Homes for your (new) Hobbies - Gardening
As the Chinese proverb goes, life begins the day you start a garden.
That sounds fantastic, but often, life is the one thing getting in the way of making a start on yours. So perhaps now, during this period of social distancing, it’s the time to tackle the overgrown jungle that you’re faced with, each time you glance out the kitchen window.
Gardening is a great way to make the most of your time outdoors, particularly while we’re not able to stray far from our homes. It’s fantastic exercise, beneficial to mental health and gives a wonderful sense of achievement when you can finally relax and enjoy your creation.
So, whether you have acres of land to play with, a 3m x 3m patch of soil, or a balcony in the city, here are some of our loveliest homes with well-manicured and perfectly planted outdoor space, to inspire the budding horticulturists amongst us.
Gardens big and smallThe garden of Skirling House is south-west facing and extensive, retaining the lines set out a century ago. A partly paved terrace with cobbled heart shapes, herbaceous borders and herb beds leads to a central lawn bordered on both sides by specimen trees and paths cut through the undergrowth. On the east side of the house are vegetable beds, a stone well with water feature and on the wall an iron monkey with a bell. There is a fenced wild area to the east side of the garden with a large wildlife pond. The garden also contains two interesting sundials and a tennis court which has not been used in recent years. Extending to approximately 2550 square feet (236 square meters) this unique home has the felling of a “home within a home” and enjoys a fabulous lounge on the ground floor, kitchen and formal dining on the garden level, three bedrooms on the lower ground floor and three contemporary and generously proportioned en suites. This magnificent 17th Century style family home sits in a large, sheltered plot which is set back from the main road and accessed through wrought iron gates, with a separate garage, off-street parking and refuse store to the side of the property. The beautiful, peaceful and easily maintained southfacing rear garden feels a world away from city life and features an expansive lawn bordered by mature trees and a wonderful selection of roses, foxgloves, peonies, azaleas, acers, magnolias, rhododendrons and bulbs. There is also an enchanting woodland area, two large ponds with water-lilies, a large patio area ideal for outdoor dining and entertaining and various seating areas.
Norham Place is located in the heart of Jesmond, this bustling suburb is highly regarded as one of Newcastle’s most popular areas as it is well positioned close to the city centre and well serviced for commuting options via bus, road and Metro. Towards the front of the property there is a town garden which is laid lawn with paved path leading up to the front door. Towards the rear is a lovely sized paved courtyard ideal for outside dining through the summer months.Set back from the main road, bordered by a tall hedge and accessed through arched main pedestrian entrance from main road and two sets of electric security gates which lead to a sweeping gravelled driveway. Trinity Mansion House benefits from a large courtyard to the side of the property, which is currently used as a basketball court but also provides secure parking for multiple vehicles. To the rear is a fully enclosed, peaceful and sheltered garden which has been beautifully landscaped to offer a sizeable lawn with patio area for outdoor dining, outdoor fireplace, water feature, external power supply, LED lighting, herb garden and sunken trampoline. Detached stone built quadruple remote control garage – currently sub-divided to offer a double garage with bike racks and storage; two store rooms and workshop. Additional cellar storage. Trinity Mansion Apartment is approached through a peaceful front garden with water feature, seating area and mature shrubs and trees. To the rear of the property is a sizeable walled garden which is laid to lawn and offers ample space for outdoor furniture and children’s play equipment.