This charming Victorian home, located in the heart of London’s De Beauvoir, boasts a private garden designed by an RHS Chelsea Flower Show winner — and it’s now for sale.
Refurbished to the highest standard, the focal point of the house on Mortimer Road is the lower ground floor with a breathtaking rear glass extension. It has been described by agents as a ‘stunning family house perfect for entertaining’.
Inside, this property elegantly intertwines modern living with period features, and boasts four well-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms, a bespoke hidden bar, and utility room complete with a clay-coated wall to allow clothes to dry quicker without major humidity levels.
Everything has been designed to give the feeling of space. The fully-fitted kitchen, complete with marble touches, is the heart of the home. Meanwhile, the dining room at the back provides the ultimate entertaining hub. There’s also a smart home heating, lighting and sound system, plus sliding doors leading you out to the garden.
Head up to the first floor and you’ll find the wonderful principle bedroom, complete with a dressing room, fitted wardrobes, spacious shower room, and an island unit ideal for neatly storing accessories. There’s also a full-depth, boarded loft space above which provides ample storage (this could also be turned into a guest room, subject to planning permission).
The garden is the perfect hideout for rebooting after a long day. West-facing and designed by Chelsea Flower Show winner, Darren Hawkes, it includes a copper swinging egg chair, cedar cladding which bleeds into a series of shelves, and an outdoor kitchen.
Speaking about the space, Darren says: ‘The garden had to work hard to provide screening from neighbouring properties. The toughest task was to create a garden that could accommodate a trampoline which could be removed in the future without compromising the design.’
This property is currently on the market for £3,450,000 with Savills.
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21 great gardening books for tips on plants, design and wellbeing
Gardener’s World: How I Garden: Easy ideas & inspiration for making beautiful gardens anywhereCredit: amazon.co.uk
Adam Frost’s practical, no-nonsense approach will help you plan and build a garden that works for you. The Gardeners’ World presenter takes you step by step through the whole process, whether you have a window box or a charming veg patch.
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Struggling to keep your houseplants alive? Wondering why leaves are turning yellow? This is the book for you. Sarah, also known as @theplantrescuer, is a self-taught houseplant obsessive who fills each page with her top tips on how to revive wilting plants. It has been described as a book to ‘help your plants not only survive but thrive’.
Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul: How to Nurture Your Well-Being with NatureCredit: amazon.co.uk
Gardening for Mind, Body and Soul celebrates the benefits of gardening — and how nature can boost our wellbeing. Highlights include learning about birdsong, exploring which plants release scents to soothe the mind, and how we can all promote feelings of balance and calm.
The Modern Gardener: A practical guide to gardening creatively, productively and sustainably
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Slip on your gardening gloves…Francis Tophill’s book is packed with everything the modern gardener needs. You’ll find plant advice, plant-based recipes, and tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Create a space that looks beautiful and attracts wildlife.
The National Trust GROW: Fill your world with plants (National Trust)
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Whether you want to create a mini wildflower meadow or make the most of your houseplants, this beautifully illustrated book from the National Trust is a fresh take on gardening. Plant lovers, this one is for you…
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Nancy Birtwhistle’s The Green Gardening Handbook does what it says on the tin. Featuring over 100 tips to help you grow with confidence, chapters include composting, seasonal recipes, guides to freezing, storing and preserving, and basic gardening equipment. It also features clever tips that will help you save money and reduce waste at home.
Modern Container Gardening: How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere
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Isabelle Palmer shows you how to make the most of every little space with a series of projects for small gardens, singular containers and window boxes, that can be completed in a day or weekend. Perfect for novice gardeners, Modern Container Gardening offers beautiful photography and clear step-by-step instructions.
National Trust School of Gardening: Practical Advice from the ExpertsCredit: Amazon
The National Trust employs over 500 gardeners with an extraordinary wealth of expertise. And now, in this in-depth guide, they pass on their wisdom and provide the answers any new and seasoned gardener is looking for. This book is intended to give you inspiration and confidence to make the most of your garden, without being overwhelmed with unnecessary technical detail.
Veg in One Bed: How to Grow an Abundance of Food in One Raised Bed, Month by Month
Veg In One Bed explains how to build your bed and grow from seed, as well advice on planting, feeding, and harvesting. YouTube gardening star Huw Richards shows how to guarantee early success by starting off young plants on a windowsill and suggests what to grow in each part of the bed.
RHS The Little Book of Wild Gardening
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Create a beautiful wildlife haven at home with the RHS’ Little Book of Wild Gardening. Divided into sections for different areas — including lawns, flower beds, edibles, trees and water features – you’ll find tips, tricks and helpful ideas for every space.
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The Practical House Plant Book by the RHS contains a dozen step-by-step projects to help you assemble an eye-catching terrarium, create a floating kokedama ‘string garden’, or propagate succulents. Complete with 175 in-depth plant profiles, this is an essential practical guide for indoor gardeners.
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A small garden space – an urban patio, a tiny backyard, or even just a pot by your door – doesn’t have to sacrifice style. In Small Garden Style, garden designer Isa Hendry Eaton and lifestyle writer Jennifer Blaise Kramer show you how to use good design to create a joyful, elegant, and exciting yet compact outdoor living space.
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Charles Dowding, innovator of no dig, teaches you everything you need to know about this method of organic gardening. With 19 chapters, you’ll learn how to use no dig on different soil types, recognise and massively reduce the different types of weeds, know the difference between soil and types of compost, and grow an abundance of vegetables using the no dig method.
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Get all the inspiration you need for planting cut flowers, and fill your home with colour and the gorgeous scent of the garden year-round with In Bloom. Clare Nolan reveals her secrets for growing a bountiful harvest as well as styling spectacular homegrown displays in this beautifully designed book.
RHS Complete Gardener’s Manual
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Wildlife Gardening: For Everyone and EverythingCredit: Amazon
Do you want to attract more bees, birds, frogs and hedgehogs into your garden? In Wildlife Gardening for Everyone and Everything, Kate Bradbury teams up with the Wildlife Trusts and the RHS to help you discover how you can make your garden, balcony, doorstep or patio a haven for garden wildlife. You’ll find handy charts, practical projects and fact files.
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Gardener and TV presenter David Domoney is a firm believer that indoor plants can make ‘a practical and emotional contribution to our wellbeing’. In this book, David explains the hard science behind the positive effect of the humble houseplant on wellness, and provides expert tips on how to keep your plants thriving, plus shares his top 50 life-enhancing houseplants.
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If you’re looking for new garden ideas, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design will guide you from planning to planting, such as choosing the correct materials for your structures and assessing your drainage, to laying patios, making ponds, and planting perennials.
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This planet-friendly book is filled with ideas for creating your own eco garden on any scale, from a small courtyard to a large garden or allotment. Discover organic techniques that improve biodiversity, learn the value of using recycled and reclaimed materials for landscaping, and take on simple projects such as making a pond and a wildlife hotel.
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Drawing on expert advice from the RHS, this best-selling reference book – organised by colour, size, and type, rather than as an A-Z directory – will help you select the right varieties for your outdoor space.
Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your HarvestCredit: Amazon
Joyce and Ben Russell have devised 30 kitchen garden projects, devised to either extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. These projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure.
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