, sport facilities and spa.
Kalo Livadi, Mykonos, Greece
Built largely using natural materials and designed with the clean lines reflective of the classic Myconian style, this luxurious villa is truly at one with its rocky hillside surroundings. The property boasts beautiful views over the Aegean Sea – best enjoyed from the master bedroom’s private veranda, while the infinity pool offers an additional connection to the water. The grounds comprise six different leisure areas, the most notable being the Secret Disco space – built to the side of the residence and with its own bar, outdoor cinema and inviting couches.
The Residences at Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi
The Residences at Saadiyat Island is a collection of 27 premium villas, many with seas views and direct access to the unspoilt and expansive Saadiyat Beach. Created to work in harmony with the surrounding protected environment, the immaculate design of these five-bedroom villas reflects the flawless grounds in which they are situated. All villas come with fully landscaped private gardens, private swimming pools and breathtaking views of either the golf course or beach.
Ancre Hill Estates, Monmouth, Wales
That Ancre Hill Estates nestles in an area of outstanding natural beauty is just part of its appeal. It’s also an award-winning wine estate with organic accreditations, supplying some of the finest restaurants in the world. At the heart of the estate is a substantial period six-bedroom house with swimming pool, tiered lawn and tennis court. The estate also includes a newly renovated four-bedroom farmhouse with outbuildings. The combined estate extends to around 137 acres – 30 acres of which are perfectly positioned to produce the internationally acclaimed wines.
Modern Villa, Puerto Andratx, Mallorca
This incredible, ultra-modern villa holds an exclusive hillside location and is one of the finest places to enjoy views of Puerto Andratx, one of Mallorca’s most spectacular natural harbours. An outstanding feature of this five-bedroom property is the 40-metre, sliding glass wall which opens onto the extensive terrace and pool area, where magnificent surroundings and contemplative design combine to create a truly inspirational contemporary home.