Hot property: Spectacular gardens

A selection of homes with grounds as impressive as the buildings, from palm trees and fountains in Miami to a spring-fed lake in Ireland

▲ 8180 Erwin Road, Miami, US, $2.879m

Where In Coral Gables, an exclusive neighbourhood south-west of downtown Miami, around 10 miles from Miami International Airport and 20 minutes’ drive from Miami Beach.

What A 6,000 sq ft house with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a swimming pool, a kitchen and two lodges for guests and staff.

Why Situated a short distance from Miami’s best restaurants and galleries, the property makes for an ideal city escape. The walled garden has fountains, ponds, palm trees, pool-edged walkways and various tropical plants.

Who EWM Realtors, +1 305 206 4003

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Where Near Celbridge, a town around 20km west of Dublin and 35 minutes’ drive from Dublin airport.

What A Georgian estate dating back to 1785 and set on nearly 600 acres of land. The 11-bedroom home has an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool, private cinema, billiards room, wine cellar and pub.

Why The impressive grounds include formal gardens replanted to the original design and a 22-acre spring-fed lake that is stocked with trout. Lyons Demesne has the only private helicopter landing facility in Ireland with permission to operate 24 hours a day.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, +44 (0)20 7389 2478

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Where On an island in the Picinguaba archipelago, around five minutes’ boat ride from Ubatuba, which is 230km west of São Paulo.

What A nine-bedroom house with a swimming pool, barbecue, helipad, a pier for boats and three additional houses for guests and staff. The island has its own drinking water supply and power generator.

Why Given that this is the only house on the island, owners will have access to more than 2m sq ft of forest, trees, tropical plants and flowers. In addition to the privacy, there are excellent fishing, swimming and snorkelling opportunities.

Who Brazil Sotheby’s International Realty, +55 11 3065 3333

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Where In Richmond, around 15 miles south-west of central London and 12 miles from Heathrow International airport.

What An eight-bedroom house designed in a Palladian style by British architect Quinlan Terry. The 20,000 sq ft property overlooks the River Thames and comes with two 12.5 metre swimming pools, a gym, wine cellar, spa, private cinema and tennis courts.

Why The Old Garden is a country estate set on three acres and situated less than 20 minutes’ drive from central London. The garden was designed by Randle Siddeley.

Who Aylesford International, +44 (0)20 7351 2383

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Where In Biot, a medieval village in the south of France, around 8km from Antibes, 20km from Nice and 12km from Cannes-Mandelieu Airport.

What A newly restored six-bedroom house dating back to the 18th century. The property includes a 13 x 6m swimming pool and a garden room with a trellis, trompe-l’oeil frescoes and an outdoor dining area.

Why The garden was designed by Pierre and Nicole Champlin in the 1950s, and planted with giant cypress, orange trees and olive groves. Flowers include Magnolia delavayi and Mahonia lomariifolia.

Who Savills, +44 (0)20 7016 3740

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