Built around 1849, the residence is a wealth of character and charisma, central to which is the recently refurbished farmhouse kitchen. This spacious and distinctive galley, with its magnificent exposed stone fireplace, AGA and wood-burning stove, is the perfect place in which to entertain large gatherings of friends and family. From the beamed ceiling to the backsplash tiles and marble worktops, it’s a room with an undeniably homely and welcoming appeal.
Approached by a discreet tree-lined country lane, Thornhill poses as somewhat of a hidden gem. However, on entering the commanding gravel driveway – which houses parking for at least ten cars – you’ll find it hard to ignore this superb detached granite property. Its unique setting is particularly private, yet despite this, it sits just a stones throw away from the much sought after parish of St John and the pretty, chocolate box harbour of Bonne Nuit Bay. In fact, Thornhill’s pleasantly peaceful and rural location would have you believe you’re anywhere but close to civilization.
A superb feature of the property is its some 3-4 vergees of land, which sit alongside four ample-sized stables and the residence’s very own sand school, which makes Thornhill a wonderful opportunity for buyers wishing to acquire an equestrian-minded family home.
Combining Georgian and Victorian architectural styles, the property exhibits an array of impressive rooms and distinguished period features in the shape of the traditional Jersey arched fenestration, deep skirting boards and oak floorboards. From the enchanting window seats to the original Georgian sash windows – which reveal picture-perfect views of the surrounding land and serene scenery – Thornhill is a lure of personality and enticement.
The stunning hallway – with its Victorian, black and white tiling resembling the marble checkerboard of a dance floor and again, is another of the residence’s many unique allures. With its countless doors and windows, Thornhill sets the stage for a very open and warm house, yet one that feels slightly separated from the outside world. The garden is a vision of colour and enchantment. Home to flowerbeds, fruit trees and a veritable pavilion draped in foliage – it’s the perfect place in which to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining come the summer months.
Currently forming five bedrooms with an adjoining flat, in the shape of a substantial, self-contained wing, this particular establishment is an ideal investment for those wishing to become not only the proud possessors of a rural farmhouse, but also, the owners of a home with scope for potential income. Or otherwise, a space in which to entertain multi-generational living.
On top of this, all rooms in the house could easily be incorporated to provide a more extensive six bedroomed family home with the enhanced luxury of a rather grand reception area on the ground floor.
With a definite affinity for warm and serene interiors and an ardent love for the landscape, this bright and sunny Jersey property perfectly personifies good cheer, a friendly feel and a relaxed draw. Thornhill is much more than just a charming family home; it’s a residence with great potential.