Red Lion House is a handsome Grade II Listed house that once served as one of the many coaching inns that flourished in Hindon when the village was an important staging post between Exeter and London from the 18th to mid-19th Century. The present mainly Georgian building replaced a previous one on the site that dated back to at least 1711 before being destroyed in the Great Fire of Hindon in 1754. From the regency era up to the present day it has been extended and altered and also used as a rectory, surgery and more recently, a much loved family home.
The present owners have undertaken a painstaking refurbishment, carefully sourcing age-related fittings such as the reclaimed fireplaces to ensure they are true to the period. At the same time the property has been stylishly extended, altered and modernised with a great deal of care so that the new additions harmonise with the original period features and design. The result is the creation of a very special home that is both full of character and ideal for contemporary living.
The accommodation includes three reception rooms, an elegant hall and a magnificent light and airy open plan ‘hub-of-the-house’ living space comprising a kitchen with Aga, breakfast room and an orangery/sitting room. Four of the six bedrooms have en-suite facilities whilst two also have dressing rooms. The second floor has a large family room and a study with scope to utilise it as a flat or Airbnb opportunity. The good-sized basement has a workshop, wine cellar, secure store and boiler room.
An undoubted feature are the extensive, delightfully landscaped grounds that extend to around 0.57 of an acre and are arranged as a series of Gertrude Jekyll like garden rooms. They are surrounded by a mix of old brick and stone walls, some of which are thought to have come from the remains of William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey which collapsed in the 1820s.
There is ample parking and a triple bay garage with a hay loft over. The detached former coach house has been sympathetically converted for use as a guest annexe, office or staff accommodation and has a sitting room/kitchen, garden room, bedroom and en-suite shower room.
Rural View are marketing Red Lion House with a guide price of £1.35 million and can be contacted on 01722 716895 for more information.