Set back on one of the most desirable roads in Lichfield, Hillboro is so secluded you can’t even see it from the road, yet it is just a short stroll away from the town centre. This impressive 1930’s family home is elevated in the centre of its own large and imposing gardens – the views are simply stunning. As you approach the house by the private drive you really get the sense that this is a very special place. In fact, the well-established grounds were often shown off by previous owners at open garden events and parties.
Hillboro has been updated over the last few years and extended into a second floor but it still retains many beautiful period features, our personal favorite being the servant bells, that still work. Once you enter the home through the original 1930’s door you find yourself in a large hall way with all the rooms leading from it. The large sitting room is the first room you come across with its 3 huge picture windows facing the front of the house and looking over the front garden and those amazing views. From here you are led into the original sun room, which is so delightful and snug, positioned overlooking the grounds and opening onto the most perfect terrace and suntrap but more of that later.
Opposite the sitting room you find a stylish study which has been very recently fitted out and ideal for those who work from home or for the kids to get their homework done away from the hustle of the rest of the house. A further reception room is found near to the kitchen with original wooden floors and flooded with light.
The kitchen is a further highlight of the home, it is vast and perfectly designed to be the hub of family life. Renovated recently with sleek modern cabinets and built appliances including that all important wine fridge but most important, the current owners retained the walk-in pantry – we love a pantry. There’s a designated space for dining, utility room and small boot room next to the back door, superbly located to kick off those muddy wellies after a walk or a play in the back garden.
This house doesn’t have a garden it has grounds and they are simply breathtaking. From the Sun Room you find yourself on a large south facing paved terraced, perfect for entertaining and sampling the local Fifth Spire gin after work. It’s from here that you can truly appreciate the views ahead. There’s even a small boxed vegetable patch and herb garden. Down the steps over the driveway that sweeps in front of the house you reach a large lawned area, which is best kept for best and those all-important garden parties. Established shrubs and plants are in abundance and the ever-practical double garage with electric doors and large shed are secretly positioned so not to spoil the gardens and there’s ample parking space. And finally, to add to the drama of the gardens the front of the house is covered in Wisteria eager to bloom in Spring time.
You maybe forgiven on first arriving at the house that this is where the garden ends but step out the back door past the Anderson Shelter and up a set of steps you will find an oasis of seclusion. Its almost like a secret garden, a huge grassed area surrounded by shrubs and trees for privacy. The children will love the space and freedom and the dog won’t mind too much if he doesn’t get his second walk as he has his own mini park. A set of swings are already in situ, but this space is calling out for a treehouse and maybe even a few chickens.
For the details about the rest of the house and why this is a very special home visit mrandmrsclarke.com or call us to arrange a viewing.