A unique stone-faced detached character property with an interesting history. Set in a large plot, this fascinating five bedroom house has masses of ground floor entertaining space, superb features and mature gardens. It is unlike anything else you will see in the area and requires a committed buyer who is interested in creating and maintaining a special home full of period charm.
We are delighted to present for sale this most unusual early Victorian detached house, believed to be a former hunting lodge from when this part of South London was a large farming and sporting estate. Almost hidden behind a high stone wall clad in a stunning mature Chinese wisteria on Hillside Road, "Hillcroft" is a long and low stone-faced two storey house with a slate roof built into the side of a hill. Once in the front garden, the elevation reveals a mixture of large mullioned windows with stained glass panels on the ground floor with box frame sash windows above and a prominent lead sundial and a weather vane on the central gable. There is a lawn and paved terrace with bin store and a second gate tucked to one side and external steps the other side that lead up to the rear gardens. The ground floor has an entrance lobby that leads to a large hall and dining room with painted wooden floors, high ceilings and an impressive open stone fireplace. Under the large staircase there is also a practical storage closet. From here the room leads to another bright reception/sitting room with an ornate ceiling, large sash windows with inset box seating into a large bay window and another imposing fireplace and mantelpiece. To the left of the entrance lobby there is a breakfast room with a floor to ceiling built-in dresser and a large tiled fireplace. This is open to the fitted kitchen behind which has wooden units with black granite worktops and space for the usual modern appliances. There is a cloakroom/utility room with a glazed ceiling that has a guest W.C, a wash hand basin and fitted closets housing laundry machines and the gas boiler. The upper floor has a long L-shaped landing with a large mullioned window with stained glass panels to the rear and doors to: A large master bedroom with fitted wardrobes, a fireplace and an en-suite bathroom, a guest double bedroom, a family bathroom, a "secret" third double bedroom hidden behind a built-in bookcase and then two further rooms currently used as a study and a den/office. There is access both from the landing and the office onto the mature rear gardens. Here you will find a patio dining area and a wooden deck and pathway that leads to a level central lawn that is surrounded by plenty of mature shrubs and flowering trees giving great privacy. Behind a screen of planting, there is a hard standing area and concrete garage which is used for storage but the area has scope to create a more usable space or amenity (STPP) The property is located on a quiet residential road off the South Circular and is within easy reach of the City and West End via Tulse Hill (Thameslink) Streatham Hill, West Norwood stations and Brixton (Victoria Line tube.) There is quick access to Clapham and Dulwich schools as well as the lovely Brockwell Park and Herne Hills many great pubs and restaurants. The property is offered with no onward chain.