8 bedrooms - 2 dressing rooms - 10 bathrooms - spacious hall – light and airy conservatory – huge kitchen/living space –second kitchen/living space – private heated pool (Apr - end Sept) – games room with table tennis, pool table and table football - parking for several vehicles – far reaching views – consideration for neighbouring properties – no outside noise after 11pm – grocery deliveries from Waitrose, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda.
Push open the big old front door and walk into a big lobby with seating to both sides; leave your boots and coats here and go on through to the commodious and welcoming hall; parquet flooring, antique rugs, gorgeous cerise pink bookcases, and some serious art on the walls. Above your head a huge chandelier glistens; what an entrance. Off to the right is the most opulent loo, the perfect powder room with swanky wallpaper adorned with richly plumed birds; note the quirky circular window set off with the deep burgundy paintwork; it’s divine.
Straight ahead of you is the most stunning conservatory; light pours in through the windows, the way the sunlight tumbles in is breathtaking, the view over the pond to the valley inspiring. French doors to both sides take you out to the patio; have morning coffee, lunch or a sophisticated afternoon tea around the hand-crafted table; you’ll be so relaxed you’ll want to linger and chat.
Off to the right of the hall is the kitchen, and just wait till you see it. It’s more than a kitchen, with inviting sofas to one end, and a quirky rustic dining table, thick and sturdy, perfect to pile with food and wine and gather round for a lavish feast. What you’ll really notice is the sheer size of this room; it’s a massive entertaining space, flooded with light from the windows along one side and in the roof, soaring oak timbers. Create all manner of culinary delights on the 4 oven Aga or the double electric oven, plus there’s a two ring in-built induction hob and two more slender, portable ones.
Go right from the hall to a book lined corridor; right down the end is a dream of a drawing room; plenty of big fat sofas to settle into and a humongous picture window with views that stretch far across the hills. Just imagine gathering for drinks and canapes here, sunlight seeping in on a fine day; pull back the folding doors and spill out onto the patio for fresh air and the constant twittering of birds. Sounds perfect? Well, it is.
Further up the corridor is a cosy sitting room; choose a book from the shelves, find a spot to curl up and now and then pause to take in those incredible views. In the winter sit by the open fire with a hot toddy and put the world to rights.
An impressive green oak staircase leads upstairs to a quiet spot in the minstrel’s gallery where you can have a quiet talk, get your head in a good book (plenty more to choose from up here) or sit there wool gathering. The landing leads to a corridor with Bedroom 1 straight ahead; stunning views and an outlook over the garden, a magnificent vaulted ceiling and a super king bed. The en suite exudes wow factor, with a big walk in corner shower and a fabulous free standing bath in front of the curved window.
The dressing room for Bedroom 1 has a small double bed (charged extra), so these two rooms can be used together as the perfect snooze space for a family. It’s also got its own ensuite bathroom, with a roomy shower.
Bedroom 2 overlooks the garden and has a big brass super king bed that you just can’t wait to jump into; the ensuite has a bath and a shower and the most exquisite wallpaper with palm trees all over it – fabulous!
Bedroom 3 is at the top of the stairs and has a superking bed and an ample en suite shower room.
Back downstairs, if you continue through the kitchen you’ll find a utility room off to the left where there’s a washing machine and a tumble dryer. Ahead of you is a big boot room, with direct access from outside, so it’s perfect for kicking off those muddy boots and drying wet dogs, but there’s still room for a game of table football.
Continue through to the rear hall where there’s a loo off to the right, and then go through to the TV room, with original framed film posters on the walls. Swish modern glass doors open to the garden, there’s a huge screen and sofas await you; grab some popcorn and snuggle together for a fast-paced action movie or a romantic weepy – whatever your choice.
From the TV Room go up another staircase to a landing with a minstrel’s gallery and to the left, Bedroom 4, with the biggest sleigh bed you’ve ever seen and triple aspect windows; the dressing room has 2 single beds and there’s a good sized en suite with a bath and shower.
To the right of the landing is Bedroom 5, with a super king bed and the choice of two singles at an extra charge, so it can be a great family room. It has an en suite with a bath and a shower, and a delightful outlook of the ornamental pond (NB: toddlers and younger children must be supervised) and the hills beyond.
Downstairs again, carry on through the TV Room to yet another hall with a WC, and through to a second kitchen/open plan living space, with lush sofas, a user friendly wood-burning stove, and doors to the garden. This kitchen has a humongous American style fridge, a double gas oven with a 7 burner hob, a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Formerly a milking shed, this part of the property offers almost separate accommodation for a young family or for grandparents.
Stairs rise in the middle of this living space to a spacious galleried landing with a sofa bed to sleep 2 (at an extra charge), and to Bedroom 6, with a king size bed, views of the sloping field, and an en suite bathroom with a free standing bath.
Bedroom 7 has a bathroom, and two gorgeous painted antique French beds. Just outside of the window the whispering of the trees lulls you to sleep.
Bedroom 8 is at the end of the living space, and has a cast iron king size bed and an en suite with a walk in shower.
Outside are 7.5 acres of lawns; in the summer mown paths lead you through the long grass, rich with flowers and wildlife. Sit beneath the leafy gazebo overlooking the ornamental pond; the lawn slopes gently down to a large pond, a bird watcher’s paradise (but not for swimming and it’s unfenced so please supervise children at all times) with a backdrop of those glorious hills. Have a barbecue on the patio whilst the little ones prance about.
At the front of the house is a walled heated pool (13m x 4.5m, with entry steps and a depth of 1m at the shallow end and 2.2m at the deep end) for use from April to the end of September, with Oriental statues, ornamental terracotta pots, and plenty of room for loungers. Right next to this is the games room where you can chill out over a game of pool or table tennis. Luxurious and stylish, the sheer scale of The House On The Hill and all it’s top notch facilities make this the perfect choice for your large group holiday. What's useful to know is that the owners have a house within the grounds - this is entirely separate from the main house and they don't live there permanently, but if they are about they're just a phone call away if you need any help.
Main kitchen: 4 oven gas AGA - double electric oven - 2 x dishwashers – 3 x induction hobs - Second kitchen/living space with wood-burning stove, double gas oven and dishwasher – 2 x washing machines – 2 x dryers - wifi – DVD library – full Sky package (Sports and Movies) with all TVs – Sonos music system - open fires and wood-burner (logs supplied) – garden furniture - gas barbecue (easter to October, gas supplied) - 2 x cots - 2 x highchairs - duvets/bed linen/towels/robes - 2 x dogs by prior arrangement (£50 charge per pet) - owners sometimes on site (entirely separate accommodation) - no smokers - no fireworks, sky lanterns or drones.
NB: There is an unfenced pond at this property so children must be supervised at all times.