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6 Homes with Glorious Gardens and Greenhouses

Ahead of Earth Day (April 22), Luxury Defined spotlights a collection of homes for farm-to-table living

The greenhouse has evolved from its origin in 13th century Italy as a glazed alcove to grow the exotic cultivars brought back by explorers. Its descendants include the orangerie, the conservatory, and the solarium. Today’s greenhouse can be an industrial-scale, practical workspace for the professional grower of fruits and flowers, or a garden retreat for the green-thumbed amateur that adds to the beauty and value of a home. Greenhouses permit exacting control of growing conditions, extending the growing season and allowing tropical varieties to flourish regardless of the climate outside. Today’s conservatories double as sunrooms, breakfast rooms, and other luxurious living spaces with unobstructed views of the sky and the natural world outdoors. Take a tour of these beautiful homes and their glorious glass houses designed for farm-to-table living.

Arts and Crafts-Style Manor House in St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands

This magnificent manor house in St Brelade is set within 7.5 acres of picturesque grounds, regarded among the most beautiful private gardens on the island of Jersey. At the entrance, a long, gated driveway with ample parking for guests leads to the 10,400-square-foot main house, built circa 1912 in the Arts and Crafts style. The property has been sensitively restored and refurbished to exacting standards. The fine architectural details remain beautifully intact, from the stately granite facade, with its ornate gables and tall chimneys, to the wood-panelled foyer with its sweeping oak staircase and parquet flooring. The elegantly proportioned reception rooms are styled for grand-scale entertaining, and include a grand entrance hall, formal living and dining rooms, and a conservatory. The jewel in the crown is the billiards room, with its cathedral ceiling and vast windows facing the gardens. In addition to the mature formal gardens are woodland walks, a thatched summer house, and a large Edwardian-style greenhouse, an En-Tout-Cas tennis court, and a swimming pool with changing rooms. A two-bedroom guest cottage and artist’s studio/yoga room and are further amenities. The property is close to the beach at La Haule, St Aubin’s Village, St Brelade’s Bay, and Jersey Airport

Sorrento in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland

This elegant Victorian house in Dalkey, County Dublin, is unique for its L-shaped design, panoramic sea views, and extensive gardens, which feature level lawns bordered by mature shrubs and an original Victorian greenhouse.

Sorrento is a circa-1860 Victorian house in the upscale coastal enclave of Dalkey, County Dublin. This fine three-story residence is unique for its L-shaped design and extensive gardens, which are hidden behind electric gates and accessed via a gravel driveway from Nerano Road, one of Dalkey’s most coveted addresses. An orangery, at the southeast elevation, provides a panoramic view of Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey Island and Sound, the Kish Lighthouse, and the Howth Peninsula. The property was sensitively restored, fully refurbished, and wonderfully maintained by the present owners. The reception rooms include a formal drawing room and dining room served by a chef’s kitchen with a beautiful Murano skylight. Farther along is an office and gym. An abundance of windows showcase the breathtaking sea views. Beyond the house is a patio with a hot tub and a paved sun terrace. Sorrento’s slopeside lawns have been raised to create a level playing pitch for family friendly enjoyment. Mature gardens planted with shrubs around the perimeter ensure utmost privacy. Adding to the charm is the original Victorian greenhouse.

Pastoral Estate in Louveciennes, Yvelines, France

Greenhouse glass and oversized windows illuminate this contemporary masterpiece. It’s a luxurious open-plan retreat nestled in nearly 1.5 acres in Louveciennes, a leafy enclave just outside Paris that inspired such Impressionist painters as Camille Pissaro, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The gardens are bordered by acres of private woodland, once the grounds of Château de Madame du Barry, the estate of Jeanne Bécu, Comtesse du Barry, mistress of Louis XV. The six-bedroom home offers 5,812 square feet or 540 square meters of living space (as conservatively defined by France’s Carrez Law). The centerpiece is a grand, double-height entrance hall crowned with a glass barrel-vault ceiling. Farther along is a glass-enclosed gourmet kitchen, a living room with a white-marble fireplace, and a beautiful light-filled conservatory with an inner garden and water feature. The garden level includes a spacious family room opening to the grounds. All the upper-floor bedrooms open to terraces, including the principal suite, with spa-inspired bathroom and dual dressing rooms. A mezzanine office overlooks the wooded gardens below. A two-car garage and gated driveway are further highlights. Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and Place de Place de l’Etoile are all less than 15 minutes’ drive away.  

Windward Farm in Holland Township, New Jersey

Windward Farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, is a sanctuary of peace and privacy, within commuting distance of both New York City and Philadelphia. This idyllic 125-acre country estate is ideal for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts, and horticulturists alike. It’s also a working farm, with cultivated fields, a fig orchard, apiary, chicken coop, and organic fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens and a vineyard planted with several grape varieties. The 18,000-square-foot main house is at the highest point of the property to maximize the views of the surrounding hills and mountains. The meticulously crafted home offers three levels of luxurious living space with five bedrooms, six full and three half bathrooms. Beautiful natural finishes abound throughout the residence, including hand-carved entrance doors, hardwood and stone floors, and massive wood beams harvested for the construction. Appointments include a wood-panelled library, a family room, chef’s kitchen, and extensive terraces for outdoor entertaining. The main floor is anchored by a magnificent double-height great room with a monumental stone fireplace (one of seven in the home) and geometric windows to take in the pastoral views. Sports and recreation amenities include an outdoor tennis court, indoor squash court, workout and yoga rooms, a sauna, and heated saltwater pool with Jacuzzi. There’s also an event space, two renovated barns, and a new 7,200-square-foot pole barn. 

Skaha Lake Estate in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, Canada

This 185-acre country estate in the hills of the Okanagan Falls wine region in British Columbia, Canada, comprises two dwellings, outbuildings, an equestrian facility, and farm-to-table gardens. A long winding drive leads past verdant fenced pastures to the custom-designed post-and-beam main house. Inside are 7,293 square feet of luxurious living space with panoramic views of Skaha Lake and the Okanagan Valley. The guest house offers an additional 900 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. The many resort-inspired amenities include a heated indoor pool with sliding doors, a sauna, wine cellar, and a large covered patio with pizza oven, fireplace, and wet bar. The gardens are a horticulturist’s delight with a variety of fruit trees and an irrigated vegetable garden. The property also includes a four-stall barn and fenced pastures, a dog run, storage/wood shed, two double garages, a backup generator, private well, reservoir, and water rights to Derenzy Lake.

Santa Elena in Luján, Argentina

Santa Elena is an impressive ranching estate comprising a main residence and 2,177 acres of formal gardens, parkland, pastures, and forests along the Luján River, 46 miles northwest of Buenos Aires. The circa-1943 main residence is built on the lines of an Anglo-Norman castle, but its large, formal windows admit plenty of light. The main house upper floor has 15 bedrooms, including a deluxe master suite with fireplace and separate study. The attic has two bedrooms, a bathroom, and the best views of the estate. The guest apartment is self-contained with a master bedroom and living and dining areas. The outbuildings include greenhouses, an Art Deco chapel, stables and tack room. A half Olympic-sized pool and clay tennis court are among the recreational options.