The very best of country life

By Judy Marriott

Published on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 15:30


The very best of country life

Hill Farm, Gatcombe, is a beautiful Grade II-listed Georgian farmhouse, with outbuildings and12 acres of land, including paddocks and an orchard.


Location: Gatcombe

Bedrooms: Four doubles in main house, two in annexe

Price: Guide £1,450,000

Agent: Hose Rhodes Dickson

Contact: 01983 538090

THE wonderful away- from-it-all lifestyle centred on an elegant Georgian farmhouse, with glorious views from its hillside setting and more than 12 acres of land, is perfect for more than one family.

Within a peaceful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at Rectory Lane, Gatcombe, Hill Farm is an appealing package with a lovely Grade II listed farmhouse, which has extra space created from former attached farm buildings.

Three generations live harmoniously side by side in the spacious four-bedroom main house and its superb two-bedroom wing.

Making this a fantastic rural retreat great for horse lovers and those wanting to keep animals are the acreage with paddocks, woodland and an orchard, an original pig sty/chicken run, six stables in a stone building with a tack room and a sandschool.

There is also a two-storey granary, a workshop plus a large tractor barn and huge threshing barn, which could both have conversion potential.

The handsome stone farmhouse, with eight large front sash windows, looking southwards over a patchwork of fields and woods to downland and even as far as Culver Down, has been refurbished by the owners, who converted the former farm buildings.

While the main house has kept interior doors, some working shutters to its sash windows and attractive fireplaces — one in each bedroom —the west wing has period ceiling beams, flagstone flooring and slate shelves now serving as kitchen work surfaces.

Two driveways lead to upper and lower gravelled parking areas bordered by lawns and with gated steps, to the secluded back garden with lawn, patio areas and a fishpond.

The wall enclosed front garden has a path to French doors to a porch leading on to the L-shaped hallway and original stairs to the first floor.

Both the sitting room, with a marble surround to a woodburning stove, and the big dining room have fine countryside views. The snug has an open fireplace and French doors to the back garden.

Also with a front outlook is the flagstone floored kitchen, with cream Shaker units, granite work surfaces a double butler sink, an Aga, a built-in electric oven and hob and an integrated fridge and dishwasher.

Also downstairs are a shower room and a flagstone floored utility room with plumbing for a washing machine.

All four upstairs bedrooms — the master with a fully tiled en-suite – have magnificent far-reaching countryside views and there is also a first-floor WC.

The west wing comprises a sitting room, with an original bread oven to a fireplace with a woodburner, a large kitchen, spacious dining room, plus an upstairs bathroom, a huge en-suite master bedroom and further bedroom.

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