Enchanting Georgian home.
Situated in a conservation area, Lime Tree House is a detached property constructed of Cotswold stone beneath a mainly Stonesfield slate roof. Its early/mid-18th century façade is of classic Georgian architecture with symmetrical sash windows and a central door with semi-circular stone step and a handsome shell hood over the entrance carved with bunches of grapes and flowers (Pevsner). Grade II Listed, it retains many period features including a beautiful 19th century staircase with tall sash window. The property has evolved over the years, with origins thought to date to the mid-17th century, spanning the years with the current drawing room/main bedroom understood to have been added in the 1950s and the conservatory which was added in the 1990s. Accommodation, over four floors, effortlessly balances the formal elegance of its past with welcoming modern home comforts.
The reception hall opens to a study/sitting room with wood burner and to the internal hallway with natural light from the large stair window. The formal drawing room with open fire place has French doors to the conservatory. The TV room, accessed from both the hall and kitchen, can alternatively be used as a dining room. The kitchen, with breakfast/dining area, is open plan to the conservatory which itself opens to the garden. Appliances include gas Aga, integrated induction hob, steam oven/microwave, fridge and dishwasher. In what is thought to be the oldest part of the house is a barrelled ceiling cellar and utility room with huge flagstones.
On the first floor the principal bedroom has en suite bathroom and there are three additional bedrooms with pretty sash windows and shutters. One of the bedrooms has fitted shelving and desk.
There is also a family bathroom. On the second floor are two attic bedrooms and another bathroom, ideal for guests or live in staff.
A detached annexe building at the end of the garden is currently used as home office and separate artist's studio. With its own boiler and shower room it could also lend itself to ancillary accommodation for live in staff. A separate outbuilding is used as a home gym and store room. There are two Alitex green houses and a timber garden shed.
Extending to just under an acre, an impressive size for a village house, the gardens and grounds at Lime Tree House are a testament to the current owners who conceived and nurtured them for more than 25 years. Intended to be as natural as possible, the design forms different areas divided by paths, walls and pleached lime.
A walled area within the garden provides privacy to the 15m swimming pool which, with black tiles and solar slat cover, requires minimum heating. A separate gas boiler heats the pool as needed. There is a pool house and separate shower and WC.
A short distance from the conservatory is a circular terrace area. There is a walled fruit and vegetable garden with raised beds, espalier apples and pears and a chicken run. Grass is left long to attract insects and the wild garden has a lily pond complete with frogs.
Services: Mains water, gas, electricity and drainage are connected.
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Situated in the heart of fictional Downton', this elegant property is so welcoming - perfect for families and entertaining. The wild gardens, with secret walled pool, are a testament to the current owners.Nicky Quentel