Wimbledon fans will love these houses with tennis courts for sale

The Wimbledon finals are in sight. And if watching Chris Eubanks’ surprising and epic run, or seeing unseeded Marketa Vondrousova get to the finals has inspired you to dust off your racket in recent days, you will probably be wondering how to continue the fun when it’s all over at SW19.

So imagine if you only needed to stroll across an acre (or two) of your own land, to enjoy a brisk game of singles…

Exterior of Blueys Farmhouse in the countryside

Tempted? Curious? These are some of the most coveted houses with tennis courts on the property market right now. Which one will you be dreaming about?

1. A rare find, steeped in history

9-bedroom family home near Salisbury, Wiltshire

River by Baverstock ManorCredit: Savills

Guide price: £4,250,000

Grade II* listed Baverstock Manor hosts a swimming pool, stables and a barn, as well as a glorious tennis court. This ‘fine family home’, as described by Savills, is just seven miles outside of beautiful Salisbury and down the road from the picture-perfect village of Dinton, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The property’s (roughly) 18 acres of land are a true delight, and you can’t really get more picturesque than this. It’s clear to see that the building has a rich history – those stone mullioned casement windows speak for themselves.

Aerial view of Baverstock ManorCredit: Savills

Gardening enthusiasts will have plenty to tend to here, with herbaceous borders and a generous orchard filled with pear, quince, and damson trees – to name but a few. We’ve got our eye on the pool, which sits cosily in a walled garden, and just a gentle jog away you’ll find the lovely tennis court.

Blue kitchen at Baverstock ManorCredit: Savills

Tennis rackets aside, if you’re a fan of country chic interiors, you’ll be pleased to find a farmhouse kitchen decorated in duck egg blue, and playful brights in the dining room. But it goes without saying that this home is perfect for entertaining, with nine bedrooms in total, four baths, a south-facing dining room, drawing room, study, snug-cum-playroom, and not forgetting the detached three-bedroom cottage.

2. Charming farmhouse with uninterrupted views and a real wow factor

7-bedroom period farmhouse in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire

Lavender in gardens at Blueys Farmhouse in the Chiltern HillsCredit: Savills

You get a lot more than a tennis court with this fine property. Nestled within the Chiltern Hills, the stunning Grade II listed brick period farmhouse has seven bedrooms, and you will also be the proud owner of a two-bedroom cottage, separated from the main house by formal gardens, and surrounded by 116 acres of land.

Formal gardens at Blueys FarmhouseCredit: Savills

You’ll be charmed by lavender-filled garden beds, with roses and a pretty York stone terrace outside. While inside, the main property isn’t short of character either – with French doors, wooden beams and herringbone floors aplenty. 

Kitchen at Blueys FarmhouseCredit: Savills

The formal gardens to the back of the farmhouse, complete with a water feature and near-perfect hedging, pave the way to the swimming pool and more exceptional views.

Tennis court at Blueys FarmhouseCredit: Savills

Keep going and you will find the prized sunken hard tennis court – with a viewing gallery – which we can only imagine blissfully whiling away the time in. Should you manage to peel yourself away from the pitch, the stable and ménage are further back. This incredible property is on the market with Savills.

3. Natural springs and an idyllic riverside location

5-8 bedroom house in West Sussex

Hollist House in HaslemereCredit: Knight Frank

Guide price: £3,850,000

On the market with Knight Frank, Hollist House is a stunning Grade II listed Georgian country house, dating back to the 19th century. Wholeheartedly surrounded by nature, specimen trees and wisteria rustle in the 7.69 acres of land, and these gardens are so glorious that they are even opened to the public, on occasion.

Tennis court at Hollist House, HaslemereCredit: Knight Frank

Period features add endless charm, from the locally sourced Fittleworth stone walls to the curved sash windows, as do the springs and impressive 608 metres of river frontage. But let’s not forget the all-important tennis court, handily situated below the pool house. It’s made of artificial grass and surrounded by greenery, perfect for those who prefer a little more privacy during their game.

Conservatory at Hollist HouseCredit: Knight Frank

Does a tennis court add value?

It’s second to a swimming pool, according to estate agents

In 2022, Savills conducted a survey across 130 of its offices, asking agents to find out which amenities and home improvements were the most sought after by buyers, as well as which would add the most value. The results showed that during the pandemic there was a stark increase of people wanting to play tennis at home, making courts a very desirable feature.

“Two in five Savills agents (40%) said that a tennis court is a sought-after amenity, second to a swimming pool,” David Henderson, head of office at Savills Stow-on-the-Wold comments. “Some 90% also agreed that a tennis court would add value to a home. Our outside space acted as our private oasis during the pandemic – a trend that is here to stay.” 

And is it just around Wimbledon that these gorgeous houses, complete with courts, get snapped up? “The straight answer is no,” Tim Harriss, Partner and head of sales at Knight Frank’s Guildford office tells us. “It is consistently on the wish list.”

What are the key features to look for in an at-home tennis court?

Trees can be an issue

“You want to make sure it is not too close to a tree with deep roots as this can very quickly alter the surface of the court,” shares Harriss. Additionally, if you’re thinking of investing, be sure to consider the type of tennis court surface that will best suit you.

There are lots of options out there and factors like your preferred game pace and maintenance may all play a part in your decision, according to En Tout-Cas, which builds tennis courts. Be sure to speak with your estate agent for more information.

Camille Dubuis-Welch

Written by Camille Dubuis-Welch she/her

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Camille is a freelance writer based in north London with her cat and two friends. She has been writing on lots of interesting subjects over the past few years, starting out with a travel blog and online fashion column when she was studying English Language and Italian at the University of Manchester. Cam has been in love with everything interior design and garden-related since before she can remember. She previously worked for Yankee Candle, as well as Groupon, and is the former deputy editor of realhomes.com where she got to collaborate with some very inspiring DIYers and focus on small-space improvements.