With the UK’s (and the world’s) most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon, crowning its 2023 champions at the weekend, we’ve been inspired to share five properties that tennis lovers and sports enthusiasts will love.
From properties catering for a plethora of fitness activities including the facility to host their own tennis Grand Slams to an apartment overlooking Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, take a look inside five game-changing homes with us.
17th-century country house with asphalt tennis court, Lancashire – £900,000
For our first property, we present this stunning 17th-century home nestled in the picturesque Pudding Pie Nook Lane of Goosnargh, Preston. This attractive property dates back to around 1666 when it was constructed by a family who relocated to Goosnargh following the destruction of their previous home in the Great Fire of London. An ideal haven for tennis enthusiasts, the country house is spread across approximately 1.5 acres of meticulously landscaped grounds and boasts a private asphalt tennis court and a leisure suite.
Beyond its grand entrance, the Grade II listed property reveals a wealth of period features and spacious family accommodation. From the reception hall with exposed beams and open tread stairs, to the inviting lounge with original beams and a cosy wood-burning stove. The kitchen dining area, designed by Matthew Marsden, showcases an electric Aga nestled within a rustic brick alcove, complemented by quartz work surfaces and integrated appliances while the oak-framed garden room offers delightful views of the gardens and features underfloor heating for year-round enjoyment.
For added versatility, there is a separate annexe complete with a shower room and a well-equipped kitchen. Its basement, accessible via a spiral staircase, provides flexibility for a snooker room, additional bedroom, or bespoke space.
Beyond the residence, the exterior delights with mature gardens, including a south-facing rear garden with a spacious patio area and paths that lead to various tranquil corners and the tennis court, which promises endless enjoyment for avid players. Completing the outdoor area are a summer house, a three-level treehouse and a sunken trampoline.
A four-bed house set on a 14-acres estate in Dorking, Surrey – £900,000
For our next property, we present an attractive four-bedroom detached house set in the prestigious 14 acres Grenehurst Park estate in Capel, Dorking, Surrey. This property is a dream come true for tennis and fitness fans as the communal leisure facilities feature an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and gymnasium. The house itself boasts a charming walled garden, a double garage with storage above, and has recently been updated by the current owners, with work including a stylish kitchen/diner with a roof lantern and central island, a utility room, a shower room, a generous sitting room with a wood-burning stove and a study on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms, offering ample space for comfortable living.
Grenehurst Park is located near the villages of Capel and Ockley, which offer popular amenities such as pubs, a farm shop and a church. The property is also well-positioned between Dorking and Horsham, both of which provide comprehensive shopping facilities, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
A four-bed farmhouse with 2 acres of land – Cheshire £1,450,000
Experience the epitome of rural charm at Sidings Farm, a stunning sandstone farmhouse in Beeston, Cheshire, that was built in the 1860s. Boasting a competition-standard floodlit tennis court and extensive outbuildings on over two acres of private land, this property is a dream come true for tennis fans. With picturesque views of Beeston and Peckforton, this idyllic farmhouse offers a serene escape neighboured by enchanting castles and rolling countryside. Inside, you’ll find a stylish kitchen/diner, a spacious sitting room with a wood-burning stove, and four bedrooms offering comfort and tranquillity. The expansive garden features a large terrace for outdoor enjoyment while a unique wooden building called “The Shack” offers guest accommodation and a secluded seating area with stunning views of Beeston Castle. Additional highlights include a self-contained annexe, three large barns for secure storage, and convenient access to local amenities, schools and major cities, with Manchester and Liverpool around an hour away by car.
A seven-bed Georgian manor house on the edge of the North York Moors National Park – £1,750,000
Indulge in the ultimate country lifestyle at The Manor House, a magnificent Georgian property nestled in the heart of Hutton Buscel, North Yorkshire on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This exceptional residence is the perfect party pad or venue for a sporty weekend, offering a luxurious living experience with extensive outbuildings and glorious gardens. Spanning nearly 7,700 sq. ft and spread over three floors, this seven-bedroom residence features a versatile layout, high-spec finishes and cutting-edge technology including remote-controlled systems for audio, visual media, lighting and heating, to Ruckus wireless technology and a Bang & Olufsen home speaker/cinema system throughout.
Outside, electric double gates lead to secure off-street parking, while the well-established gardens and grounds provide a private oasis. The expansive stone terrace is perfect for entertaining and al fresco dining, while the walled pool courtyard and all-weather tennis court offer the opportunity for endless enjoyment for tennis lovers. The traditional outbuildings have been converted into garaging, storage areas and a ‘party barn’ with space for a full-sized snooker table and bar. The surrounding landscape includes a herb garden, kitchen garden, orchard and a tropical garden surrounding the pool.
Additional highlights include the kitchen designed and fitted by Hovingham Interiors boasting a 27 ft kitchen breakfast room with custom-made features such as marble countertops, a Zip HydroTap, and high-end Gaggenau appliances; a spacious drawing room with restored parquet flooring, a historic fireplace and bespoke wall-to-wall cabinetry with a hidden bar; a library, conservatory, dining room, dry wine cellar, music room, playroom, gym and a variety of well-appointed bedrooms with luxurious ensuite bathrooms.
An 8th-floor apartment overlooking the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club – £1,050,000
While this 8th-floor apartment doesn’t come with its own tennis court, it provides one of the most amazing vantage points to take in the excitement of the Wimbledon Championships. With its expansive wall-to-wall windows, the open-plan living room of this two-bedroom apartment offers panoramic views of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club including the renowned ‘Henman Hill’ making it the perfect spot to soak up the tennis action from the comfort of your own home.
The apartment is situated on Somerset Road, Wimbledon, London offering easy access to the charming Wimbledon Village with its exclusive boutiques, bars and restaurants. Wimbledon Town, with its wide range of high street stores, District Line underground station and mainline station, is also within close proximity. The property also includes an underground parking space, storage facilities and additional outside parking.
Surrounded by four acres of communal landscaped gardens, the development provides a serene environment, complemented by the presence of a professionally staffed estate office. With a lease of 999 years from 1 January 1987, a service charge of £5,180 per annum and ground rent of £60 per annum, this apartment presents a rare opportunity for tennis enthusiasts seeking an exclusive tennis lifestyle in the heart of Wimbledon.