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6th June, 2016

Call of the wild: Top 20 nature homes

Call of the wild: Top 20 nature homes

With summer fast approaching, it's time to make the most of the long, warm evenings. For those who are truly wanting to get back to nature and enjoy all that the season offers, we have gathered together 20 of the best wildlife and nature properties from around the world.

1. Bela Bela, South Africa ZAR28,000,000

South Africa has some of the most beautiful landscapes our world has to offer. This incredible lodge is up for sale, offering 10 luxury suites, with breath-taking views over the private reserve. We are picturing warm balmy nights by this campfire, with nothing to break the serenity for miles.

2. White River estate, South AfricaZAR9,500,000

This estate sits nestled amongst the trees, creating a private pocket amongst surrounding forrest. With beautiful views and rights to use the lake just beyond the home, it’s every nature-lover’s dream. To top it all off, the home boasts five bedrooms, a swimming pool, and a modern interior that feels luxurious, while sticking to the roots of South African design.

3. St Francis Bay, South Africa ZAR 6,900,000

If windswept and beachy is your kind of wild, then this Eastern Cape property is the one for you. With a back garden that consists of a hot tub and the Indian Ocean, you can spend your days trying to catch the dolphins and whales that are regularly spotted.

4. La Zagaleta, Spain €4,500,000

If you like the illusion of wilderness and the privacy that comes with it, but still enjoy a little taste of luxury and all the appropriate amenities, then this golf estate offers all of the above, plus more. Beautifully landscaped grounds surrounded by a wealth of greenery create an organised chaos and a balance that suits most.

5. Derbyshire farmhouse £750,000

This reclusive hideaway offers incredible views over the seven acres of private meadow and a cosiness that rivals your grandma’s living room. With a lake, five bedrooms and two whole acres of landscaped gardens, it is the perfect family home.

6. Grantham home £1,350,000

When your back garden looks like something out of Alice and Wonderland, inclusive of water features, overgrown paths and tall spindly trees, you may never want to leave its green depths. That is of course, if the property didn’t host eight bedrooms beautiful wooden interiors, and an Arga that’s warmth was too good to resist.

7. Mougins, France €2,950,000

Surrounded by the Valmasque forest, this estate sits in its own private world, and yet just a stones throw from the city of Cannes. Walk out into the village to view ancient properties and experience the town where Picasso resided for 15 years.

8. Lake District £1,450,000

One of the UK’s most precious national parks is the Lake District; a tourist destination for many, and with good reason. Its mountains and lakes create some of the most picturesque landscapes the world has to offer and living here is a dream for many. This home features an unparalleled view and is a haven for nature lovers.

9. Withypool £800,000

Withypool is one of the first areas to be designated under the dark sky zone. Thus at night, with no artificial light to pollute the sky, the stars come out in all their glory and mean the views stay magical from dawn to dusk, and beyond.

10. Kruger National Park, SA ZAR8,500,000

It doesn’t get more wild then this, where you can literally live amongst a safari. Watch elephants come to drink from the watering hole in a home that backs onto Kruger National Park. The guest house is homely and with a spacious, open interior, yet not even that could draw you away from this view.

11. Church Point, Australia$2,675,000-$2,775,000

“Surrounded by nature’s beauty” this home is set on a hill just over the bay in Church Point, Sydney. Only a short 40 minutes’ drive from the CBD, this home holds an allure of natural Australia, with the added appeal of a nearby urban Sydney.

12. Exmoor, Somerset £800,000

Another beauty in the West Country of England, and what better way to enjoy the greenery of your home than with a generously sized conservatory. With the Bristol Channel only a short drive away, you can truly appreciate nature in all its forms with this Exmoor beauty.

13. Ria Formosa, Portugal €790,000

This home is situated in the heart of one of the 7 wonders of Portugal; the Ria Formosa Lagoon. The national park is a system of barrier islands that link to the sea on the Algarve and creates beautiful views all year round. 300 days of sun a year in Portugal also makes for a clear horizon 80% of the time.

14. Manorbier, Pembrokeshire £850,000

Sometimes in order to truly feel the meaning of the wild, one must draw away from any human interference. This Pembrokeshire home achieves this reclusive dream, and sits in an incredible pocket of quiet, seaside peace.

15. Powys, Wales £595,000

This period beauty is set right in the heart of Brecon Beacon’s National Park in Wales, which is scattered with gentle hills and heritage sites. It is an ideal home for all country enthusiasts, with the parkland giving the illusion of a never-ending garden.

16. Plot of Land in Malelane, SA ZAR690,000

You can’t get much wilder than buying a piece of land in a game estate, right in the heart of Kruger National Park. Made all the more wild after the recent drop of the fence into the park, allowing free flow of wildlife across the land of Malelane. Couple in a neighbouring crocodile lake and you’ve truly got yourself a winner.

17. Grasmere, Ambleside £1,850,000

This home proves it’s possible to have all the benefits of modern luxury while living amongst natural beauty in the Lake District. Shortlisted in the Northern Design Awards, this five bedroom home features great attention to detail in its architecture, with a generous use of glass, maximising the natural light that filters into the property.

18. Orlando, USA $12,500,000

Situated on the highly sought-after Butler Chain Lakes, this Orlando property includes a private boat ramp, a private barn and a mix of flora consisting of blooming azaleas and camellias as well as majestic oak trees.

19. Alicante, Spain, €5,900,000

You can take a stroll through your own natural pine forest in Sierra Frost enjoying the benefits of the fresh air and luscious greenery – you may even spot a few woodland creatures. Located only two minutes away from the beach of Albir – there really is the best of both worlds.

20. Channel Islands, Jersey, £6,450,000

With its own private rural grounds – the wilderness is literally at your doorstep with this property. Located on the Channel Islands, you are able to get sea views of St Aubin’s Bay with 6 bedrooms, a tennis court and the benefits of 2 guest/staff cottages – it truly is an amazing place to live.

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