April 18, 2014 6:23 pm

For sale: five high-end homes with walled gardens

From an 11th-century watchtower in Italy’s Perugia region to a restored, five-storey brownstone house in Manhattan
The Castle of Todi, Perugia, Italy

The Castle of Todi, Perugia, Italy, €3.5m

Where On the east bank of the river Tiber in Perugia, central Italy, 6km from the town of Todi and 58km from Umbria airport.

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What An 11th-century watchtower, historically known as the Tower of Porchiano. The property was restored in 2005 and the main house has a lift connecting three floors with five bedrooms. Within the two acres of land there is a one-bedroom guest cottage, a caretaker’s house and an outdoor swimming pool.

Why The castle gardens are partially enclosed by high stone walls and feature pine, boxwood, bay and fig trees, as well as climbing roses, wisteria and geraniums. There is also a traditional Italian garden with fountains and pergolas.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, milan-sothebysrealty.com, tel: +39 055 075 1888

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132 East 62nd Street, New York, US, $27m

132 East 62nd Street, New York, US

Where In the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a short walk from Central Park and 5th Avenue, and 16 miles from JFK airport.

What A restored, five-storey brownstone house, built by architect John Sexton in 1869, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 6,000 sq ft of living space.

Why Unusually for such a central location, the house has a walled garden, measuring 20ft by 31ft, with a covered dining area and a water-wall design feature at one end. All objets d’art and furniture are included in the property sale.

Who Douglas Elliman, thealexanderteam.elliman.com, tel: +1 212 350 8541

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Manor house, Almancil, Algarve, Portugal, €2.99m

Manor house, Almancil, Algarve, Portugal

Where On Portugal’s south coast, five minutes’ drive from Almancil town, and 20 minutes from Faro airport.

What Built in 2006, a large manor house with six double bedrooms, four bathrooms and three reception rooms. A heated swimming pool is set within 1.5 hectares of landscaped grounds.

Why There is a secure back garden with a large lawn and pond. The orchard has fig, almond and olive trees, and is surrounded by one-metre-thick stone walls.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.ie, tel: +44 207 861 1097

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Hilcott Farmhouse, Pewsey, Wiltshire, UK, £1.75m

Hilcott Farmhouse, Pewsey, Wiltshire, UK

Where In a hamlet on the edge of Pewsey, 11 miles from Marlborough, 90 miles from London, and 74 miles from Heathrow airport.

What A five-bedroom, Grade II-listed home, dating from the 17th century, with the possibility of additional guest accommodation in a granary barn. The property is set in four acres which includes a pool, paddock, orchards and landscaped lawns.

Why On one side is a quarter-acre walled garden planted with climbing roses, quince trees, lavender, herbs, spring and winter vegetables, and flowers.

Who Strutt & Parker, struttandparker.com, tel: +44 1635 521 707

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House Mediterranea, Stari Grad, Hvar, Croatia, €296,000

House Mediterranea, Stari Grad, Hvar, Croatia

Where On the north side of the island of Hvar in Dalmatia, a five-minute walk from Stari Grad harbour. From here, ferries take two hours to reach Split, which has an international airport.

What A newly renovated 16th-century stone house, with some parts dating back to Roman times. It has 893 sq ft of internal living space and three bedrooms.

Why The 1,400 sq ft garden is surrounded by stone walls and features a barbecue area and a grapevine-covered roof providing natural shade.

Who Elion Nekretnine, agent for Mayfair International Realty, mayfairinternationalrealty.com, tel: +385 95 6177 288

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