The Old Vicarage enjoys a delightful private setting on
the edge of the village. The approach is via a gated gravel drive, and once the gates are opened it is from here that you get your first glimpse of the impressive tree lined driveway and generous lawns to the side. However it is only when you pass the tightly clipped mature yew hedges and the driveway sweeps around to the front of the house that you can start to really appreciate the magnificent gardens and the delights this property has to offer.
The house circa 1842, is built of Ashler/Bath stone under a stone roof, this combined with its typical Georgian architecture creates a very handsome house, which approximately ten years ago received major refurbishment. Paying great attention to detail the current vendors have now created a beautifully presented and well-maintained family home with the addition of an orangery with atrium roof and a sitting room.
The main reception rooms have generous ceiling heights, and the fine Georgian windows provide the rooms with a light airy feel, and views over the wonderful gardens on all sides. There are many period features throughout the house including the original working shutters and original flag stone floor in the hall, which has been re-laid following the installation of under floor heating.
The warm and inviting kitchen breakfast room is obviously the heart of the home, and with the addition of the orangery this is the perfect place to sit and relax while enjoying morning coffee or afternoon tea while reading the paper or just soaking up views of the garden. Also on ground floor is a generous boot/scullery room and a cloakroom, with the cellar on lower ground floor providing storage and wine store.
From the hall a beautiful staircase winds its way up to
both the first and second floors where there are five
charming bedrooms. The master and second bedrooms
have generous ensuite bathrooms which both include
showers. Bedroom 3 has an ensuite shower room and
on the second floor there are two further bedrooms and
a family bathroom.
Everything about this property makes it feel and look
like a much loved family home, and that is because it is.
GROUNDS & GARDENS
The Old Vicarage sits within beautiful mature gardens and grounds. Designed and laid out by Chelsea Gold Medal award winner Peter Dowle and the vendors, they provide the perfect setting for the house. The gardens are lovingly maintained and compartmentalised into specific areas including Victorian walled garden with an ornamental pond and wisteria-covered pergola, Italianate secret garden,
woodland garden, a herb garden and other colourful
herbaceous borders flanked by lawns. Adjacent to the formal gardens are two paddocks incorporating a wild flower meadow, orchard and kitchen garden.
THE COACH HOUSE
To the north of the house there is a pretty coach house
draped in white roses. This comprises an open-plan kitchen/dining room, a sitting room and above there is a bedroom and ensuite bathroom.
Adjacent to the coach house is a double timber car port
and a workshop. There is also a substantial log store.
Hilmarton is a small village in North Wiltshire. There is a fine church which dates from the 12th century. The village also benefits from a pub and a primary school and is situated between the towns of Calne and Royal Wootton Bassett.
The nearby town of Calne offers a comprehensive range
of amenities, as does the larger market town of Chippenham, which providing main line rail services
(Paddington approximately 75 minutes) and modern
sports and leisure services. Excellent road communications provide easy access to the major employment centres of Bristol and Swindon via the M4.
There is a good choice of both state and private schools
in the area, these include St Mary's and St Margaret's
Calne, Dauntsey's at Market Lavington, Pinewood, and
Those with an interest in country and leisure pursuits
are well catered for in the region, including a number of
golf courses including Bowood Country Club and North Wiltshire Golf Club at Bishops Cannings. The area has long been associated with equestrian events including racing at Cheltenham and Newbury, Badminton and Gatcombe Horse Trials.
Calne 3 miles
M4, (junction 16) 10 miles
Malmesbury 15 miles
Chippenham 8 miles
Swindon 13 miles
Marlborough 15 miles