- Spacious and stylish detached house with annexe, studio and outbuildings
- Open plan living
- Spectacular views
- Creatively planted gardens and land approaching five acres
- Five bedrooms and three bathrooms in main house
- Separate annexe and additional barns
- Private location just outside Bruton
As far as locations go, there are few positions better than the hillside outside Bruton which is home to Hill House. Commanding a vantage point in a gorgeous spot on the ridge of the valley overlooking Bruton, this home has it all. With spectacular views over an area of outstanding natural beauty and it is also brilliantly situated to reach the towns of Bruton and Frome within twenty minutes. The interiors have been designed by Sophie Ashby and the land and gardens have been recently landscaped by PUH (who have also designed Babington House and Hauser and Wirth Somerset) creating an artistic, contemporary house with an urban flavour in a country location.
Hill House sits in a five acre plot with an abundance of usable outside space, great for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. Visitors to Hill House are greeted by a walled garden planted with traditional shrubs and flowers, and the main entrance opens into a friendly flagstoned hallway with a really useful bootroom.
The contemporary, designer kitchen opens from the hallway. This thoughtfully planned space interacts with the the natural light and the outside environment through the many windows and doors which lead out to the Orangery and the patio, gardens and on to the valley outside. The kitchen has been recently tastefully redesigned and also has a new, high specification wooden floor. An electric Aga on one wall warms this communal space, and a feature copper sided kitchen island with marble top make this a wonderfully practical area. The kitchen has bountiful storage and would be heaven for a foodie as it has been designed to make it possible to create culinary delights whilst entertaining guests and family. To one side of the kitchen is space for a large dining table , where guests can enjoy fantastic views over the carefully planted garden. The input of a designer is evident in this property where the living space is open plan yet distinct areas for relaxing have been created. The kitchen flows seamlessly into a cosy seating area centered around a logburner, and a further seating area at the far end of the room features a Jetmaster Fire and looks out over the garden views, through the Orangery.
A south facing Orangery graces the south facing side of the house, looking out across the valley. Home to a well established vine, a fig tree and an abundance of other tropical plants the Orangery creates the transition from warm indoor space to wide, open expanse of countryside.
At the end of the hallway the corridor leads past a pair of doors which lead out into the gardens and on to the playroom which has wooden floors, and a multifuel burner set with an iron fire surround. There is also a large utility area on the ground floor, equipped with a temperature regulator unit for controlling the atmosphere around the wine the previous owner made from the grapes grown on the vines in the orangery, and also a laundry.
A large studio is also on the ground floor which is currently used for creating music but would also be a fantastic space for an office.
There are two staircases leading to the first floor, where there are five bedrooms and three bathrooms, all fitted in a contemporary, pared-back style. The master bedroom has gorgeous views across the valley and is reached through a dressing room with fitted wardrobes and shelving. An ensuite bathroom has a claw foot roll top bath with shower attachment as well as a walk in shower with an overheard rain shower.
The four other bedrooms all have lovely features. The second bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, the third bedroom slots conveniently between the family bathroom and the second bedroom ensuite and has generous dimensions with lovely views to the north east.
The third bedroom has unrivalled views across the valley to Bruton, as well as having generous fitted storage cupboards. The fourth bedroom has views facing to the south and east, and a window seat from which to enjoy them.
This property has an abundance of outside space, including a one bedroom cottage annexe which could be home for relatives or employees but which would also make a fantastic Airbnb or a holiday let. With a separate sitting room, kitchen, double bedroom and bathroom which contains a shower and double ended bath, this is a fabulously versatile facility. The annexe is connected to the house by the loggia which is in turn connected to the studio in the main house, but it has its own entrance making it a fully independent dwelling. Full length windows from the bedroom provide unrivalled views across the gardens and valley beyond. The annexe has electric heating.
Hill House has a large barn at the font of the property with access off the driveway, and could be used as a garage or storage for the ride on mower or even as an outside gym. The walled garden at the entrance to the House is constructed on one side by open barns which offer even further storage and offer great development potential.
An Orangery runs along the back of the house, and is home to a fig tree and an established grapevine as well as many other attractive plants. Outside the Orangery is an area dedicated to shrubs, herbs and grasses planted amongst sleepers, and a patio constructed of reclaimed brick wraps around the kitchen and dining room creating a wonderful area for al fresco dining or sitting with a book and coffee and enjoying the view.
The gardens and paddock have been landscaped to create distinct areas, including a childrens playhouse area and a social area around a built in fire pit. The gardens are well stocked, and have recently been planted with fifty new trees which bear edible fruit and nuts. The lawns have been thoughtfully planted with wild flowers and, in one section, a bee friendly garden with plants known to be attractive to bees.
Bruton is a fashionable and popular town in the heart of the Somerset countryside. The town has several well-known restaurants, pubs and bars including “At the Chapel” and “The Roth Bar” at the world-renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery, whose gardens have been designed by the same designer as the gardens at Hill House. The town also has a doctors surgery, pharmacy, vet, post office, several mini supermarkets, fuel station and numerous independent shops.
Frome is a historic market town with many notable buildings and features the highest number of listed buildings in Somerset. Brunswick House lies near the centre and within easy walking distance of a range of excellent independent shops, cafes, Pubs and restaurants. This historic Town is also popular for its artisan street markets and festival and cultural events. There is a sports centre, and a cinema. Babington House private members club which offers a wide range of leisure and recreational facilities is just 1.5 miles.
Large supermarkets are located in the towns of Wincanton and Shepton Mallet which are both a short drive away and Gillingham (approx 20 mins away) has a Waitrose as does Sherborne (30 mins). For further shopping and recreational activities, Bath, Bristol, Wells and Yeovil are all within about an hour’s drive. The A303 (6 miles) provides a direct route to London via the M3 and the A36 provides direct access to Bath/
There is a mainline rail service from Bruton/Castle Cary to London Paddington (approx. 2 hours) and also the new train to Waterloo (Bruton) . Frome station offers high speed rail links to London Paddington and London Waterloo.
The A303 (M3) provides good road access to London and the wider motorway network, in addition to the A36, M4 and M5 all being within easy reach.
There are excellent local independent schools include King’s School Bruton, Bruton School for Girls and also the state owned boarding school - Sexey's. Bruton has its own primary school and in close proximity are Millfield, Hazelgrove and All Hallows prep schools.
Frome offers plenty of good state schools including the well-known Steiner Academy and there are several independent schools within an easy drive.
For further shopping and recreational activities, Bath, Bristol, Wells and Yeovil are all within an hour’s drive. The A303 provides a direct route to London via the M3 and there is a mainline rail service from Bruton to London Paddington (approx. 2 hours) and also the new train to Waterloo. Airports in Bristol and Exeter offer connections within the UK, Europe and beyond.
Private water supply and drainage. Mains Electric and Oil central heating.
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