The following description is taken from the 1994 vernacular buildings survey report . An interesting historical development, beginning as a small timber-framed cottage holding, and evolving into a large residence with adjacent yard and buildings. A secondary, irregular yard of late 19th and 20th century buildings developed to the north of the original yard, reflecting a move to purpose-built structures. The earlier buildings were traditional mixed agricultural structures. The development of Hill House Farmhouse is somewhat unusual, in that the sequence of the various phases does not immediately appear to be logical. The house has developed from an initially very small dwelling to its present state, that of a large, rambling, prosperous residence. Phase I - Early 17th century A one and a half storey timber-framed cottage was constructed, consisting of two rooms on the ground floor and two chambers on the first floor with a massive fireplace built into a centrally placed stack. It is uncertain where the stair (or ladder) to the first floor was situated. Phase II - Late 17th century The timber-framed cottage was clad in brick. This appears to have taken place over some period of time, extending into Phase III. There are indications of frequent patching and repair, and the present window opennings are most likely to have been inserted in the early 18th century Phase III - Early 18th century The impressive main block was built, consisting of two ground floor rooms and entrance hall, and two two first floor rooms and landing. This construction has remained virtually untouched structurally, since it was first built. An interesting aspect of this phase is the spatial relationship it bears to the cottage. The new T shaped block was built detached and away from the existing cottage. However, the entrance hall and landing section was built slightly off-centre of the front section, and to exacly the same width as the cottage. The assumption must be that the Phase IV work was already planned and allowed for when the Phase III building was designed. Phase IV - Mid 18th century This involved the construction of the linking block between the cottage and the new front block. The ground floor was occupied by a single room, a new kitchen. A large chimney was constructed against the south wall of the room, the exterior north wall of the old cottage.The first floor was laid out as it is at presesnt, with the corridor and short flight of stairs to compensate for the different floor heights of the cottage and the new front block. Phase V - Early 19th century The east side extension was added to the cottage. This appears to have been built as a dairy on the ground floor, and possibly a cheese room on the first floor. The present rear stair is an alteration of one constructed in this phase, which rose to an antiroom acting as a temperature airlock to the cheese room. At this time there was no immediate access between the cottage and the dairy block. The ground floor was entered by an external doorway in the north wall, now built up and occupied by a modern window. The only window was also in the north elevation, the shadiest side of the block. Phase VI - Late 19th century A one and a half storey block at the extreme southern end of the cottage was added. This was of narrower width than the cottage, and built right up to the original south gable wall, represented by the socketed bridgertowards the south end of a cottage room. A contemporary small chimney was built into the the new south gable wall of the new block. Phase VII - Early to Mid 20th century This phase covers a number of relatively minor changes and improvements, mostly internal. Externally, the porch in the angle between the east side of the cottage and the south side of the dairy block was constructed, and the small storeroom constructed in the east side of the junction between the cottage and the south extension. Windows were inserted in the south and east walls of the dairy block, and the first floor converted into a bedroom. On the ground floor, the rear stair was partitioned off from a lobby formed within the rear porch. Doorways were insertedto allow access between the old dairy and the main body of the house. A room on the first floor of the cottage was formed, partitioned from an extension of the corridor which gave discrete access between all rooms on the first floor of the house. The ground floor of the dairy block was used as a Garden Room. The kitchen was reduced, and a storeroom and W.C. constructed. A room was converted to use as a bathroom. In one room, the original timber-framed gable wall was removed, leaving only the transverse bridger. A new wall was built slightly to the south of this earlier line, thus enlaging one room and reducing another. This particular work appears to have been carried out at the same time as the construction of the small storeroom on the east side of the cottage and the south extension. Phase VIII - Mid to Late 20th century Plans were drawn up for a fairly radical programme of improvements and alterations in 1997. The full scope of these plans was never realised. However, some changes were made in during the late 1970s and eary 1980s along similar lines.