IF YOU’RE looking for a home that has both style and substance, a rural outlook yet is not even vaguely remote and embraces country elegance and contemporary chic at the same time – you want to have your cake and eat it, in other words – The Limes may tick all your boxes.

The property – a handsome brick-built home that is as good-looking outside as in – is located on a large plot in the hamlet of Summerhouse, with a beautiful outlook to the rear over the adjoining countryside, yet is close enough to Darlington to make the journey in anything other than the recent extreme weather a pleasant trip.

The Lime’s spacious accommodation briefly comprises an entrance hall, family room, cloakroom, living room with double doors leading into an open-plan kitchen/dining room that runs the full width of the house, and an inner hall with an understairs storage cupboard.

There is also an integral door leading into the double garage, where there is a large amount of additional storage space in the rafters.

Upstairs, off the large landing area with walk-in storage cupboard, are the family bathroom and four double bedrooms, three of which have built-in wardrobes. The master bedroom also benefits from an en-suite shower room.

Outside the property has space to park two vehicles on its driveway, adjacent to the double garage, with a right of access over land owned by the Raby Estates to the front.

To the rear is a large west-facing garden with stunning views over the adjoining countryside.

In the garden, the owners have built kennels and a beautiful summer-house which takes full advantage of the rural views to the west.

For those who enjoy fine dining and extraordinary food, just a stone’s throw away in Summerhouse is the renowned two Michelin star Raby Hunt Inn & Restaurant – could you ask for a better ‘local’ than that?

The Limes is on the market at £450,000.