In the market for a large, oddly shaped, and difficult-to-tend garden?
Well, today’s your lucky day as The Gables at Alnes, a property outside of York, U.K., that boasts what the Daily Mail
describes as possibly Britain’s “weirdest” garden has been officially listed for sale at £340,000 ($570,000). With a pond, patio and barbecue area, rose garden, paddocks, pergola, veggie-filled greenhouse, tranquil “wildlife area,” and, of course, a charming 2-bedroom home, the Gables at Alnes doesn’t sound all that odd. That is, until you read the measurements ...
The garden itself is only 30 feet across but stretches for three quarters of a mile — or about 1,320 feet — and takes about 30 minutes to traverse. That’s one loooong and skinny garden.
Turns out, the plot was created around a decommissioned-in-the-1950s private railway line, explaining the garden’s curious, elongated shape. I suppose you could just think of it as being like Manhattan’s High Line
but in the British countryside and minus the pushy crowds and the Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed roller rink
. The house itself is a former railway worker’s cottage. Cute.
The property’s current owner, Ian Topham, explains the garden’s curious backstory to the Daily Mail
The track ran from nearby Easingwold, went through Alne and joined the main London-to-Edinburgh East Coast line a few miles away. But the tracks were taken up after the Second World War and soil was put down.
Topham is, understandably but reluctantly, selling the difficult-to-maintain Gables at Alnes after suffering a stroke. He tells the Daily Mail that mowing the plot is “like painting the Forth Bridge
– once you’ve finished, you need to start again.”
View plenty more photos of The Gables at Alnes here.
Do you have a garden with a shape that might be considered odd?
Video screenshot: The Daily Mail