Hot property: gardens

Five homes with luscious views of nature, including a cottage in Rhode Island and an estate dating from 1400 in Tuscany

Kennel Cottage, Gray Craig, Middletown, Rhode Island, US, $4.7m

Where: Four miles from the centre of Newport, 75 miles from Boston’s Logan international airport.

What: Kennel Cottage was originally built in 1924 as part of the 77-acre Gray Craig estate. The cottage has three bedrooms, 4,200 sq ft of internal space, and 8.47 acres of land.

Why: The living room of Kennel Cottage opens on to a large stone terrace with views of the informal and formal gardens. There is a rose garden, an amphitheatre garden with a fishpond and a 20,000 sq ft walled fruit orchard complete with a folly at the end.

Who: Lila Delman Real Estate, tel: +1 401 848 2101

Where: Near the town of Lucca in northern Italy, 30km from Pisa international airport, 77km from Florence.

What: A 120-acre estate, dating from 1400, with two villas, three farmhouses and a swimming pool. The estate has 10 bedrooms in total.

Why: One of the villas,Villa Mommi (above) is surrounded by mature formal gardens with Cypress trees, lavender, box hedging and a greenhouse. The wider estate has olive groves, woodlands and natural streams.

Who: Beauchamp Estates, Italy, tel: +39 055 265 4089

Where: Near the town of St-Rémy-de-Provence in southern France, 20km from Avignon and 50km from Marseille Provence international airport.

What: A completely renovated former farm building with views over the Alpilles mountain range. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and an outdoor swimming pool.

Why: The gardens measure 5,500 sq metres and have been landscaped by the current owners, who have created different “bedrooms” with roses, vines and fruit trees, which are lit up at night and irrigated automatically.

Who: Winkworth International, tel: +44 207 870 7181

Where: In the village of Sawston, seven miles south of Cambridge, 56 miles from London and 20 miles from Stansted international airport.

What: A recently restored Grade I-listed house with four bedroom suites, two Tudor state bedrooms and a guest bedroom. The 58-acre estate has been converted back to a private residence from a language school.

Why: The estate’s formal gardens were restored by Richard Ayres, head gardener at Anglesey Abbey. They include yew topiary, a rose garden and a wild flower meadow designated as a site of special scientific interest.

Who: Savills, tel: +44 1223 347147

Where: Near Holetown, on the west coast of Barbados, 28km from Grantley Adams international airport.

What: An old sugar plantation built in 1735 and refurbished in 2006. The five-bedroom main house has a 300-year-old private chapel, an outdoor pool and dining pavilion for 14 people within its 23 acres of grounds

Why: The mature gardens have been cultivated over hundreds of years and contain a number of ancient plants such as the mahogany trees that line the driveway. There are also royal palms, golden palms, ginger lily, bougainvillea and red banana plants. A one-bedroom guest house comes with its own walled garden of exotic species.

Who: Savills International, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

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