Safe as houses! Luxury home with bunker and ‘secret’ room up for sale for £1 million
A luxury home complete with its own BUNKER and ‘secret’ room is on the market for £1m.
Located in the attractive Thames-side village of Benson, South Oxfordshire, ‘The Limes’ boasts six double bedrooms, substantial living space and half an acre of grounds.
History buffs have the chance to snap up the Georgian property and investigate the sealed-up school room under the ground floor and explore the WW2 concrete air raid shelter concealed under a rockery in the grounds.
The property retains a wealth of period features typical of the era including generously sized rooms, servants’ quarters and a cellar.
The bedrooms are all doubles, and those looking to enjoy a taste of The Good Life can enjoy the fruits, and veg, of their labour from several fruit trees and vegetable patch in the almost half acre grounds.
The large sitting and drawing rooms on the ground floor offer impressive living space, each enjoying a bay window and French windows overlooking the garden, allowing in plenty of light and direct access to the lawn.
The drawing room has a restored open fireplace while the sitting room has a log burning stove. The kitchen features an Aga range in addition to an electric oven and gas hob, with a separate pantry and boot room.
Tucked away is an office overlooking the garden and just off the kitchen is a good size dining room linking the kitchen with the hallway.
Eagle-eyed guests will spot the angled skirting board and feel the floor is ‘bouncy’ in one part of the hallway suggesting this is the now concealed entrance to what was a school room.
The first floor leads to four of the six double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom, and the additional two bedrooms can be found on the top floor.
While the original house is listed, the extension housing the kitchen, laundry room and study is unlisted, offering potential to convert this area of the house into a significant kitchen, dining and garden room subject to planning permission.
Foodies can enjoy produce from several fruit trees bearing mulberries, apples and pears while the vegetable garden offers a good selection of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
And it’s in the grounds, hidden under a rockery, that the nine-foot high bunker can be found. Accessed via stone steps, the shelter is tanked and has potential as an additional store or den.
At the bottom of the garden there are three sheds and a gate leading into the church grounds, and one down to the river Thames.
Associate at Fine & Country Oxford, Natalie Carter, said: “The Limes is a wonderful example of how history makes its mark on houses through the generations.
“The servants’ quarters are typical of Georgian houses, while the bunker is a rare existing example of a concrete air raid shelter.
“And now, having studied the history and walked the house, it appears there’s a former school room under the house that’s been sealed up.
“It’s so exciting representing a house like this, I can’t wait to see who moves in and what they’ll make of the rich history the house has to offer.”