Hillview Lodge is set within the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Local amenities are available from Churchill and Langford within 1 mile of the property and these include convenience stores, post office and public houses. There are a further array of shops available in Winscombe.
There are excellent schools including Churchill Academy and Sixth Form and the Kings of Wessex at Cheddar. There is also excellent independent schooling with Sidcot, which includes a nursery, junior and senior school, within a few hundred yards. Wells Cathedral School and Millfield are also easily accessible. There are good road links to Bristol City Centre and the M5 with rail services to the wider country available from Yatton or Backwell. For overseas travel Bristol Airport is 9 miles distance with flights to many European destinations.
Hillview Lodge is a rare find indeed! A discreet entrance set off the A38 leads via a wonderful Lime tree avenue to a long driveway that winds its way up the hillside to this impressive hidden residence. Believed to date to circa 1985 and subsequently extended by the current owner, the home will appeal to those who wish to enjoy the seclusion of extensive private grounds yet without sacrificing the convenience of the close proximity of Bristol, The airport and the motorway network. Designed to make very most of the magnificent views, the house is designed with the majority of the principal accommodation over the first floor from which a breathtaking outlook over the valley is to be enjoyed. The home is entered via a central arched porchway leading to the hallway with 'wings' to either side. This is very much an architectural home with exposed brickwork and beautiful hardwood detailing throughout. On the ground floor there is a large office suite which could be equally well used as an independent living area for a dependent relative or a private guest bedroom. From the hallway four steps lead up to an inner hall and with a further bedroom and particularly large laundry room with doors opening directly to the front. A staircase continues to the wonderful first floor landing, to one side of which are the principal family bedrooms all of which are orientated to enjoy the views to the front of the house. The principal bedroom is a superb space with extensive built in wardrobes and a larger than average en suite bathroom with twin basins, a bidet a walk in shower and a large corner bath. A good size family bathroom serves the two other bedrooms off this landing. The landing continues to a stylish open plan area leading into the dining room with a high beamed ceiling and open galleried archway to the mezzanine level. Also at this level there is a useful cloakroom and the pine fitted kitchen/breakfast room with Bosch dishwasher, built in Bosch ovens and ceramic hob. A glazed door from the kitchen leads via a covered walkway to the adjacent terrace. The elevated drawing room is a truly impressive space with high vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and roof trusses and certainly large enough for entertaining on a grand scale. A working stone built fireplace with display plinths provides a fine focal point to the room and the side garden can be accessed directly from the end. A further snug is located next to the drawing room and a final flight of steps leads up to an open reception space offering a myriad of uses, such as a play room for children, a further TV room or offering potential to be closed off and used as an additional bedroom if so desired. The home has a great deal of storage throughout with numerous built in cupboards including into the eaves in this top room and a very substantial walk in store cupboard both on the first floor landing and another accessed from the ground floor office suite.
Adjoining the property is garaging for four cars with a further gardeners store with a woodburning stove and a lock up for garden implements. To the rear of the main garage is a useful workshop and the adjoining plant room. The principal landscaped gardens are set to the rear of the home and can be approached via a wide stone flight of steps that lead up from the driveway to a gravelled walk interspersed with colourful Hydrangeas with raised lawns and natural rockery above extending into the woodland. In many ways the architectural design of the home has been mirrored in the careful design and planting of the grounds which feature evergreen Pines with conifers providing form and structure, well established mature shrubs and strategically placed seating areas from which to take in the views which stretch as far as the Welsh hills on a clear day. The beautiful woodlands can be accessed from gates both beyond the property and from a spur off the driveway allowing vehicular access through the wood and an utterly charming circular walk. It is hard to believe that a home set in such amazing private grounds exists such a short distance from the city.