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7 bedroom detached house for sale
Downside Road, Clifton, Bristol
Clifton village 1.2 miles Bristol city centre 2 miles Bristol Temple Meads 3 miles (Distances approximate)
Accommodation and amenities
Entrance hall drawing room dining room reception / study kitchen / breakfast room domestic office workshop utility room cloakroom extensive cellars
Master bedroom with extensive en-suite bath and shower room 6 further double bedrooms (3 with en-suite) family bathroom
Self-contained 2 bedroom lower ground floor apartment with courtyard garden
Mature gardens extending to approximately 0.73 acres sweeping front driveway rear driveway extensive off street parking single garage
En Suite Bath & Shower Room:
En Suite Bathroom:
Downside Road is positioned conveniently for Whiteladies Road and a short walk from the Downs, some 400 acres of public open space. Clifton Village is close by, with a range of boutique shops, restaurants, wine bars and Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge which gives easy access to the motorway network as well as further open countryside for walking and cycling.
The property is exceptionally well placed for schools in both the state and private sectors. Clifton College, Clifton High School and St John's Primary School are all within the vicinity. Other schools within the city include Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bristol Grammar School and Badminton School for Girls.
For sale freehold
Deerhurst Priory is an exquisite and detached family house in Clifton, built in 1863 for a local solicitor in the Victorian Gothic Revival style. Principally arranged over three floors, with extensive basement cellars and a self-contained apartment on the lower ground floor, the property was extensively overhauled and refurbished in 1999. The exterior of the house is a wonderful combination of dressed Limestone, with local Brandon Hill stone and decorative tiled bands. Of particular note is the beautifully carved Limestone corner oriel. Historically, the house was 'Priorised' by an American owner in the 1920s and then at the outbreak of World War II was requisitioned for military use in 1940. At the end of the war, Deerhurst Priory was bought by a Hungarian chemist. Planning consent for an apartment was granted at the time the house was overhauled and provides the current occupier with a useful and steady rental income; however could of course provide further family accommodation if needed.
Approached via electric double gates from Downside Road, Deerhurst Priory has a long sweeping driveway leading up to the front of the house and providing an extensive amount of parking. The majority of the garden is laid out to the front of the house, enjoying a sunny orientation and mostly laid to lawn. The original front door leads in via a pretty entrance porch to the hall floor which provides a superb and elegantly proportioned dual aspect drawing room with concertina doors opening to the adjoining dining room. Like many rooms in the house, these enjoy detailed ceiling plasterwork and also have the advantage of carved marble fireplaces with open hearths below. Flanking the drawing room is the kitchen / breakfast room complete with wood floors stretching from the entrance hall, and again enjoying the delights of an open fire with a carved stone surround. The kitchen is fitted with a gas fire Aga and a central island providing workspace, whilst to the side a sash window has been replaced with a door which opens out to the east facing breakfast terrace, catching much of the morning sun.
To the rear of the property is a reception room / study (currently with a billiard table) which has potential for a variety of uses and which gives access to the secondary staircase. From this room is a hidden WC and a door leading out to the back rooms providing space incorporating the utility room, larder, workshop and domestic study, with a back door leading to the rear drive, parking and garage.
Accessed via the original stone staircase culminating in a wonderful galleried landing, with a mythological plaster wall frieze, are the principal first floor bedrooms. The master bedroom is superb, providing an extensive amount of space and access into the bowed oriel seen from the front of the property and a particular feature of the house. There is extensive storage with fitted wardrobes and a door leading into an exquisite en-suite bathroom, complete with a free-standing bath, 'his and hers' basins, bidet, WC and a luxury walk in shower. There are two further double bedrooms on the first floor, each with en-suite facilities, with the rear bedroom currently being used as the family snug. Approached via the servant's staircase is the second floor which has four further double bedrooms. The two front bedrooms are extremely generous in size and both enjoy a dual aspect. These share, along with the rear bedroom, a well-proportioned family bathroom with a four piece suite comprising panelled bath, WC, bidet and wash basin and a separate walk in shower cubicle. The fourth bedroom would make excellent au-pair accommodation, and is arranged as a double bedroom complete with kitchenette and en-suite shower room.
One of the key features of the house are the extensive cellars which the current owner uses for storage - including a fabulous wine cellar; the whole however could be put to a variety of uses and converted to provide further accommodation, subject to the necessary consents.
The self-contained apartment
Deerhurst Priory has the advantage of a completely self-containedapartment which is currently rented out on an Assured ShortholdTenancy. The current owners have successfully rented this since consent was granted in the late 1990s, however, it could provide further family accommodation if required. The current tenants access the flat from the rear driveway and there is very little disturbance to the principal property. They have their own private courtyard and the apartment consists of two double bedrooms, bathroom and a generous sitting room / dining room with a kitchen
and breakfast bar.
Gardens and grounds
Flanked by its majestic driveway and with gated access from boththe front and rear, the gardens are a particular feature of Deerhurst Priory. Believed to sit in a plot approaching 0.73 acres, they are predominantly laid to lawn at the front of the house, with a sunny south westerly orientation. The current owners have softly landscaped the garden to provide several features such as the ornamental pond and castellated ha-ha. With a variety of mature borders, fine specimen trees including two Holme oaks and a herb garden, the property presents a unique opportunity within Clifton for a family to enjoy and entertain in.
At the rear and accessed from Beaconsfield Road is the back gated driveway, providing further off street parking, as well as a timber single garage. There is the possibility, subject to the necessary consents, of creating a much larger garage block, either on the existing garage site or a new position accessed from the front driveway. There is external access to a further cellar stretching some 43'. There is also an additional wood store and the sunken courtyard, currently being used by the tenants of the apartment.
Bristol City Council Tel: 0117 922 2000
All mains services.
Fixtures and fi ttings
All items in the nature of fi xtures and fi ttings described in the particulars are included in this sale and all other such items are specifi cally excluded.
Strictly by prior appointment with joint sole agents Knight Frank, Bristol 0117 317 1999 and Richard Harding, Bristol 0117 946 6690