If you love hosting family and friends, why not make the most of the long summer days and balmy evenings ahead by finding a home that’s geared for alfresco entertaining? Whether a patio, roof terrace or gorgeous garden, all these properties for sale incorporate sociable and stylish outdoor spaces, so fire up the barbecue and start pouring the drinks.
1. Branston, Lincoln, £210,000
Sitting in a conservation area, this beautifully restored semi-detached stone cottage is full of character and period charm, yet is as energy efficient as a new build. It has two double bedrooms – one with a walk-in wardrobe – a first floor bathroom, a sitting room, kitchen and cloakroom, double-glazed casement windows throughout and parking at the back. A highlight is the beautifully landscaped patio garden, which faces south so is soaked in sunshine for most of the day. Find out more by contacting Mount & Minster.
2. Green Hills, Blackburn, Lancashire, from £319,995
The Dovecote 4+ house is part of a new community situated on a Pennine hillside and inspired by traditional Lancashire farms and barns. Arranged over three storeys, it includes four bedrooms, an open plan kitchen/dining room, a separate living room, integrated garage and a unique multi-level garden with a bridge. French doors open out from the ground floor onto a patio, while the bridge, accessed via bi-fold doors on the first floor, leads to the upper garden where the kids can play while you’re enjoying cocktails below. Through Kingswood Homes.
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3. Horizons Tower, London E14, £1.2m
This spacious duplex penthouse has two ensuite bedrooms with balconies, a large kitchen/living room, parking space, and use of a 24-hour concierge service and a residents’ gym. It’s perched at the top of a 26-storey building just east of Canary Wharf and facing the Thames, so it goes without saying that the views are pretty spectacular. As is the private rooftop terrace, incorporating an outdoor kitchen, built in barbecue, seating and dining areas. Interested? Contact JLL.
4. Malveira da Serra, Cascais, Portugal, 1.65m euros (approx. £1.389m)
Once a retreat for Portuguese nobility, today Cascais is a buzzing holiday town with a historic core and surrounded by beautiful beaches. High above it you’ll find this detached three-bedroom villa, which was designed to make the most of sea and mountain views, and of course, the climate. It comprises a main two-bedroom house a smaller one-bedroom house and a garden area with a swimming pool, kitchen and two substantial decks – one currently used for dining and the other as an outdoor living room. Contact Fine & Country.
5. Tremayne, Kirkby Overblow, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, £1.645m
A remodelled and substantially extended six bedroom, four-bathroom house with scenic views over the Yorkshire Dales. Ideal for a large and sociable family, it incorporates a study/TV area, games room and a cinema with surround sound in the living room, and is equipped with smart technology so that the heating, lighting, security and music can all be controlled by an app. There are several entertaining zones in the garden: a flagged terrace with an infinity pond outside the kitchen, a lawn and summerhouse at the side of the house, and a decked seating area – and second summerhouse – at the back. Discover more by getting in touch with Carter Jonas.
6. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, £2.5m
Guests will never want to leave this contemporary five-bedroom house as the secluded, south-facing garden offers the ultimate in outdoor living. The open plan kitchen/dining/reception room and one of the two reception rooms open onto an expansive paved terrace with steps leading up to a heated pool, surrounded by a sunbathing area and a timber-clad outbuilding accommodating a bar, Jacuzzi, gym and sauna. There’s also a summer house, a play area and dedicated space for a table tennis table. Through John D Wood.
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7. Parc du Cap, Cap d’Antibes, France, from (approx. £3.9m)
Each of the 10 four-bedroom, four-bathroom penthouses in this ultra-exclusive development comes with a huge private roof terrace providing panoramic views over the Cote d’Azur towards Nice and the Italian Alps, or across the bay to Cannes – or both. There’s an infinity pool where the water appears to merge with the sparkling sea beyond, and plenty of spaces for eating, relaxing, soaking up the sun or sitting in the shade. What’s not to love? Contact Cauldwell for more info.
8. South Kensington, London SW7, £3.995m
Buying this bright and breezy three-bedroom mews house will put you into perpetual party mode as it includes a lower ground floor cinema room, an open plan kitchen/entertaining space taking up the entire ground floor, and a large luxurious roof terrace at the top. A haven for hedonists, this is kitted out with an outdoor kitchen with a grill and wine fridge, a covered Jacuzzi, a wall-mounted television and outdoor living room. It’s for sale through Dexters.
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