Guide price £1,250,000
An utterly captivating and distinctive 5 bedroom house set in glorious private gardens in the heart of this popular Somerset town. As its name suggests, Hill House is set in an elevated, yet secluded position and provides immaculate and impressive, light filled accommodation set over three floors. Justifiably Listed Grade II of historical and architectural interest, this former Merchant's house was built with grandeur in mind with its stunning cantilevered staircase and impressive entrance hallway crowned with a splendid glass domed cupola. Typical of a house of this calibre, the ceiling heights are excellent, and the majority of the original architectural embellishments remain including shuttered windows, cornicing, fine fireplace surrounds, window seats and quality joinery. These all combine to create main rooms of excellent proportions and natural light. In addition to these intrinsic features, the present owners have carried out a programme of improvement and enhancement, further restoring this important house to its former glory. Of particular note is the most impressive wide, entrance hallway with French limestone floor which leads to the good-sized dining room with intricately carved timber fireplace surround, original sash windows with shutters and window seats. The real surprise however is the magnificent sitting room with solid oak floorboards, open fireplace with carved surround and south facing curved elevation with floor to ceiling windows allowing the light to flood in and the views of the garden to be enjoyed. This room is made for entertaining with its concealed illuminated drinks bar, yet light the fire and close the original shutters and it becomes a wonderful private retreat. Off the hall is the study/snug with French doors to the garden, a haven in which to read the newspaper in peace. Beyond is the well-appointed and stylish kitchen/breakfast room which has retained its character with an exposed stone wall, slate floor tiles and slate fireplace surround housing a blue two oven gas Aga, Either side are useful alcoves, with concealed lighting and slate shelving. There is a good range of painted timber base units with inset sink under the window, and a gas hob. A tall cupboard unit houses the double oven. Above the worktop is a double shelf with task lighting beneath, which artfully displays the china and glassware. A roof light allows extra light to flood in. Beyond, is the utility room with base units and wooden worktops with inset sink and space and connection for washing machine and tumble dryer. Also on this floor is the cloakroom, plus a very useful boot room with door to garden. A further door gives access to a very good sized cellar with separate wine cellar. From the reception hall, wide stairs gracefully rise to the first floor. The luxury of space is very much evident here and as on the ground floor, period features abound. The principal bedroom suite privately located from a half landing is a real haven. The floor to ceiling windows, the sheer space it affords, this together with the en-suite bath/shower room with its stained-glass window is indeed pure luxury, the ideal place to really relax. Two bedrooms together with a newly installed shower room complete the first floor. On the second floor are two further bedrooms and bathroom. Approached from the lane through double timber gates to the drive, which leads to an area of parking in front of the detached double garage. A side wrought iron gate gives access to the private gardens, which are an absolute delight and have obviously been well nurtured over the years. Paved pathways meander around an immaculate and extensive central area of lawn. This beautiful and richly planted garden is a real oasis of peace and calm and is completely enclosed and private, being safe for both children and pets. There are many areas in which to escape, including a raised vegetable garden accessed via stone steps and a beautiful timber arbour richly draped with a mature rose. Abutting the rear of the house is a generous paved area under a productive vine covered pergola providing the perfect space for entertaining outside. Along the west side of the garden are richly planted beds, shrubs and trees providing year-round colour and interest. An established Yew arch leads to a further path with a lilac Wisteria covered stone wall and an old pigsty, now used to store logs. To the east side are mature Holm Oaks, mature Fig, Pear trees and further diversely planted raised beds, and walkways. The working part of the garden is subtly hidden behind a stone wall. At the far end of the garden is an attractive old brick smoking pavilion, (folly), which has been re-roofed and re-wired and now serves as a rather smart garden ''shed/store,' but could be put to a number of potential uses. The double garage carefully built from period bricks, beams, roofing and Gothic style timber door, all sourced from an old disassembled village hall, is currently used as a home office with eves storage and parking. This period building, whilst being functional, complements the magical feel of this lovely garden. A more delightful and peaceful spot would be hard to find.
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