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Perfectly picturesque

Built on Cornish heritage, and dating back as far as the 1680s, Lime Tree House is brimming with an enchanting history that has been impeccably preserved and restored.

We’re all in search of our forever home, a place to hang our hat and leave our stamp, and the new owners of Lime Tree House have undoubtedly found exactly that. Set within private gardens on the very edge of Penryn, this lovingly restored Grade II listed former vicarage provides a space that is both stunningly grand and charmingly quaint, luxuriously lavish and beautifully cosy.

Located on the eastern edge of Penryn, just behind the 12th century church of St Gluvias, Lime Tree House is one of the area’s finest period properties. Shrouded in a rich Cornish heritage, the parish of St Gluvias pre-dates Penryn, founded as early as 1216 by the Bishop of Exeter, with the enchantingly historic Church we see today having been restored in 1883.

Originally a 1680s cottage, the Georgian vicarage that Lime Tree House became dates back to the 1840s, with further extensions added in the 1950s and finally a thorough restoration completed this year which has served to celebrate the original Georgian detailing whilst blending perfectly with a fresh, contemporary style. Reflected throughout the property is a determined focus and painstaking attention to detail left behind by the previous owners in a careful re-imagining of their period home.

Stunning sash windows framed by beautiful wooden shutters surround the house, lighting up the elegant sitting room and its original Adam fireplace with gorgeous garden views, and illuminating the strikingly sociable setting of the double aspect kitchen and dining room. An atmosphere of leisured luxury filters through the three reception rooms on the ground floor, and drifts up the elegant original staircase to a galleried landing with ornate rose cornicing into four lavishly spacious bedrooms, two of which boast double aspect views with the added indulgence of an original fireplace. A boutique-style family bathroom with a roll-top bath and garden views completes the second floor of the property, which reaches up into two attic bedrooms, the vaulted ceilings and exposed beams of which offer a little magic of their own.

The former coach house which accompanies Lime Tree House is already primed with planning consent for a potential three-bedroom detached dwelling, and the walled kitchen garden evokes a quiet country charm. The lawned garden is ready to welcome new visitors to stroll beneath the beach trees and wander among the rhododendrons as Lime Tree House enters a new era.


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