An exceptional Grade II* listed timber-framed Tudor farmhouse, located in a wonderful rural setting with heated swimming pool and large barn complex with games room and office.
Hill Farm House is an impressive former farmhouse dating back to circa 1530, idyllically located close to Bury St Edmunds in a quiet countryside setting. This remarkable home presents an early 16th-century cross-wing with mid-16th- century hall range that is timber-framed, with exposed timbered and plastered elevations with traces of simple pargetting under plain tiled roofs. Both early ranges are jettied and there is a 'modern' extension to the side. The property has been sympathetically improved by the recent owners whilst retaining much of the wonderful original character, such as the exposed internal carved and moulded beams, timber mullioned windows and bressummer-beamed fireplaces. It also benefits from well-proportioned rooms with higher-than-usual ceilings and a luxurious and stylish finish throughout the house.
A solid oak front door leads into the dining hall, which features a carved oak staircase to the first floor, feature fireplace with stone surround, timber mullioned window to the front and French doors to the rear and leads through to the other reception rooms and the stunning AGA kitchen/breakfast room. The drawing room is triple-aspect, with French doors to the side and a bressummer-beamed fireplace with log-burning stove and spark guard. A shelved passage with exposed brick floor leads to the snug/study to the rear, which affords double-aspect timber mullioned windows to the garden and another bressummer-beamed fireplace with log-burning stove. The exceptional kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a comprehensive range of bespoke units that incorporate a pantry cupboard, integrated Miele dishwasher, built-in American-style fridge, light granite work surfaces with inset chopping block and underset butler sink and separate rinsing sink.
The bressummer-beamed former fireplace recess houses an oil-fired Aga range cooker with electric hob and oven 'Aga Mate'. There is seating at the breakfast bar and space for a table and chairs, with windows to the front and rear elevations, French doors to the terrace, stairs up to the snug/study and door to the side hall, cloakroom and utility room.
On the first floor, a landing leads to three superb double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a dressing room, well fitted with cupboards and dressing table, that could revert to provide a fifth bedroom. Two of the three bedrooms also benefit from en suite bathrooms and there are stairs to the fourth bedroom on the second floor and a large attic store room.
This large and spacious converted barn adds significant versatility to the property, allowing owners the options afforded by this additional accommodation. Currently the space, which benefits from separate oil-fired central heating, is utilised as a large games/music room with a kitchenette and cloakroom, a gym and a studio/office room. Separated to the end, with personal door to the side and double doors to the front, is a large double garage opening onto the drive.
The grounds and setting are a particular feature of this beautiful home. The grounds extend to 0.97-acre (sts) in all and benefit from an enclosed air source heat pump-warmed swimming pool adjacent to the converted barn and separate workshop/machinery store outbuilding which also houses the pool plant. The glorious gardens are predominantly laid to lawn with herringbone brick pathways, lawns, shrub and flower beds and borders with a pond, thought to have been created when the house was first built and a bore hole pump house.