“Over the past few months, we have all discovered just how important outdoor space is to us. Our clients tell us the sanctuary of a garden, terrace or nearby park has become one of their most sought-after features, and we anticipate increased demand for property presented to a high standard with well-designed usable outside space, be it in the city or the countryside.
While well-established gardens still command a premium, more and more buyers now want an outdoor space that, while attractive to look at, is easy to manage and provides a sense of calm and escape.
From the garden apartment at The Draycott in Chelsea to the Cecil Beaton-inspired landscapes at Reddish House, we have an exquisite selection of carefully thought-out, tranquil environments for you to explore.” Lindsay Cuthill
Reddish House, Wiltshire, UK
It may be 40 years since Sir Cecil Beaton called Reddish House home, but his theatrical touch is present in delightful design details throughout this supremely comfortable house, gardens and associated cottages.
Situated in the Wiltshire village of Broad Chalke, Reddish was Beaton’s county retreat for more than 30 years. The house fuelled Beaton’s passion for gardening and his legacy lives on in the exotic conservatory – a backdrop for many of his classic portraits – as well as the private and peaceful gardens and grounds. The verdant variety includes expansive lawns, ancient trees, cloud-pruned yew and sheltered walled garden rooms, where he entertained fellow artists and writers, such as Truman Capote, David Hockney and Francis Bacon.
With a light and airy design in every room and balconies and terraces around virtually every corner, this majestic villa actively encourages you to step out and enjoy its idyllic outdoor spaces.
Refurbished around 2008, the villa nestles in one of the most spectacular locations in the Mediterranean. Mature trees provide shade and privacy, through which the sparkling waters across the Bay of Formentor can be seen. If that sight proves irresistible, the beautiful sandy beach is just a 10-minute walk away.
Alternatively, the large swimming pool is overlooked by several terraces, and has the advantage of being close to the state-of-the-art Bulthaup kitchen should poolside refreshments be required.
Garden Apartment, The Draycott, London SW3
Having wowed visitors with her award-winning design at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018, landscape designer Hay-Joung Hwang has created another urban sanctuary in the heart of Chelsea. Situated within a short stroll of Sloane Square, The Draycott is a collection of 10 individually designed apartments with beautiful, handcrafted interiors. For Apartment One, the triplex garden apartment, the garden design features a frameless glass pavilion that creates a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor space. It’s perfect for entertaining or as a tranquil place to relax – an oasis that can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The Little Boltons, London, SW10
Houses rarely come up for sale in the Little Boltons for a number of reasons. Situated in one of Chelsea’s premier residential streets, these spacious villas were designed with wonderful proportions, and have large windows and high ceilings that make the most of the space and light.
This five-storey semi-detached villa has been restored to an exceptional standard. The spacious design and natural finishes create an easy flow, particularly at the lower ground level where the rear garden becomes an extension of the open living space. With a south west orientation, it’s an idyllic spot to enjoy the evening sun. For a higher elevation, there are two expansive terraces.
Grasse, French Riviera
Settled in the hills to the north of Cannes, this traditional bastide sits in a slightly elevated position overlooking a shady olive grove interspersed with scented cypress trees.
The house dates back to 1900 but has been lovingly renovated throughout to provide spacious living over three levels. The exterior has an authentic Mediterranean ambience, from the large south-facing terrace that overlooks the swimming pool to the shaded, vine-covered terrace – the perfect place to spend a relaxing lunchtime among the soothing aromas from the garden.
Cannes is only 18km away. Even so, it will be difficult to tear yourself away from this peaceful retreat.
Standen House, Hampshire, UK
Set deep in the Hampshire countryside, but with good transport links nearby, Standen House is surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful gardens, paddocks and woodland. From its secluded position, the classic Georgian architecture provides well-proportioned entertaining rooms and living space as well as two additional cottages and outbuildings.
The grounds include formal lawns, a water garden and walled gardens, while a rose walk leads to the swimming pool. It also has the most exceptional equestrian facilities. These include a stable yard, an outdoor riding school and nine paddocks. A network of bridleways lead directly off the estate into the surrounding countryside for that early morning ride.
Details and contact
Contact Ed Sugden
Bishopscourt, Cape Town, South Africa
The leafy suburb of Bishopscourt is one of Cape Town’s most private and prestigious places to live, popular with families, ambassadors and bishops (Desmond Tutu lived in the area). And this property on Upper Primrose Avenue is in one of the finest locations.
This five-bedroom family home is spacious and eclectically designed, with each room providing a sensory experience. The most dramatic one, however, is from the rooms at the rear of the house, which overlook a sparkling pool and terraced gardens and extend beyond to lush vegetation and the towering slopes of Table Mountain National Park. The neighbourhood is also close to the tranquil surroundings of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Details and contact
Contact Tom Vickery
Shefford House, Berkshire, UK
Like the best country houses, Shefford House sits beautifully in its setting on the edge of the Berkshire Downs. The Grade II listed Georgian property has been extensively refurbished, with many beautiful period features throughout its impressive proportions.
Close to the house, there is formal structure to the lawns and hedging. The orangery opens onto a seating area in the lower terrace which, in turn, leads to a second terrace. Facing south west and sheltered by the natural topography, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy an English summer evening. Further afield, the estate extends to 120 acres, which includes parkland, woodland and arable land.
Stedcombe House, Axmouth, Devon, UK
Perched on the eastern slope of the Axe Valley in 20 acres of grounds, this classic example of William and Mary architecture has looked out over the rolling Devon countryside for more than 300 years.
Privately situated, yet within easy reach of picturesque coastal towns and beaches, Stedcombe House is a characterful Grade I listed country house. Meticulously restored by the current owner, rooms have high ceilings, excellent proportions and authentic period features, while the large belvedere provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding parkland and woodland.
Outside, there’s an attractive stableyard with numerous outbuildings, a three-bedroom lodge and three walled gardens.