An exceptional Grade II listed farmhouse situated in an unrivalled rural setting surrounded by farmland, with a range of outbuildings and two timber-framed barns. All in around 3 acres.
Situated in an exceptional rural setting, with far-reaching views of the countryside, yet only 2 miles south of the A14, Hill Farm House is a substantial family house, likely to date back to the 18th century and built of traditional timber-framed construction, with rendered elevations on a late 18th-Century red-brick plinth. The house has been beautifully extended and restored, incorporating a number of traditional outbuildings by way of a superb vaulted kitchen/breakfast room and overall cleverly balances the original fabric and characteristics of the building with contemporary nuances and a modern open-plan feel.
The house is Grade II listed, due to its architectural relevance and historical importance and extends to just over 5,000 sq ft of versatile living space, arranged over three floors. Comprising reception hall with modern hardwood oak flooring, large fireplace with wood burning stove and wood mantle, rear hallway and cloakroom and staircase to the first floor.
From here and to the south is an attractive, double-aspect study with built-in shelving, open fireplace and access to the side hall. The drawing room is an elegant reception room, enjoying double-aspect with exposed timbers, oak floors and fireplace. The spacious sitting room enjoys a double aspect, with storage cupboard and rear lobby and cloakroom, as well as a dining room with exposed timbers and brickwork, slate flooring and opening to the kitchen/breakfast room.
Enjoying a triple aspect, the kitchen is a stunning modern addition to the building, with access to the fabulous walled courtyard garden. Fitted with stylish high gloss handle-less kitchen units, four-ring induction hob, granite work tops and breakfast bar, space for 3 fridge freezers, 2 double ovens and warming oven with a ceramic tiled floor. A glazed link leads into a 25ft office and gym, both looking into the courtyard.
On the first floor is a superb master suite enjoying a double-aspect with views over the gardens, a walk-through wardrobe and large en suite bathroom with freestanding bath, large walk-in shower and twin wash hand basins. There is a fitted laundry room with useful storage cupboards, a guest bedroom with shower room and a further double bedroom served by the family bathroom, both having wonderful views over the garden. There is a staircase leading up to the second floor, which has been cleverly reconfigured with landing/study area and two double bedrooms, both served by their own shower rooms.
The Granary has been converted to provide a delightful guest annexe, with weather-boarded elevations underneath a clay pan-tiled roof, with triple-aspect, oak floors, freestanding roll-top bath with pedestal wash basin and shower room with handmade timber step-ladder giving access to a further floor, which has not yet been converted, but has planning permission to provide a spacious first-floor sitting room.
The 'north barn' has been partially converted, with workshop and separate yoga studio, which adjoins a large two-bay Cart Lodge and walled yard, as well as a timber-framed barn, with weather-boarded elevations underneath a clay pan-tiled and corrugated tin roof.
The 'south barn' is a beautiful timber-framed barn with weather-boarded elevations underneath a clay pan-tiled roof and offers enormous potential, with its own walled garden with raised beds and further outbuilding and wood store. This barn has the benefit of detailed planning and Listed Building consent, to provide a modern office space, extending to approximately 1,400 sq ft
Gardens and grounds
The property is approached at the end of a no-through lane, accessed through electric five-bar gates onto an extensive gravelled parking area. The gardens surrounding the property are largely formal lawns, with some wonderful feature brick-and-flint walls and a modern red-brick wall protecting a heated swimming pool, as well as a man-made pond with mature trees and hedging, an astro tennis court with path leading to the house and a stunning enclosed Mediterranean-style walled garden, with raised flower beds and some lovely detail surround the house.