Nothing beats your own private slice of paradise when the sun comes out to play. Whether you're planning to host the ultimate backyard barbecue, or just dream of lazing on a sun lounger with a cold drink, take a little inspiration from these properties and their perfect summer gardens.
Find peace and quiet in a walled garden
This five-bedroom detached house in Maresfield has its own private walled outdoor area, which also has no overlooking neighbours. That makes it an ideal spot for romantic al fresco dinners on summer evenings and for banishing those tan lines when the temperature soars. It's beautifully planted, too, so no need to invest in new bulbs or seeds.
Soak up the sun with a south-facing garden
This three-bedroom terraced property in Walton-on-Thames has a long, south-facing back garden with plenty of potential. Glass doors lead straight from the open plan kitchen and dining area onto a spacious patio, where you can hold family barbecues on those rare but wonderful hot British summer days.
Run free with a wraparound garden
If your idea of summer in the garden involves kickabouts with the kids, this four-bedroom bungalow in Barleycroft Cowfold will be right up your street. The large private outdoor area wraps around three sides of the property, so there's plenty of space to play. It already has some raised beds for growing veggies and herbs too, so you can add some home-grown accompaniments to your barbecued burgers.
Embrace the country life with a large lawn
You get plenty of space for your buck north of the border, and this grade B listed flat just outside Perth in Scotland has its own huge private garden and patio. The lawn is great for croquet, and there's excellent trout and salmon fishing practically on the doorstep. We reckon freshly caught fish may just beat shop-bought sausages for summer entertaining.
Going out to pasture
When it comes to garden goals, it's hard to beat this four-bedroom detached house in Llanboidy Whitland, Wales. The bedroom has its own terrace where you can lounge with your morning coffee, and a set of stairs takes you down into three and a half acres worth of garden. There are also two smaller lawns and a vegetable garden or two to the side of the house. The three pastures are perfect if you've always dreamed of owning a pony or other animals.