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Hill Place – Information

This elegant Georgian villa is set in a truly idyllic location one mile from the village of Swanmore in the Meon Valley, Hampshire and just 20 minutes’ drive to the coast. The house was constructed in 1791 by Richard Goodlad with the money he made from the East India Company, and it is thought the property was designed in conjunction with the great architect Sir John Soane. The estate was passed down through several generations until the current owners inherited the property in 2009 and embarked on an extensive renovation programme (as documented by Channel 4’s Country House Rescue). The renovations have been a real labour of love for the current owners to maintain the character and integrity of the property, and have managed to create a beautiful home-from-home venue for family holidays, parties, corporate events and weddings.

 

Staying at Hill Place is a very special experience, evident as soon as you enter the front door. As you step into the magnificent hall featuring a stunning sweeping stair case, exquisite antique furniture and antique oil paintings adorning the walls, you realise that this is a truly exceptional Georgian Grade-II listed country estate with a delightful homely feel. Hill Place offers spacious accommodation and classic English styling, with an eclectic mix of antique furniture collected by the family over the years. The property exudes charm and character with a welcoming feel that belies the grandeur of the rooms.

One of the beautiful rooms at Hill Place
The Hall with its open fire place leads through to the main four reception rooms, all with double height ceilings and huge picture windows giving a real sense of light and space. The elegant Drawing Room has beautiful views of the parkland from its large dual aspect windows and offers the ideal place to relax in front of the roaring log fire. There is also a grand piano in this room which can be the perfect backdrop to a sophisticated evening’s entertainment should you wish us to organise a pianist. The Morning Room is a stunning example of Georgian styling with a beautiful painted floral ceiling, open fire, panelled walls, original art work and solid oak flooring. The vast floor to ceiling windows have glorious views of the park with stairs leading directly down to the manicured lawn. The light and airy Dining Room offers a perfect space for entertaining, with an elegant mahogany table adorned with candelabra creating the centre point of the room. This beautiful table can seat up to 12 guests, with an additional smaller table seating 8. These can be joined together to seat up to 24, or smaller more intimate tables can be brought in to accommodate a maximum of 50 guests for a larger gathering. A huge ornate mirror floods the room with light and reflects the beautiful parkland view over the dining table. There is also a library on the ground floor with a plentiful supply of books, ideal to escape the hubbub and curl up in front of the roaring fire.
Hill Place is dog friendly

In addition to the main reception rooms, there is a fully equipped kitchen, a games room with table tennis and a pool table, and a media room with comfy sofas, projector, games console, DVD/CD library and hi-fi (with a computer and printer available on request). There is free Wi-Fi throughout the house and guests will have access to outdoor games equipment for use in the grounds. Guests will also be able to access a beautiful roof terrace with stunning views as far as the Isle of Wight on a clear day.

Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms and three bedrooms with either a double or twin beds, with an additional two single beds available on request. All bedrooms are spacious with exquisite antique furniture, luxurious bedding with cushions, and all feature televisions and DVD players. Many of the bedrooms have open fireplaces and delightful views, with upholstered reading chairs and ample storage.

 

Host your special wedding day at Hill Place

There is one en-suite shower room; with two further bathrooms with both baths and showers which can be arranged to be en-suite or shared. There is also an additional shower room. All bathrooms are finished to a very high standard with quality suites and fittings.

Outside there are two acres of formal lawns and gardens designed by noted landscape artist Alex Foster, which can easily accommodate a marquee for up to 200 guests. This leads to a further eighteen acres of well-tended parkland, flanked by orchards. These large grounds are the perfect place for many activities, from children’s play to horse riding, quad biking, team building and outdoor events.

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