While city living certainly has its own perks and glamour, there is something truly special about living in a home that boasts gorgeous natural surroundings. You don’t have to be a nature lover to delight in the beauty of a well-landscaped property, with sprawling hills, lush greenery and the trickling of a nearby stream. Taking residence in a place that feels as if you have your own secret garden is soothing to the soul—and something you won’t find in the center of a city.
If you’re wondering where to even begin looking for such a marvelous type of home, fear not. We’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of five stellar properties that feature expansive grounds and gardens that are ideal for anyone looking for a bit of peace and tranquility. Not to mention, these properties come with top-tier frolicking capabilities. Leave your smartphone inside and bask in these glorious outdoor grounds.
1. California Craftsman
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom craftsman home in Nevada County, California, is the ideal home for anyone who loves to be surrounded by the natural beauty of a forest. There are garden pathways around the home, with ample opportunity to smell the crisp morning air as you take leisurely sips of your coffee. The home features an airy living room full of natural light, a spacious and aesthetically pleasing kitchen and lovely woodwork throughout.
The epitome of cozy, cabin living, this craftsman has large windows throughout, inviting the California sun inside to create a warm and inviting space. The location is also prime, with breathtaking views of the mountains and only a short distance from the village at Northstar.
2. Secluded Sanctuary
Solitude awaits you at this 3-mile creek oasis in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The sprawling property is situated at the end of a road and features both a main house and charming guest cottage. The main home has an impressive five bedrooms and spans over 4,000 square feet. The main house was rebuilt in 2012 and features marble, travertine and granite accents, along with custom distressed knotty alder cabinets. The main residence effortlessly blends rustic charm with elegant design.
The guest cottage has two bedrooms and one bathroom, making it ideal for visiting guests. Everyone will have plenty of privacy and the ability to relax in this secluded sanctuary. There is also a built-in hot tub and multilevel deck, making the outdoor amenities just as alluring as the indoor amenities.
3. Storybook Estate Outside of Paris
A charming property awaits you about 30 miles outside of Paris. This former 17th-century farm is nestled on over 5 acres of lush land and overlooks a large pond. The home is ideal for anyone itching to take on a new project. The property lends itself to being transformed into an equestrian center or an event venue for weddings.
The property is close to Paris for when you wish to travel into the city, but also offers the peaceful country vibe that many seek out for relaxation. The main house has eight rooms across three floors. The estate also features a newly renovated caretaker’s house.
4. Breathtaking Canadian Farm
Space will not be an issue with this 104-acre property in Ottawa, Canada. Locals may know the property by its former name, Hillcrest Christmas Tree Farm. The massive farm features a four-bedroom, three-bathroom main home which is as spacious as one would expect, with over 4,000 square feet of living space. It is an airy and bright residence, with stunning natural light and a cozy feeling of home. There is also a detached heated garage that can fit three vehicles. The grounds also feature three outbuildings which are all equipped with power.
5. Italian Eco-Luxury Villa
This six-bedroom, eight-bathroom energy class A-rated villa is located close to the historic Farnese Island and is a stunning feat in sustainable luxury. The villa underwent a three-year renovation process and adheres to the highest and strictest ecological standards. The estate includes a water softener, rainwater recovery, a generator, high-efficiency condensing boilers and advanced home automation.
Perhaps the most enticing feature of the villa is the sensory garden that surrounds the property, stretching to an acre and filled with magnificent colors and fragrances. Spend your afternoons reconnecting with nature as you walk within the garden that rests in your very own backyard.