After busy careers and bringing up our two sons we decided that if we were going to embark on a project now was the time. There followed a long search here and abroad before we finally found Hill Farm which is less than 10 miles from where we’ve spent the previous 25 years! The farmhouse certainly provided us with the challenge we wanted and it’s been an interesting, educational and very physical few years. Bed and breakfast was always part of the dream and Hill Farm has the perfect layout, which meant that having to buy it at auction was more than a little stressful!
Hill Farm was built in 1790 using local hand made bricks many of which are marked with the makers’ thumb print. The walls are lime plastered and during the restoration we found large clumps of horsehair binding the lime together. At one time grain was stored at the top of the house and it still remains in the gaps between floor and ceiling. Of particular interest are the lime ash floors, now protected with carpet. There are also large old beams but we don’t have the low ceilings found in cottage properties.
Outside we are also keen to conserve and restore (we both have backgrounds in Environmental Science). To date we have made a kitchen garden and planted the start of an orchard, we’ve also put in 750 native hedging plants and some young oak trees to complement the many mature ones that are such a feature of our countryside views. For us the landscape, the wildlife and the clear skies all combine to make Hill Farm a very special place to live. We look forward to welcoming you to our home.