Huge Georgian house with over two acres of gardens hits the market for £1.3m
A huge Georgian house set in over 2.5 acres of pretty Norfolk gardens has come up for sale for £1.3m.
Hill House in Dilham, near North Walsham, is described as a “completely charming family home” by selling agents Savills and offers around 4,500 sq ft of living space, including three impressive reception rooms, eight good-sized bedrooms and an outdoor swimming pool heated by an air source heat pump.
The property is particularly impressive from the outside, from its initial portico and fanlight at the entrance to its many sash windows and shutters which create a pleasing sense of symmetry.
“It is the impact of the façade on arrival, which hits you square on as you drive out of the trees,” says Savills’ property agent, Ben Rivett. “It is such a pretty house.”
The property was awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England in 1955 and inside, it offers the elegant and light-filled rooms you would expect of a home of its age.
The formal reception spaces are located at the front and include an impressive dining room with a marble fireplace and alcove shelving either side, and a separate drawing room across the spacious entrance hall.
It boasts an open fireplace and sash windows to two sides, as well as fine decorative features such as a ceiling rose and ornate cornicing, before leading in to the contrastingly cosy snug.
Beyond this, there is a study which has French doors that open into the garden.
The kitchen/breakfast room, towards the rear of the house, provides a perfect focal point for family living and features a substantial island in the centre, as well as a traditional Aga and pantry.
French doors lead out into the gardens and on to the terrace, and there is also an additional scullery and boot room located off the side.
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The upstairs floors are accessed by both a main staircase in the hallway and a secondary staircase towards the rear lobby.
Seven to eight bedrooms are spread over the top two floors, and the principal bedroom is a great space, featuring fitted cupboards and an adjoining en suite shower room with a large walk-in shower. This leads into a large dressing room – big enough that it could become an additional bedroom or perhaps a nursery.
The first floor is completed by a further four double bedrooms, which each have views of the gardens, as well as two bathrooms and a linen cupboard.
The second floor has been cleverly configured to provide a pair of built-in beds with storage underneath, as well as a cloakroom and an eighth bedroom, which is currently arranged as a cinema room. It’s a versatile space, lending itself well to children or teenagers – or perhaps even as a space for working from home.
According to Savills, the gardens around Hill House are one of its defining features and really set it apart as a country house.
Formal gardens sit predominantly to the rear, towards the south and west, and are entirely walled to create a great deal of privacy.
Directly from the kitchen there is a paved terrace, perfect for outside entertaining, and elsewhere, steps lead up to lawns and a rose garden, with a croquet lawn and well-stocked beds behind.
This area also plays host to the pool, which is heated with an air source heat pump, a pool house for changing and a useful small kitchen.
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At the opposite end of the garden there is a thriving kitchen garden, cutting garden and pretty box hedging, as well as a lovely glasshouse along one of the boundary walls. A further walled garden sits to the east, providing a good-sized orchard before leading through an archway and panelled wooden gates out to the driveway.
The sale also includes a range of outbuildings, currently configured as a games room/studio and two garages, all of traditional construction and with vaulted ceilings. They could offer huge potential for new owners.
A further line of outhouses sit between the house and the walled garden and include a workshop, wood store and several other storage rooms.
There is also a gravel driveway, that sweeps towards the house, and an area of mature woodland beyond the lawns, which include fine specimens of oak, walnut and beech trees.
For more information, contact Savills.
Dilham, North Walsham
Guide price: £1,300,000
Savills, 01603 229229
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