If the start of Wimbledon’s got you in the mood for a spot of tennis, take a look at the houses currently on the market that come with their very own tennis court. Be warned, they don’t come cheap.
Chilbolton, Hampshire, £3,150,000
The tennis court of this handsome Edwardian house boasts far-reaching views of the Test Valley, making it the perfect place for a knock-around as the sun goes down. As well as tennis, sports enthusiasts are well-catered-for in this eight-acre garden, which features equestrian facilities, a manège and a flat expanse of lawn well suited to football or croquet. In the house itself, there are five bedrooms, a modern kitchen and sitting room and a games room. Plus, there’s a cottage in the grounds if you need an extra accommodation for guests or tennis partners. For sale with Savills.
Princess Park Manor, Friern Barnet, £1m
It might be less than a mile to the underground, but this four-bedroom apartment feels like it’s right in the country. Set within the acres of parkland and beautifully landscaped gardens, there’s on-site tennis courts, giving you amble opportunity to brush up on your serve after (or even before) work. In fact, there’s no excuse not to stay fit as this luxury development, which has been converted from a Victorian building, also has a gym and swimming pool for its lucky residents. Speak to Ellis & Co to find out more.
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Windsor, Berkshire, £4.95m
The Old Vicarage comes with over 8,000 sqft of flexible accommodation and eight acres of grounds, which include a fenced tennis court, paddocks and a swimming pool. The house dates back to the 1800s and retains many original features such as a library with bespoke shelving, panelling, fireplaces and original windows. It’s in need of a little TLC but the rooms are still impressive with high ceilings and generous proportions. For more information, get in touch with Savills.
Eccleston Square, London, £1.2m
Just because it’s central London doesn’t mean you can’t catch a game of tennis. Inhabitants of this two-bedroom, stucco-fronted apartment comes also benefit from the use of a communal tennis court in the central garden square, so you can serve aces as double-decker buses drive past. The apartment itself is on the second floor and can be accessed via a lift, should you have exerted yourself too much on-court. Get in touch with Savills.
Easton, Winchester, £4m
Fancy a game of tennis with the gentle sound of a stream nearby? The tennis court at Fulling Mill is set within 70 acres of grass and woodland, much of which has river frontage and is in the heart of the Itchen Valley. If you get peckish after your game, the Fulling Mill Estate has been run as a fishery for several years, and there’s wild trout and grayling fishing in the river’s crystal-clear waters. The house itself is well-proportioned with four bedrooms and there are two other properties on the estate so you can invite guests and never be short of players. Contact Belgarum estate agents for more details.
Stocksfield, Northumberland, £1,975,000
This smart eight-bedroom Victorian house comes with a very smart tennis court, surrounded by trees and fenced off from the rest of the property’s eight acres. Tennis isn’t the only ball game catered for here; there’s also a billiard room and the neatly coiffed lawns are perfect for a game of croquet. Other standout features include original fireplaces, cornicing, servants’ bells and stables. While it feels like you’re in the heart of the countryside, the commute to Newcastle is very easy and the city is just 15.5 miles away. Contact Knight Frank for more information.
Dartmouth, Devon, £4.5m
Much thought has gone into the all-weather Astro Turf tennis court at Worden House, which has been designed for some serious serving – and that attention to detail is seen in the rest of the property too. While it may originate in the 16th century, Worden has been designed for thoroughly modern living, and there’s an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, Moroccan-style hammam spa and a state-of-the-art cinema/games room. And when you’ve finished having fun at home, you can take the mile-long woodland path down to the beach for more swimming. Contact Savills for more details.
Tasburgh, Norfolk, £3.5m
Surely one of the most beautiful places in the country to try and outwit your opponent on the tennis court, Tasburgh Hall is a Neo-Jacobean manor house with an epic 15 bedrooms and 25 acres of land. While it might be a hard tennis court, the setting is stunning with topiary gardens, a stocked lake and two botanic greenhouses in its grounds. The house is equally as impressive and has recently been renovated with gilded radiators, oak and stone flooring, a Clive Christian kitchen, Neville Johnson study and under floor heating. Speak to Sowerby’s for more details.
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