Adventure playgrounds and tree houses: Homes to amuse the kids

The summer holidays are here and parents have been tasked with amusing broods of bored children for what may feel like much more than a summer. OnTheMarket.com looks at five properties to amuse children.

Having a property equipped with a big garden, a tree house, a swimming pool or play area would make it that much easier to entertain the kids before their return to school in September.

Stowting, Ashford, Kent (Guide price of £3,750,000 Strutt & Parker, Canterbury)

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Entertainment area: Outside you will find the swimming pool and adjoining pavilion, equipped with a barbecue and pizza oven

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Adventure playground: Children will love playing on the recently constructed playground and tree house

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Game, set and match: The house also has a floodlit tennis court

This first incredible property is fit for more than just children. Not only does it boast an adventure playground and tree house, the five-bedroom 18th Century converted mill house also features a library, cinema room, wine cellar and outdoor swimming pool complex. Parents can fire up the barbecue or pizza oven in the pavilion, while the kids splash around in the pool or have a knock about on the tennis courts. Mill House won the RIBA National award for the best house in the South East in 2011.

Millwood, Lisvane, Cardiff (£875,000 Kelvin Francis, Cyncoed)

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Degree of privacy: The garden is secluded and surrounded by trees

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Indoor fun: If the weather turns, then there’s a pool table inside

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Summerhouse: 3m x 3m, the summerhouse has power and lighting

Yet another magnificent property, this beautifully presented five-bedroom family home occupies an enviable corner position in the picturesque area of Lisvane. The large secluded garden provides a perfect playground for kids, and even comes equipped with swings and a slide. If the British rain kicks in, however, shelter can be found in the summerhouse, which has power and lighting – a great space for kids and adults alike. School holidays will never be boring again.

Old Orchard Close, Lindfield, West Sussex (Guide price of £585,000 Savills, Haywards Heath)

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Immaculate: The house is very well presented inside and out

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Fit for a princess: This bedroom would be ideal for a little girl

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Private: The lovely garden is surrounded by tall fences for privacy

Newly built in 2012, 2 Old Orchard Close has been designed to a very high specification throughout, with four beautiful bedrooms and located in the sought after village of Lindfield, this property would make a perfect family home. Several very reputable schools are located nearby, so parents can rest easy knowing that once the holidays are over, their children will be in excellent hands.

Scotty Brook Crescent, Glossop (£348,950 Ryder & Dutton, Glossop)

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Well positioned: The property is on the fringe of a recent development

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Kids’ zone: The TV room is the perfect area for kids to hide inside on one of those rainy summer days

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Room with a view: This bedroom has fine views over the garden and hillside beyond

Like the last, property number four is another modern development. Completed in 2011, it offers four good sized bedrooms and a large breakfast and dining room. The playroom, previously a garage, provides a brilliant space for children to occupy themselves in, while the garden has a trampoline and slide and plenty of space for summer activities. A double driveway at the front of the house gives residents plenty of off-road parking.

The Crescent, Barnes, London (£11,000 pcm (£2,538 pw) Winkworth, Barnes)

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Stylish: The kitchen has limestone flooring and fully integrated appliances

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Spacious: The open plan ground floor is a great space for a big family

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Endless fun: The garden not only has a trampoline but also a slide and Wendy house

We’re not sure what more you could want from this last property. This six- bedroom house to rent comes with features for all the family. The newly extended basement is home to a cinema room with a working fireplace and extra double en-suite bedroom. Designed for ultimate comfort in all seasons, the house has both under-floor heating and air-conditioning throughout. Outside, in the sunny south-facing garden, you will find the sunken trampoline, Wendy house and climbing frame – a veritable haven for kids. For the grown-ups, the patio is ideal for al-fresco dining (or keeping an eye on the children). Barnes Green, where the house is located, is one of the area’s prime locations and will give residents the air of living in the countryside, despite being just 30 minutes away from London’s city centre. The village even has a duck pond, which will be very popular with children.

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