Ready to play property flirt?
It's big, beautiful and on the market for the first time in a generation but aha my little snoops: can you guess the price of this rather special Somerset property?
Incredibly, the spectacular Hill House Farm, near Wedmore in Somerset, is on the market for the first time in 36 years. The seven bed, six reception room property has Georgian origins, Victorian additions and a host of luxe contemporary features – plus a converted cider barn offering additional accommodation – and sits in more than 20 acres in the glorious Somerset countryside.
Ready for a snoop? Prepare to swoon.
First, take a look at the setting. Those are the beautiful Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Cheddar reservoir you can see. Not half bad, eh?
Ready to go inside? Let’s start in the open plan kitchen, located in the Georgian part of the house. It certainly scores high on the wow factor, with an oil-fired Aga, flagstone floors, granite-topped central island and work surfaces plus electric oven and induction oven hob.
You say conservatory, I say orangery – just add a couple of potted lemon or limes (very handy for your G&T). With tall windows all round overlooking the gardens, and a central roof lantern no wonder it’s so fabulously light and airy. Love the wide oak floorboards with underfloor heating, too.
Next to the kitchen is a reception room which could be a separate dining room or – with that woodburning stove – a cosy snug.
The drawing room with cornicing and elegant shuttered sash windows overlooking more gardens is so large, you almost don’t notice there’s room for a baby grand in the corner.
There are another four reception rooms. This is a house that just keeps on giving!
Fabulous hall – and look at the width of the front door! Shall we go upstairs?
The main bedroom with sash windows and cornicing is almost as elegant as the drawing room below.
There’s an en suite with freestanding claw foot bath. Well, we wouldn’t expect anything less.
You’ll find a couple more bedrooms with another bathroom on the first floor, and up another staircase to reach two more double bedrooms and a bathroom. No chance of running out of space to sleep.
Back downstairs, a stunning glass-lined atrium links the main house to the converted Cider Barn.
The Cider Barn – which has its own separate entrance – has a spacious hall, kitchen, sitting room with doors out onto the garden, galleried landing, separate seating area two double bedrooms and bathroom. Perfect as a holiday let (nice little earner) or for extended family get togethers.
The house has two acres of gardens laid with lawn and well-established herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs.
Breakfast – or sundowner – out on the terrace?
Wine or a barbeque under the pergola?
Anyone for tennis – on your own private court, of course.
This is a carport but the current owners use it to play Somerset skittles and we reckon it’d be a fab place for a party.
Wondering where to keep your horses? There’s room for four plus a tack room right here.
And 18 acres of organic pasture, paddocks and a woodland known as the ‘magic forest’.
Location, location, location
Just outside the village of Weare, near Wedmore (a lovely village with independent shops and three pubs, hic), Cheddar (and its spectacular gorge) and Axbridge (picturesque medieval square, independent shops and one of the smallest cinemas in England). The M5, Bristol (and its airport) are within very easy reach.
Great for walking, riding, cycling in the Mendips, sailing and windsurfing on Cheddar reservoir, and the wonderful wildlife on the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.
You’re well provided schools-wise, with the ‘outstanding’ Weare Academy First School and high performing Kings of Wessex Academy plus a clutch of independent schools like Wells Cathedral School, Sidcot, Millfield, Taunton School, the Bruton schools, All Hallows and Downside.
So, how much would you need to fork out before you can book the removal van?
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