Mr Clarke says :
The position of the house is stunning. How many pubs did you say Lichfield has?
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.
Mrs Clarke says :
This is the perfect family home, loads of space for everyone and potential for me to get out my interior design magazines and start planning.
Climb the staircase to discover a spacious landing with 4 large double bedrooms on the first floor, one with an en-suite shower room and a further family bathroom. There’s loads of storage space on this floor, ideal if you’re a family with lots of stuff. Heading up the next set of stairs brings you to the newly created second floor. This space is a haven of tranquility away from the rest of the house. A large bedroom with lots of bespoke fitted wardrobes, drawers and dressing table and we mustn’t forget the 2 window seats to curl up on with a cuppa and a good book- if you peep out the window you get those views again too. There’s also a stunning en-suite bathroom to pamper yourself in.
You’ll never outgrow this house, its one of those rare forever type homes. It’s all ready for someone to put their personal stamp on and start its new journey together.
- Style : 1930’s Grandeur
- Lifestyle : Stylish family living
- Three words : Impressive. Family. Home.
Our favourite part
It has the presence and setting of a country house, yet you are less than a 20minute walk into the beautiful city of Lichfield – we adore the gardens with those amazing views.
Lichfield is a stunning little city with a magnificent cathedral, loads of history, jam packed with pubs, a great park and a festival almost on every month, and then there’s the Morris Dancers – it’s that English and we simply love it, it’s got everything here you could possibly need.
It’s always been a bit of a destination for a night out as there loads of top notch restaurants, many independent, be it the Wine House or a few miles out The Boat at Summerhill, you’ll always have a great selection to choose from and many a bar to go to before or afterwards. It really is fast becoming a real foodie town with 2 food festivals a year packing in the crowds. And if you like your entertainment a little more highbrow the music and literature festivals will suit you fine as well as the odd fringe festival throughout the year.
The youngsters are well catered for with a superb park right in the centre of the town, its so convenient you can grab a flat white from one of the many funky coffee shops before you exert your energies on all Beacon Park has to offer: tennis courts, pitch and putt, bowling green, a creative play area for the tots as well as beautiful gardens to admire. There’s a theatre too named after one of Lichfield’s many famous residents, David Garrick and the medieval Guildhall is a superb music venue.
Around the town there’s also a strong independent vibe of shops, our personal fav’s being Worth Brothers Wine Merchants and the Kitchen Shop full of every gadget you didn’t realise you needed. Of course, there’s a Waitrose in Lichfield and its huge – perfect! If you’re in need of the bigger named chains, the out of town shopping area in Tamworth is just a couple of miles away and it even has the holy grail of shops, John Lewis.
If you feel the need to get active there’s loads of sporting clubs and health clubs to join or simply get out in the fresh air with your pooch on one of many lovely walks right on your doorstop, be it along the canal towpaths or meandering around the beautiful streets you’ve got it all. For the more adventurous the Derbyshire Dales isn’t too far away for some serious hiking in the great outdoors.
There’s a great community spirit here, many residents never move and if they do they usually can’t wait to move back. The schools, both State and Independent are all good and this little City is incredibly well connected. Two train stations, with trains to London Euston in less than 80 minutes and Birmingham in 35 minutes – what could be better? If you’re driving the M6 Toll is close by, just over half an hour to Birmingham, with Leicester and Derby an hour.
Lichfield really is a perfect little City.
Great schools, lots of culture and lovely people
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Loads of independent shops from Worth Brothers Wine to Bore Street Bakery
- Supermarket: lots in Lichfield but our favourite - Waitrose of course
- Pubs: The Boat at Summerhill is our favourite & The Horse and Jockey intown
- Walks: The pretty streets of Lichfield or The Derbyshire Dales
- A modernised, detached 5 bedroomed house, built in the 1930’s in the beautiful city of Lichfield.
- The house comprises; entrance hall with stairs rising to the first floor, cloak room, sitting room with gas flame fire, sun room, study, dining room/snug, open plan kitchen/dining room, utility, 5 bedrooms, 2 en-suites and a family bathroom.
- Outside is a large south facing garden, including a large terrace, lawn with established plants and shrubs. A a double garage with electric gates and space for parking several cars. The north facing back garden is lawned, private and surrounded by trees, shrubs and a shed. There is also an Anderson Shelter at the back of the house.
- Open Plan Kitchen/Breakfast Room – 3.31m x 5.17 m (10’10” x 16’x11”) inc. NEFF induction hob, Neff double oven, built in combi-microwave / oven, integrated Dishwasher, Dual Zone wine chiller. Granite island and work surfaces, tiled floors and walk in pantry. Double glazed
- Sitting Room – 4.10m x 6.81m (13’5” x 22’4”) double glazed and gas flame effect fire. Double glazed windows.
- Sun Room 2.23m x 4.42m (7’4”x14’6”) original windows with tiled floor.
- Dining Room 4.10m x 4.37m (13’5”x14’4”) wooden flooring and double glazed windows.
- Study 3.36m x 2.46m (11’x 8’1”) bespoke fitted office units with Corian work tops. Double glazed windows.
- First Floor – Bedroom One– 4.10m x 4.8m (13’5”x16’) built in wardrobes and double glazed
- Bedroom Two – 4.10m x 4.87m (13’5”x16’) en-suite shower room, room for wardrobes and double bed. Glazed windows
- Bedroom Three – 3.36m x 4.87m (11’x16’) with double glazed window, room for a double bed and wardrobes
- Bedroom Four – 2.73m x 5.17m (8’x16’11”) – room for a double bed, wardrobe and double glazed.
- Bathroom -Villeroy & Boch bath and walk in shower
- Second floor – Bedroom 5.50m x 3.97m (18’x13’)with bespoke fitted wardrobes, draws, dressing table and window seats. Double glazes. En-suite Villeroy & Boch walk in shower
- Services - All mains services are believed to be connected to the property including gas. Tenure - Freehold Local authority - Lichfield Postcode – WS14 9DG