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by Stephanie Bell

With its arched Georgian windows and stone period-style facade this grand country home looks like it has been part of the local landscape for centuries.

Inside too, Fruithill House enjoys the gracious proportions of a by-gone era along with the ornate detail of intricate ceiling roses and cornicing which add period elegance to its many rooms.

It is a surprise to discover that the house was built just 35 years ago. And while today it is in need of some minor updating there is no taking away from the beauty of the carefully crafted original house.

It is a spacious home with five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room, study, WC and two family bathrooms.

Sitting on an extensive site, it comes with formal gardens and three adjoining fields of around 13 acres.

Also set within the grounds is a range of outbuildings, sheds, garages and storage units.

The property enjoys a high degree of privacy and is well located on the periphery of Hillsborough village.

Gates lead past formal lawns along a straight paved driveway to the front of the property.

Once you step inside you immediately get the feeling of being in a grand country home.

A magnificent mahogany wooden carved minstrel gallery landing overlooks the formal hallway where a fireplace, cornicing and ceiling rose all create an air of opulence.

A vast living room, extending to over 26ft with a Georgian bay window and period style fireplace, is also finished with ceiling rose and cornicing. There is another spacious family room also with bay and side window and a lovely natural stone fireplace.

The elegant drawing room extends to 31ft and has, at its heart, a beautiful marble period style fireplace.

The fifth bedroom, which also has an attractive fireplace, is currently being used as a billiards room and there is also a study with built in book cases.

The kitchen is fitted with light oak units with corner built in seating and comes with twin inset sinks and a built in oven and hob. A separate utility room is also fitted with units and a sink.

There is a cloakroom with WC and vanity unit with basin.

Three of the four bedrooms, including the master feature built-in wardrobes and one also has a pedestal wash hand basin. Both bathrooms are fitted with coloured suites and, as well as panelled baths, have separate shower enclosures.

Outside there are many opportunities available for lifestyle and business with a range of outbuildings which include three sheds, a workshop with loft, a boiler house, storage shed and garage with remote control up and over door.

Featured property: Fruithill House, 300 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough

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