Avonhill House occupies a unique location, on the edge of the small village of West Amesbury which itself lies at the top of the beautiful Woodford Valley and within the boundary of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Unseen from the road, the house is approached over a private lane and enjoys the most wonderfully private setting, surrounded by beautifully tended gardens of just under two acres.
Constructed in 1957, the house has been extended and improved over the years to form a substantial country house with carefully planned accommodation that has an excellent layout. The ideal relaxed and comfortable family home, Avonhill House offers wonderful space to entertain and enjoy life.
Immaculately presented, the well proportioned rooms are elegant and spacious. All of the accommodation makes the most of the setting, with large picture windows framing the views of the garden and allowing natural light to flood the space.
An attractive portico at the entrance leads into a large, welcoming Reception Hall which gives an immediate indication of the space on offer and leads into a Garden Room. A lovely relaxed spot, with doors opening to a raised terrace, sheltered by a canopy, the garden room is ideal as a second sitting room, generous study, playroom or snug in addition to the formal reception space.
The fine, double aspect Drawing Room is warmed by a Jetmaster fire and enjoys glorious views over the gardens to the woods and River Avon beyond. The Dining Room is of equally good size and features a wooden floor and attractive bay with French windows opening to the garden. A lovely room for dinner parties and long Sunday lunches, the room could alternatively be used as a second sitting room, playroom, study or studio, as the large kitchen also allows ample space for dining.
For more informal occasions, the Kitchen/Breakfast Room is the ideal location, a light, bright room with more than enough space for a large table and chairs, the room is sociable and well laid out. It is fitted with an extensive range of wooden cupboards and drawers including a large island, oven and hob. There is also a fantastic walk-in larder with plenty of shelving as well as a separate Utility Room which offers yet more storage and appliance space. There is a ground floor Cloakroom.
The attractive staircase, with curving oak balustrade, rises to the spacious first floor landing. The Master Suite is extremely well proportioned, including a large separate Dressing Room with built-in storage and en-suite bathroom. There are three further double bedrooms, all with fitted storage and including an excellent Guest Suite with large en-suite shower room (with space and access to plumbing for a bath if so required). There is also a separate family bathroom.
Approached over a private lane, the gravelled drive leads past a large, separate double garage. With electric door and power connected, the garage also offers excellent storage and loft space.
The Gardens are a delight. Mature and well tended they surround the house, forming a lovely verdant setting and wonderful outlook. Arranged to suit the lightly wooded surroundings beyond the boundary, they include numerous specimen trees and shrubs that provide height and structure throughout the seasons. Sweeping lawns, studded with drifts of daffodils and spring bulbs, stretch out behind the property.
Naturalistic ponds provide delightful focal points, linked by rills, creating wonderful habitats for bird and wildlife, whilst beautifully planted herbaceous borders ensure that there is colour, scent and floral interest.
More formal planting to the side of the house includes a horseshoe bed filled with roses and a well placed Wendy House is the perfect addition to a large family garden.
Areas of orchard, including many varieties of apple and a hazel nuttery, combine with vegetable beds, soft fruit cages, greenhouse and sheds to provide all that is needed for the keen gardener to create a productive element to the garden.
A raised stone terrace, with useful undercroft, soaks up the sun at the rear of the house, providing the ideal spot to relax or dine whilst looking out across the gardens, a beautiful, uninterrupted view down towards the leat and woodland beyond.