We plough the fields and scatter
Many aspire to some degree of a self-sufficient lifestyle and, for those lucky enough to possess a home with a kitchen garden, taking produce straight from the vegetable patch to the pan is a reality. As autumn rolls in, keen gardeners are reaping the benefits of a meticulous planting schedule earlier in the spring. Home harvesters can now collect ripened fruit and sprouting vegetables from their kitchen gardens and orchards and stack them in the larder, share them with friends or deliver them to the local Harvest Festival. We have collected below a selection of homes with kitchen gardens, which allow home owners to enjoy the fruits of their own labour. Brushford Barton, situated in the village of Winkleigh, between the national parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor in Devon, boasts a kitchen garden that has been carefully cultivated and developed by the present owners. The walled garden produces such a bountiful harvest that there is sufficient surplus to donate significant amounts of produce to neighbours and local pubs each year. Beyond the walled garden is an orchard. The rest of the gardens are so striking that they are opened annually to raise money for the local church. Internally, the house boasts six bedrooms in addition to a separate cottage and large barn which is used for hosting parties. The property is on the market for 1,550,000 with our Exeter office (tel.: 01392 214222). For more information please click here.                Chrishall Grange is a Grade-II country house situated in the hamlet of Heydon, 12 miles to the south of Cambridge in East Anglia. To the north of the house is an immaculate walled kitchen garden which includes raised beds, a fruit cage and greenhouse. The second walled garden contains a swimming pool and stands adjacent to a formal garden with planted flower beds. The property itself dates from 1689 and, with its spacious reception rooms, eight bedrooms, separate two-bedroom cottage and party barn, is an ideal home for hosting weekend house parties; the perfect opportunity to use up the produce grown in the garden. The property is on the market for 3,450,000 with our Newmarket office (tel.: 01638 662231). For more information please click here.                      Pembroke Manor Estate, situated in the quiet hamlet of Blackboys, between the towns of Heathfield and Uckfield, East Sussex, includes not one, but two listed properties. The first, Pembroke Manor, is a six-bedroom country house, thought to date from the 16th century and the second, Stonebridge House, a timber-framed barn conversion with a separate staff flat. There are plentiful opportunities for growing fruit and vegetables: in addition to a fenced vegetable and fruit garden and two green houses, there is an arable field which is currently sown to wheat. The estate is on the market for 2,750,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Tunbridge Wells (tel.: 01892 521700). For more information click here.                  Willersey Barn, situated in a rural location close to the village of Broadway on the boundary between Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, dates from 1860 but 50 years ago was substantially rebuilt and extended. Stretching to the north of the property is an old orchard, with an avenue of fruit and Wellingtonia trees. Within the avenue is a walled vegetable garden and adjacent to this a childrens play house, ideal for young gardeners to store their trowels and shovels. The barn itself includes three bedrooms and there is a separate unconverted barn, which has the potential for conversion into additional accommodation. This property is on the market for 1,175,000 with Jackson-Stops & Staff, Chipping Campden (tel.: 01386 840224). For more information please click here.