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Top Seeds: 7 Homes with Tennis Courts

Ahead of Wimbledon, Luxury Defined showcases stellar properties with professional-grade tennis courts

Founded in 1877, Wimbledon, The Championships, is the world’s most prestigious and oldest tennis tournament, predating the modern Olympic Games. This year’s tournament, June 27-July 10, marks the centenary of Centre Court. Much has changed since then. Most notable is the retractable roof (added in 2009) to allow for play to continue in spite of England’s famously unpredictable weather. Herewith, in honor of the world’s most famous tennis court, Luxury Defined presents a collection of tennis homes for the casual player or the most seasoned pro.  These homes’ sophisticated courts have a choice of playing surfaces. Choose among the vividly colored DecoTurf hard courts of the US and Australian Opens, the red clay of the French Open, or the elegant lawns of the All England Club itself. Further advantages include stadium lighting, umpire chairs, shaded spectator seating, and even courtside bars for spirited rallies of Pimm’s Cup and volleys of strawberries and cream. Service, please!

Venetian Palace in Croix des Gardes, Cannes, France

An immaculate lawn tennis court with an umpire chair, spectator-viewing platform, and stadium lighting is among the amenities at this magnificent private palace on the French Riviera.

This newly built Venetian-style palazzo overlooking the Bay of Cannes is an airy, light-filled homage to the symmetrical architecture of Italian Renaissance master Andrea Palladio. Unique in Cannes, the property is set like a jewel on more than six acres of classically inspired grounds in a residential enclave just five minutes from the bustling shoreline Boulevard de la Croisette, home of the Cannes Film Festival. The stately 21,500-square-foot residence features huge windows, high ceilings and ornate finishes throughout along with every conceivable amenity for the luxury lifestyle, including smart-home automation and underfloor heating throughout, a wine cellar, and indoor pool. Adding to the splendor are the magnificent grounds, which feature a lawn tennis court, a lavish pool terrace, a lagoon with fountains and palm islands, and resplendent formal gardens with a breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean Sea.

Spanish Grange Overlooking the South Shore in Smith’s Parish, Bermuda

This ocean-view estate in Smith's Parish, Bermuda, exudes 1940s charm. In addition to the regulation tennis court, the property includes a pavilion, swimming pool with pool house and bar, and beautiful palm-lined gardens facing the ocean.

Spanish Grange is ensconced within three acres on Bermuda’s South Shore. Built in the 1940s, this grand estate was the home of English playwright Sir Terence Rattigan from the mid-1960s until his death in 1977. The palm-lined gardens exude Bermudian charm with a swimming pool, pool pavilion, wet bar, and regulation tennis court. Courtside is a tennis pavilion with changing rooms. The 7,200-square-foot main residence is entered via a Mediterranean-style courtyard with a fountain and bougainvillea. The foyer’s original black and white marble floor, arched French doors, convex ceiling, and Bermuda cedar staircase create an elegant first impression, as do the hardwood floors in the firelit living room and formal dining room. The terracotta-tiled kitchen has a center island, commercial-grade appliances, and an adjoining breakfast room with raised fireplace. Other main-floor appointments include a cedar-panelled library media room, wet bar, gym with steam shower and laundry room, and a one-bedroom guest apartment. Upstairs, the luxurious owner’s suite has a sitting room, three walk-in closets, and a luxurious bathroom with a freestanding soaking tub. The bedroom terrace has a panoramic view of the gardens and the sea. Four additional bedrooms, all en suite, complete the upper floor. The city of Hamilton, Bermuda International Airport, the Mid Ocean Club, and the Tucker’s Point Golf Club are all within 15 minutes’ drive.

River View Estate in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The River View Estate is a haven for sports and recreation with wooded trails, a tennis court, putting greens, baseball diamond with spectator stands, and a floating dock on the Ottawa River.

This 22.8-acre estate on Canada’s Ottawa River offers ultimate luxury and privacy, and world-class facilities for sports and recreation. A long, private driveway winds past the estate’s floodlit tennis court, private baseball diamond and spectator stands, and putting greens. The palatial main residence is the pinnacle of luxury. Arched hallways with high ceilings lead to the spacious dining room, elegant living room, library, open-concept kitchen, and family room. The private bedroom wing includes a primary suite with a custom walk-in closet, a luxurious en suite bathroom, and a river-view terrace. The entertainment wing includes a recreation room with full bar, a den, a second kitchen, and a movie theater. There’s also a fitness room with access to an outdoor entertaining space. Beyond the wooded grounds are nature trails and 835 feet of shoreline on the Ottawa River, including a private dock styled as a luxurious private beach club.

Cedar Hill in Kilternan, Foxrock, Dublin

Cedar Hill is an idyllic rural retreat in the prestigious Dublin 18 village of Kilternan. The house sits on 2.3 acres of south-facing grounds, approached through wrought-iron electric gates and a long drive flanked by cherry blossom trees and lampposts. Landscaped pathways at the rear of the house link to a heated pool and a tennis court that doubles as an all-weather sports pitch and basketball court. Adding to the allure are two ponds, a granite footbridge, and exotic flower gardens. The living spaces are appointed with solid wood and crema marfil flooring and amenities including sophisticated security, surround-sound systems, central vacuum, laundry chute, and filtered water fountain. There are five en suite bedrooms, a country kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, a formal dining room with French doors to the gardens, and an elegant drawing room with a limestone fireplace, solid walnut floors, and double aspect windows to take in the views of the Dublin Mountains. The detached two-car garage, equipped with a Garo EV electric vehicle charger, includes a gym and games room.

An Exceptional Country Estate in St John, Jersey, Channel Islands

At this 35-acre rural retreat on the island of Jersey, residents will enjoy world-class amenities, including a tennis court, shielded by trees for privacy. Just beyond is an equestrian complex with an all-weather riding arena, four stables, and a tack room.

This sumptuously restored country estate sits in the Parish of St John in Jersey, Channel Islands, surrounded by landscaped grounds and its own 80 vergées (about 35.5 acres) of agricultural fields. The original granite farmhouse of some 14,200 square feet has been extended and entirely renovated. A gated entrance and a sweeping drive lined with trees, azaleas, and mature shrubs lead to the bespoke entrance door, which opens into a large reception space with a granite fireplace. The heart of the home is a spacious kitchen/dining area with an octagonal roof light and a bay window that overlooks the garden. The living room opens to the west courtyard, lawn, and sheltered tennis court beyond. A new extension houses a gym, swimming pool, and sauna. Nearby is a spectacular wine tasting room with temperature-controlled bottle storage, and a 14-seat movie theater with a star-effect ceiling and a custom sound system. A second-floor gallery leads to the four large en suite bedrooms. The owner’s suite has two dressing rooms and an en suite marble bathroom. On the second floor is a large home office with open views of the countryside. A four-bedroom cottage, with two en suite baths, links internally with the main house but has its own external access to the south patio garden and the main driveway. The west garden has a sheltered courtyard with symmetrical planting, a barbecue for alfresco dining, and direct access to the movie theater, pool, and living room. Beyond is the tennis court, surrounded by a shield of trees for privacy. Just along from the walkway is an all-weather riding arena, four stables, and a tack room. Two separate garage blocks, housing four and three cars respectively, and a one-bedroom staff quarters are additional amenities.

Chianti Vineyard Estate in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

This Chianti wine estate’s resort-worthy facilities include a grass tennis court, soccer pitch, and three swimming pools.

This Tuscan vineyard and agriturismo estate abides on 210 acres in the heart of Chianti country, with 30 acres of vineyards planted with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties among olive groves, arable land, woodland, and a lake. The agriturismo business is a work in progress, organized around three “hamlets”—free-standing buildings which include multiple rental units, three sun-worshipper swimming pools, a soccer pitch, and an immaculate lawn tennis court overlooking the vines. Hamlet A has been renovated and finished in rural Tuscan style, with wood beams, terracotta floors, stone walls, fireplaces, arches and traditional fixtures. Its restaurant and conference hall building is under construction. Hamlets B and C are structurally complete and require only their final finishes.

Windward Farm in Holland Township, New Jersey

Windward Farm is a luxurious family home, vineyard, and working farm on 125 acres in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The property is a dream for sports enthusiasts and includes a regulation outdoor tennis court, as well as an indoor squash court, swimming pool, workout and yoga rooms.

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, horticulturists—and sports enthusiasts with an outdoor tennis court, indoor squash court, workout and yoga rooms, a sauna, and heated saltwater pool with Jacuzzi. 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 beautifully crafted home offers three levels of luxurious living space with five bedrooms, six full and three half bathrooms. Beautiful natural finishes throughout range from the hand-carved entrance doors and hardwood and stone floors to the 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 double-height great room is the centerpiece, with its monumental stone fireplace (one of seven in the home) and geometric windows to take in the pastoral views.