Hugely impressive, well positioned country house.
Hill of Hallyards is a fine, imaginative L shaped country house. Originally an 18th century farm building it was initially part converted in the mid 1980s. A further wing was converted in the late 1980s. It occupies a lovely position with good views south, and from the garden to the north. Whilst rural it is certainly not remote. The house comprises two wings, either side of a fabulous open plan kitchen/living/dining room and offers considerable flexibility for expansive family living, and is ideal for entertaining. The house retains much of its original character with stone walls and a slate roof. Internally there are some fine timber beams, particularly in the full height kitchen, adding to its authenticity. As well as the open plan kitchen there are two good sized reception rooms and each wing has three bedrooms. The house is laid out to capitalise on its position and outlook, and is fully double glazed.
The drive leads past an area of woodland and the house to a gravelled turning circle at the far end, around two birch trees. Partially glazed doors open to a porch with a stone flag floor and hanging and storage cupboards (one with stone flag shelves, used as a larder). Partially glazed stable doors open to the hallway/living room, currently used as a games room, with a part beamed ceiling, staircase to the first floor and a partially glazed door to the garden. Off this is a WC with panelling to dado level, pedestal washbasin and tiled floor. The sitting room is a lovely dual aspect room which makes the most of the view and the garden, and has a large stone fireplace with a Hunter wood burning stove and French doors to the terrace. The most impressive open plan kitchen/dining/ living area has a full height and beamed ceiling with a hanging rack over the central island unit. French doors and full height windows make the most of the views and is a lovely seating area. The kitchen has fitted units with slate and wooden worktops, two oven cream AGA with overmantel and extractor, NEFF four ring ceramic hob, Miele Classic oven/grill, porcelain sink, Miele dishwasher, Miele fridge and freezer. The central island unit has a wooden worktop, sink and breakfast bar. There is ample room for informal dining and further seating, together with two secure cupboards.
A wooden staircase leads to the first floor landing, display shelves, cupboard housing a hot water tank and a hatch with attic ladder to the roof space. Bedroom one has fitted bunk beds, wall light, and a built in hanging and shelved wardrobe. Bedroom two again has a built in hanging and shelved wardrobe and a wooden floor. The tiled shower room has a shower cubicle, washbasin with vanity unit and WC. Bedroom three has a window seat making the most of the views, corner hanging wardrobe and a tiled en suite bathroom with bath with shower, washbasin and WC.
Beyond the kitchen a passageway leads to bedroom four which has a beamed ceiling, walk in hanging and shelved wardrobe, and washbasin with vanity unit. The family bathroom has a bath, tiled shower cubicle, washbasin, WC, an airing cupboard, tiled floor and underfloor heating. Bedroom five has fitted hanging and shelved wardrobes as well as a washbasin with a vanity unit. Stairs lead up to a landing and bedroom six with a beamed ceiling with fitted under eaves hanging and shelved wardrobes.
The passageway also links to an integral garage/workshop with an up and over door, Whirlpool freezer, under counter Liebherr freezer and a small fridge. A utility room has units with a sink, Hotpoint washing machine and dryer. There is a floor hatch to a circular wine cellar.
Immediately in front of the property, sheltered within the L of the house and linked to the kitchen, living room and sitting room, is a paved terrace, an ideal seating area making the most of the lovely evening light. The immediate garden mainly comprises a lawn. A paved path leads through to further areas of garden and grounds, where there is a sunken paved seating area. The grounds are down to grass, so are easily maintained, and have considerable potential for paddocks if wanted. A path leads to a rose arbour with a slate roof and continues on to a greenhouse (8.65m x 2.9m), with a productive vine, power and water, and an automated watering system. The enclosed vegetable garden with raised planters. On the other side of the house are some fine trees including birch, weeping beech and a plum tree. There is a floodlit synthetic grass tennis court/football pitch, and a steel framed shed (9.15m x 4.7m) with concrete floor, box profile cladding and roofing. To the north of the drive, and in a further area of grassed grounds, paths lead to two golf tees and on to a practice green. There is a further wooden arbour.
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