If you’re looking for somewhere special for a holiday or celebration weekend this impressive Georgian family house, surrounded by gardens with a wonderful indoor/outdoor design, is sure to fit the bill. Renovated in 2021 to an incredibly high standard you’ll find the perfect blend of period features combined with an exquisite kitchen/living/dining extension. Designed to create a space where you’ll love to cater at home, enjoy leisurely meals, and relax together at any time of the year; enjoying the floating wood burner in the winter and wall of sliding doors throughout the summer.
There’s plenty of room for all ten guests to socialise with a split-level drawing room/bar opening into the garden, and a TV room with massive corner sofa and large screen TV, in addition to a boot room/study and utility room. A ratio of four bath/shower rooms to six bedrooms allows all guests a good degree of privacy. The ground floor bedroom with double bed has a chic en-suite shower room and doors opening into the walled garden. A spiral staircase rises to the unique beamed bedroom with low ceilings and a double Futon bed, making this more suited to children.
Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, all beautifully decorated in calming colours. The main bedroom with en-suite shower room has a super king size bed; the other two have king size beds and are near the luxurious family bathroom, where light spills in through the sash window. Finally, the sixth bedroom is a fun filled room for children with bunk beds, books, toys and games, plus a colourful en-suite where they can wallow in the bath.
The Limes sits back from the road behind a high hedge with plenty of room on the gravel drive for six cars and a massive garden stretching behind the house with a wildflower meadow, a beautiful walled garden with raised beds supplying you with fresh herbs, and grassed area with a sunken trampoline to keep the little guests happy, (weather permitting!). Perhaps the best feature is the fantastic outside kitchen, equipped with a brick BBQ, pizza oven and even a sink, well positioned near the refectory style table and benches sitting under a pergola - idyllic for lazy lunches and evenings under the stars.
Benhall’s less than 15 minutes’ drive from both the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh with its colourful houses and interesting shops; and the magical holiday village of Thorpeness with the boating pond and popular Inn . There’s so much to explore in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with walks, cycle routes and golf courses, as well as many traditional country pubs where you can enjoy excellent Suffolk produce
SUMMARY OF BEDS
Ground floor: King with en suite and galleried king above
First floor: Super king with ensuite shower room, 2 additional kings, 1 family bathroom, 1 bunk beds with en suite bathroom. Effectively beds sleep 12 guests but the galleried room isn't ideal for adults so we market the property as sleeping 10.
You know you're going to have a wonderful stay as soon as you step into the entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor landing, the drawing room to your right, family room to your left with double suite and galleried bedroom beyond, and the sociable open plan kitchen ahead of you.
KITCHEN/DINING LIVING SPACE
Light floods into this stunning room, cleverly designed for socialising with friends and family with a dream kitchen, living area with expanse of sofas along one wall; bar seating; and the handsome dining table for long leisurely lunches. A wall of sliding doors open to the garden for easy indoor/outdoor living and the underfloor heating and floating wood burner make this a cosy place in cooler months too.
The kitchen has a Mercury cooker with two ovens and a warming drawer plus five ring induction hob and extractor above. There’s a massive Fisher and Paykel double fridge with ice dispenser and deep drawer freezer, Panasonic Inverter microwave hidden in the larder cupboard, a Creatista and a Nespresso Creatista Plus coffee machine with milk frother (please bring your own pods).
One side of the room is simply for relaxing in with bench seating stretching along the wall with a window seat and corner TV, as well as three basket bar stools to perch on beside the kitchen worktop whist sipping a G&T, or space for the kids to be creative using the bar counter as a worktop.
Stretching in the sunshine by the windows is the bespoke ash farmhouse style dining table with four benches giving seating for all ten guests.
Perfect for chilling on the generous corner sofa with a movie on the large screen TV with Sonos sound and a fire in the wood burner.
To the right of the front door, this elegant room is divided into two with an ornamental central fireplace and steps down either side to the lower bar area with drinks cabinet (bring your own booze!), iconic juke box (sorry, now retired and not operational) and French doors to the garden. The upper area is casually furnished with footstools and chairs.
Off the kitchen with WC and wash basin.
For those needing to do a spot of work there’s a long bench giving plenty of space to spread out. There’s also bags of storage here for push chairs, dog beds etc and an additional small fridge and a door to the walled garden with herb beds.
Ultimate in convenience with a washing machine, dryer and butlers sink.
GROUND FLOOR SUITE (Bedroom five)
Step down from the family room into this unique bedroom with brick floor, pebble dash walls, double doors opening to the walled garden and a spiral staircase. There’s a Welsh dresser and corner cupboard for storage and the double futon bed, positioned so you can wake to the sunrise.
Before you get to the sliding bedroom door, this chic wet room has a rain shower, WC, wash basin and towel rail (towels are provided).
GALLERIED DOUBLE BEDROOM (Bedroom six)
An exceptional room up the spiral stairs with upright beams, a low ceiling (making it more suited to children than adults, although be mindful of the spiral staircase) and views of the garden. Simply furnished with a double futon bed.
Wooden stairs rise to the first floor where the main bedroom sits to the right with bedrooms two and three at the back. Three stairs take you down to the luxurious family bathroom and the kids bedroom with fun en-suite shower room.
The super king size bed takes pride of place in this majestic room with sash window overlooking the garden. Built in wardrobes give ample storage with hanging space, shelves and drawers; as well as a chest of drawers, and there’s a bench and poser tables with pendant lights positioned on either side.
A loo with a view over the sedum roof garden! The large shower cubicle has both fixed and handheld showers and there’s a wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Decorated in restful sage green tones, this big bedroom with its original ornate fireplace overlooks the drive at the front and the garden to the side. Furnished with king size bed with wicker headboard, bedside tables and a retro chest of drawers.
Also at the front of the house with an attractive fireplace, this is another generous bedroom with a king size futon bed, bedside tables and a massive chest of drawers.
Soak in the luxurious bath with copper taps or under the rain shower with natural light from above in the designer shower cubicle. To complete the exquisite features there’s an La Chapelle wash basin WC, and heated towel rail.
CHILDREN’S SUITE (Bedroom four)
A real treat for little guests with their own en suite, sturdy bunk beds, and plenty of books, toys and games to keep them occupied.
EN SUITE BATHROOM
Colourful and fun with a rain shower over the bath, a handheld wand (ideal for hair washing), wide basin under the skylight, WC and heated towel rail (all towels provided).
The Limes is in an idyllic spot surrounded by private land with a gravel drive sweeping up to the front door and ample parking. The garden wraps around the house with a large patio outside the glazed kitchen doors and a path leading to the seating area with the long table flanked by benches, shaded by a pergola, so you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and bird songs. The sunken trampoline and swing will provide hours of fun.
An amazing walled garden with raised beds, filled with herbs which you’re welcome to enjoy, sits at the side of the kitchen accessed from the study/boot room and the ground floor double room.
Other Things to Note:
Children must be supervised in the grounds and use of the trampoline and swing are at your own risk.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY HOUSE IS IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA SUITED FOR EXTENDED FAMILY HOLIDAYS OR QUIET CELEBRATION WEEKENDS WITH FRIENDS. PARTIES ARE NOT PERMITTED.
The house is alarmed and you will receive details on how to turn this off a week before your arrival. For insurance purposes please be sure to turn the alarm back on when you go out. You can also turn the alarm to cover the ground floor at night if you would feel more comfortable, please ask us for the instructions. There are also motion detectors in the house which are controlled by the alarm so they will not be operational unless you go out and turn the alarm on. If you feel more comfortable there are bags next to them which you can cover them with, please do not fiddle with them or switch them off.