Period town houses with great gardens

The last year has been challenging for many people in all walks of life and of all ages. It has left us wondering where we might choose to live in future; it has made us appreciate elements of our homes which previously we had taken for granted and many have come to appreciate the benefit of outdoor space.  For those living in towns and cities a sunny town house garden has been worth its weight in gold.

The demands of house purchasers have always ebbed and flowed like the tides but Covid has put a new focus on the key requirements going forward. A number of people that have registered with us over the past months have been looking to have larger gardens, a dedicated home office a greater number of family rooms so that different ages can have their own space or possibly a suitable outbuilding. Many families have decided to consider a move to the countryside whilst others don’t want to be isolated and are considering moving to a town or city. 

A key requirement most frequently requested is outdoor space and fortunately  there are a surprising number of period houses in our towns and cities that have wonderful bright and sunny gardens. Not visible from the street, behind many of our oldest town houses lies an oasis of calm, a secret known only to its owner. A place to develop a passion for gardening. Somewhere to simply sit and enjoy, seclusion, entertain, spend time with a cup of coffee of a cool glass of wine on a warm summer evening; a place for children to play or if space is limited have a bug hotel, the options are endless.

In the historic city of Chichester, 8 St Martin Square is part of a Georgian town house close to Priory Park and the shopping centre.  It has a lovely south facing walled garden with mature shrubs surrounding a paved terrace with island flower bed; it is easy to maintain and makes an ideal 'outdoor' room. The house which has a reception room, threee bedrooms and two bathrooms is on the market with a guide price of £750,000 through our Chichester office 01243 786 316.

In Marlborough one of the oldest houses in the town is 7 Silverless Street which is found just a few minutes walk from the high street and within walking distance of the golf club and open countryside. The house is deceptively spacious with four bedrooms, three reception rooms and three bath/shower rooms. To the rear is an idyllic secluded walled garden which has been creatively landscaped to include a terrace for alfresco dining, a lawn surrounded by flower beds, a vegetable patch and an arbour to provide a slightly shaded area for sitting and enjoying a cool drink on a hot summer evening. Currently on the market with an asking price of £740,000 though our London office 020 7664 6646.

A little further west is 8 Wonford Road, in the heart of St Leonards, one of the most favoured residential areas of Exeter. To the rear of this spacious period house, with its four reception rooms and 5/6 bedrooms, is a good sized garden which has been beautifully planed. The large area of lawn is surrounded by flower borders with a traditional array of herbaceous plants and flowering shrubs in addition to architectural evergreens and trees. This is a garden that offers plenty of scope for someone with green fingers or to simply enjoy entertaining family and friends. A guide price of £1,150,000 is being quoted by our Exeter estate agent office 01392 214 222.