If you are lucky enough to have a personal supply of fruit on your doorstep then autumn is surely a time of year to savour. It could be that by growing, picking and storing apples you are preserving old varieties that aren’t readily available in the shops. Or maybe it’s the satisfaction of watching trees transform from pretty blossom to ripening fruit before harvesting your own crop – however modest in scale – that appeals.
If you're a vendor with an orchard, make sure your fruit bowl, and possibly the oven, is filled with home-grown goodness during viewings. If you're buying, don't miss the chance to find out exactly what you'll be enjoying this time next year.
With the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness upon us, here are six of the best homes with orchards on the market.
Orchard has a vast selection of old East Anglian apple varieties, plus some greengage, bullace, pear and damson, The Mills, Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden, Essex – Guide price £1,250,000
Garden and kitchen garden with orchard beyond, Oaklands Farmhouse, Broome, Bungay, Suffolk – Guide price £850,000
Commercial-sized orchard with some 300 old English varieties of cider apples, Picketts Farmhouse, Redhill, Surrey – Guide price £1,495,000
Small but productive orchard with an array of fruit trees, The Granary, Fenny Compton, Southam, Warwickshire – Excess of £895,000
Vegetable garden, The Granary, Fenny Compton, Southam, Warwickshire – Excess of £895,000
Orchard is planted with some 100 mainly classic English apple trees, The Wheel House, Branston, Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Guide price £725,000