The Benches is a very unique property that blends Arts & Crafts style with modern convenience; the villa was designed by the aunt of the poet W.H. Auden, who wrote…’My first image of Italy is associated with an aunt whose devotion to the country led her into building her dream Italian house at The Benches in Monmouth….I thought it beautiful'.
And it is, it’s exquisite, and it’s also well equipped, with everything you need for any large group stay. Go through the porch into the hallway, with original oak Parquet floor and a pool table; straight ahead is the sitting room, to the right the stylish and spacious kitchen and dining room. This is a wonderful, sociable space, absolutely perfect if you’re celebrating a big birthday or something. Off the kitchen is Bedroom 5, with an en suite shower room.
From the hall, stairs take you to the first floor where you’ll find Bedrooms 1 to 4. Bedroom 1 has a bath, so you can lie back and enjoy the far reaching views over the river; Bedroom 2 has a raised en suite area with a big free standing bath tub, and Bedrooms 3 and 4 have shower rooms. Bedroom 4 has doors onto the balcony where steps lead down to the terrace and the pool – great for a late night dip! Bedrooms 2 and 5 both have zip and link beds that can be arranged as twins or superkings
Back downstairs, doors open from the kitchen onto the veranda, perfectly Italianette and a lovely place to sit if the sunshine is too much. On the terrace is the heated pool, for use from Easter to October half term, and the hot tub, which can be used year round. This really is an amazing place to sit out and have a barbecue or to chatter into the evening – the views stretch over the river to the viaduct and countryside beyond and it really is incredible.
Beneath the terrace is the self-contained River View Annex with a double bed, en suite shower room and a small kitchen area. Sit and read, gaze over the river; beautiful. To the side of the house is the summer house where there’s table football, the laundry facilities, and an infrared Scandinavian style sauna for 4. The gardens slope down to the river (hedged) and are gorgeous, in fact, it’s all gorgeous so check availability and book today!
AT A GLANCE: 6 en suite bedrooms (one in the self-contained Riverview annex) – large kitchen/diner – games room – living room – outdoor heated swimming pool (Easter to Oct) – hot tub – summerhouse with infrared sauna – 1 acre of grounds – large patio with BBQ (Easter-Oct, charcoal not provided) and outdoor seating – secure parking for 6 vehicles – 4 oven electric Aga - 1 built-in electric oven - gas hob - 1 microwave - 1 dishwasher - drinks fridge, fridge-freezer – extra fridge – washing machine - tumble dryer - Sonos music system – WiFi - 1 TV and DVD player - pool table and table football – duvets/linen/towels provided – 2 cots and highchairs – toddler bed - stairgates – children’s play area – pubs under 1 mile - local shop 0.25 miles - main shops 0.5 miles - pets by prior arrangement (charged extra) - non-smokers only - Friday-Friday bookings - short breaks available year round - online grocery shopping available for delivery or collection from Waitrose, M&S, Tesco and Able & Cole - consideration required for neighbouring property - strictly no fireworks or sky lanterns.