Written by Carly Freestone | 28th June 2024

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Our top 5 homes with tennis courts

When searching for their dream home, many buyers have a checklist which includes a tennis court in the garden. Research tells us that a tennis court adds more value to a property than a swimming pool, so what do you need to bear in mind if you’re a homeowner considering adding a tennis court, or if you’re a keen player looking for a home for sale with a tennis court?

Houses with tennis courts

Cost versus value added...

The general consensus is that adding a tennis court to a country house could increase the value by at least £75,000. But how much does it cost to build a tennis court? Less than you might think. While the average cost for an outdoor swimming pool is £85,000, installing a tennis court would cost around £45,000 – although this varies depending on the type of playing surface, as well as equipment such as nets and posts, fencing and lighting.

 

Hard tennis court or grass?

Grass courts may be the dream, but they are high maintenance and require regular  mowing, rolling, feeding, weeding, moss control, scarifying and aerating. You will need to pay a professional or invest in the tools to do it yourself, including a lawnmower that cuts down to 6mm.  For all those reasons, most people opt for an all-weather porous surface for easy drainage.

 

Do you need planning permission for a tennis court?

Planning rules vary widely and you’ll need to contact your local planning authority for their rules on fence heights, change of land use (you can't just put a court on land defined as agricultural), and drainage.  Approach the subject of floodlights with care as they can be contentious.

 

The best spot for a tennis court

The ideal site for a tennis court is away from the house in a spot screened by trees or shrubbery. If you have the luxury of choice, opt for a north-south position rather than east-west to avoid sun in your eyes in the evenings.

 

The following are five of our finest homes with tennis courts, available for sale now:

 

Great Kimble House | Great Kimble, Buckinghamshire

six bedroom Victorian property with over 3 acres of gardens and paddocks. It comes with stables, a tennis court, swimming pool, double garage, and extensive driveway parking.

https://michaelgraham.co.uk/property/rps_mig-RIS230214

 

Park Farm | Preston Deanery, Northamptonshire

A period former farmhouse with a detached guest house and outbuildings in over 12 acres of gardens, paddocks and woodland. The gardens have a swimming pool and a tennis court.

https://michaelgraham.co.uk/property/rps_mig-NOR220314    

 

The Croft | Hitchin, Hertfordshire

A Victorian six bedroom house with a detached home office, a triple garage, driveway parking, a tennis court and approximately 0.9 acres of gardens and grounds.

https://michaelgraham.co.uk/property/rps_mig-HIT230134

 

The Manor House | Wymington, Bedfordshire

A Grade II listed property sitting in grounds of around 1.7 acres which contain a heated swimming pool, a tennis court and equestrian facilities.

https://michaelgraham.co.uk/property/rps_mig-BED240004

 

2 Crawley Grange | North Crawley, Buckinghamshire

A six bedroom property in a Grade II listed Tudor mansion, and comes with a gym, stables, a garage, parking, and private gardens as well as communal grounds which contain a swimming pool and tennis courts.

https://michaelgraham.co.uk/property/rps_mig-NEP230266

 

Looking for a home with the perfect facilities? Get in touch today.

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