When we first came across The Limes we found a house that had not been touched for nearly 50 years. It has a long history, some parts go back to the Elizabethan era with half timbered walls. The main house is early Georgian with a late 18th Century Regency makeover on the facade, plus it had an unattractive 1960’s lump on the rear; and yes, it is Grade II listed.
The internal layout was at odds with contemporary living, with a corridor running through the middle of the house dividing it in-two. Working closely with the Conservation Officer a scheme was developed which opened up the ground floor into a light and airy living space. The kitchen was re-modeled gaining an innovative half-in-half-out pantry and veranda.
The old beam which in the past would have been part of a cooking range was lifted so an AGA could be installed beneath.
Sadly, over the years much of the historic features had been removed or replaced with inappropriate items; the fire places for instance where late Victorian which were at odds with the Georgian rooms in which the sat.
So we undertook a full renovation including traditionally made plaster covings, wooden floors, white marble and cast iron Georgian fireplaces throughout.
The house was extended to the rear with the addition of a large garden room in traditional style, designed to enhance the cascading roof lines to the rear and bring them to a visually satisfying full stop.
The flat roofed 1960’s extension to the rear was enveloped in new gables and visually integrated back into the main form of the building.
The 3.5 acre garden has also undergone an extensive makeover with a new pond and swimming pool.