Guide price £2,650,000
Hill Crest enjoys an enviable position lying on the edge of Little Brington and close to the Althorp Estate with stunning southerly views across its own tiered lawns, grass fields and out across a wide valley. Approached over a tree lined drive this handsome house dates back to 1908 and was commissioned by Mr James Lewis, part of the Lewis boot and shoe family from Northampton. Modelled on the arts and crafts style, the property has undergone a full restoration and sympathetic modernisation under the guidance of the current owners. Whilst still retaining a timeless charm with many period features, the well proportioned and decorated accommodation lying over three floors is ideally suited to modern family living and entertaining. Complementing the main house is a separate two bedroomed Cottage, along with a one bedroomed converted Coach House, both offering excellent facilities for dependant relatives or guests but equally having the ability to generate rental income if required. The mature manicured grounds are a pure delight and the amenity land that runs with the property lends itself for equine use or indeed the grazing of livestock. Within the grounds to the house is an open fronted stable yard with separate single stable and adjoining is a barn which doubles up as a hay barn and covered storage for a horse box. The former site of the two grass tennis courts being the previous home to Brington Tennis Club are currently used as a horse exercise and training area. Lying within the first grass field is a former open fronted cattle yard offering potential for restoration or possible conversion Words or pictures can not do full justice and a viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the attributes and setting of this idyllic country property in a rural but highly accessible location. THE HOUSE The panelled front door accessed from the stone porch, opens into the part oak panelled reception hall with impressive oak fireplace. The two principal reception rooms lie to the rear of the house, both enjoying a double aspect with period fireplaces and rolling views across the valley. The cosy morning room and kitchen/breakfast room overlook the drive with cloakroom lying in between. The bespoke shaker kitchen is in cream with black granite work surfaces with cooking facilities provided by the graphite grey Aga with electric companion. Integral appliances include a pair of full height Hotpoint fridges and Blomberg dishwasher. A door reveals the shelved pantry and a butler's pantry links the kitchen to the dining room. At the far end of the kitchen is a seating area with recessed wood burner. The utility room lies to the side of the rear door and doubles up as a boot and tack room along with housing the Worcester oil fired boiler. Accessed externally is a gardeners wc. FIRST FLOOR The main oak staircase gently rises to the first floor landing which runs through the heart of the house with four double bedrooms leading off. The two principal bedrooms lie to the rear with far reaching views and share a well-equipped bathroom with freestanding roll top bath and seperate glazed corner shower with rain head. Off the landing is the family bathroom, a separate cloakroom and full height airing cupboard. SECOND FLOOR Ideally suited for children or a guest suite with two double bedrooms served by a shower room with study/seating area and access to store room / loft which houses pressurised hot water cylinder and could be converted to provide more accommodation if required. GARDEN AND GROUNDS The property is approached over a horseshoe drive with mature grounds surrounding the house on all sides. Lying to the front is a lawn that gently rises away from the property partly edged by clipped hedging and interspersed with fruit trees. At the top and enclosed by post and rail fencing is the site of two former grass tennis courts which is currently used as an exercise area for horses but could easily be reinstated as a tennis court. Two formal south facing tiered lawns lie to the rear with the lower one ideally suited as a croquet lawn. A gravel path edged with herbaceous borders meanders through the formal grounds with seating area running along the top of the ha-ha.
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