5 bedroom semi-detached house for saleHigh Street, Iron Acton, Bristol, BS37 9UL
Sold STC £650,000
- Kitchen (separate)
- Attic / Loft
- Central Heating
- NO CHAIN
4/5 Bed Cottage South Gloucestershire Village £650,000
Near Bristol & Bath
Traditional cottage in Conservation area. Lovely spacious home and gardens
On village High Street not overlooked – excellent open views throughout. Capacity for independent studio flat, or business space. Garages & parking
Cottage dates back to 1700. One of those homes that immediately appeals as a happy house. Excellent decorative condition, inside & out. Minimum 5 beds, 4wcs, 3 showers, several reception rooms, conservatory, well-appointed farm-house style kitchen, utility room, 3 garages, lots of storage! Semi-detached. Lovely gardens.
A beautiful family home with much flexibility: could be adapted eg for separate accommodation (older or younger generation needing self-contained home) OR to divide to make a 6th bedroom OR to operate a business.
The level plot is elevated above street level so pedestrian access is up steps, and the vehicle driveway slopes upward from the road.
The cottage has two fibre optic fed broad band lines and routers, and both domestic and business BT phone lines. Sky dish. Oil-fired central heating (there is no mains gas in the village). Newspaper & milk deliveries available.
The house might be challenging to those with mobility problems, there are several spots with 1,2 or 3 step level changes on each floor. Makes for interest when you are fit, but might pose problems otherwise.
(There is a neighbouring private bungalow whose occupant has a right of access via the driveway. Causes no problems.)
See below for
Cottage description – brief guide
Room by room – more detail
Outdoors – gardens etc
Village Features and Amenities - about Iron Acton & its environs
Access and Transport – Air, rail & road links & major accessible local employers
Front porch, leads to 32 ft lounge, with access to conservatory at one end and at the other end leading ‘open plan’ style into 20ft morning room. Door to 10ft square ‘snug’ room and doors also to kitchen (farmhouse style) and stairs down to cellar. From kitchen, doors to utility room and garage1. From garage 1 pass into garage 2.
Stairs are between lounge & morning room and lead to a landing & to 4 principal bedrooms - two good doubles (one with ensuite shower & dressing room) & a single bedroom between them. A fourth single bedroom (can accommodate a double or ‘pull-out’ bed). Main bathroom. There is then a further room, some 30ft x 11ft, used variously by vendor as an office or extra bedroom. This room has its own shower, sink & separate WC and 2nd staircase and entrance from garden.
Room by room (See floor plans for sizes)
Lounge has wood-burner and open fire grate (opposite ends) with local stone lintels over the fire openings. The windows are leaded glass. Entry through porch, front door opens directly into lounge; (the vendors furnish as part lounge part formal dining – see photos; with adjustments to furniture we have had table of up to 24 seated). On opposite side there is a door leading via 3 steps into snug. Further along, up 2 steps into the morning room (the main stairs are to the left). The morning room has extensive folding sliding doors opening up into the rear courtyard, it has a door to the stairway down to the cellar; in truth it is a part cellar, having a window for natural light. The cellar houses the oil-fired combi boiler which provides excellent heat and continuous hot water. (There is a full maintenance contract in place covering the boiler). The vendors use the cellar for sewing, ironing, airing of washing etc – none of the implements need ever to be ‘put away’ – a great convenience! A door leads from the morning room, up 1 step into the snug. The snug is a very warm & comfortable room, aptly named. Bathed in morning sunlight. Used by the vendors to sit, but could easily house a dining table. Leaded glass window, view to garden.
Also from the morning room is the doorway into the kitchen.
The kitchen is provided with wooden base and wall units . Shelves are provided for micro-wave oven & for toaster, keeping the worktops free. An island unit (partly on wheels to enable repositioning) holds extensive accessible storage, all with granite work tops (also granite window cill). There is a split Belfast-style sink (ie two bowls) and Miele dish-washer installed.
There is a Godin range cooker (7 ring Calor gas hob) with electric ovens (one large multi-function, a smaller fan oven, a warming oven & two storage drawers (wok ring & crepe & blinni accessories). Extraction hood over. There is an Amana American fridge-freezer (plumbed for filtered water & constant ice production).
The window looks out over the courtyard and has a view of the nearby Church tower.
The kitchen table is sufficient to seat at least six in comfort.
A glazed door leads to the utility room. This gives access to a ground floor WC. There is a Belfast sink set under granite worktops, with tumble dryer to one side and washing machine on the other. Window looking into courtyard - & on same wall, a stable-door access to the courtyard. There are two built-in full height cupboards used for outdoor coats (radiator keeps them warm & dry!), with storage shelves between the two. There is an open pantry shelving system, where presently a wine rack is also housed together with an auxillary drinks fridge. From the kitchen, there is a door out to garage 1.
Garage 1 is both true and a mis-nomer. There are wooden garage doors, and length enough(13ft6) plus adequate width (9ft) for a smaller car; however, the vendors use the space as a multi-purpose back porch. It holds space for upright freezer, firewood logs in the dry, wellington boots, bicycle, paints and decorating materials, recycling store bins etc etc! (Just outside are the Calor Gas bottles & wheelie bins, convenient, but out of the way.) From Garage 1, there is access to Garage2. This has a remotely operated roller door. It is a large garage, (20ftx9-12ft) one end being fitted out with floor to ceiling storage shelves; there is also (presently) an extra fridge/freezer plus other storage shelves, and still plenty of room for the car. An internal door gives access to a small lobby through which the garden can be accessed, but which also houses the foot of the rear staircase, which leads up to the large office/bedroom on the first floor.
The conservatory is accessed from the lounge at its east end, and has doors direct to the lawned garden. Large enough to be furnished with 2 sofas, a table & chairs. Facing East, it warms rapidly in the morning but resists overheating after noon, when shaded from direct sun.
Bedroom 1 (double) has two ‘alcove’ full height wardrobe cupboards, one each side of the chimney breasts, giving a combined 5 ft of hanging rail – with shelving or space below. Leaded window, low cill, gives a pleasing open view – not overlooked. Access via a doorway & up 3 steps to en suite facility, with sink, concealed flush wc inset in base units with marble top shelf & wall units over, and large shower compartment (mains pressure). On the facing wall is a built-in clothes cupboard, drawers at base, a combined 7ft of hanging rails, with other storage shelving in one half (the other half to accommodate long gowns). Also, two high cupboards above. Additional storage is also found with two further hanging rails each of 3ft in a cupboard (sloping floor) over the staircase.
Bedroom2 (double) is a mirror image of Bedroom1 – but without the en suite facility.
Bedroom3 (single) is between 1 & 2, and is of sufficient size to accommodate a single bed plus bedside cabinet or table, chair plus a freestanding wardrobe. Has proved adequate for a teenaged lad!
Bedroom4 (single) (could be a small double) has a built-in wardrobe, 3ft hanging rail with cupboards above and space for dressing table/chest of drawers. Leaded windows, low cills, views over garden, not overlooked.
Principal Bathroom is an attractive feature, with walk-in shower (mains pressure), base-unit cupboards accommodating sink and concealed-flush wc, all topped off with a marble shelf, wall cabinets over and a large and deep double round-end (mid bath taps) bath set under a beautiful marble top.
Office/bedroom5 This is accessed variously from the 1st floor landing or using the 2nd staircase. It has a ‘church’ roof with exposed oak timbers, it is both bright and airy. It has been in use as an office, and periodically as an extra bedroom. It offers a range of future options, whether as a de-luxe principal bedroom, or could be divided offering space for another bedroom with ensuite AND an office or hobby-room. It could also be readily used as separate living space/flat for eg a family member. (NB HMRC’s rent a room provisions allow £7500pa tax free rental income – could provide over £600pm towards a mortgage!) (Garage2, immediately beneath could also be adapted into living accommodation to combine with it via the dedicated stairs.) The ensuite facility includes a separate wc & wash hand basin, a shower compartment (currently electric) and a sink on a granite top. Shelving under & a wall cupboard. The en-suite facility has a ceiling which, above, provides a deck for storage.
Loft. The house loft is accessed via a pull-down ladder through a standard hatch in the landing ceiling. The main walkway - under the ridge - is boarded, lighting is installed. There is a great deal of storage capacity.
Outside are generous beautifully maintained gardens, cottage-style to the front, and to the side a good sized lawned area with flower beds leading to a sunny terrace with elegant summerhouse. The summerhouse is high quality Dutch-built and has electricity, lighting and power. Presently furnished with sofa, two chairs, storage chest, foot stool & coffee table. The terrace is space for outdoor dining, barbeque etc. This area is in full sun all day. There is a good quality 12ft x 9ft green house (with staging, electricity, heater & water), garden pond. A pergola supports an extensive vine giving dappled shade to an outdoor dining table under.
To the rear of the cottage there is a private enclosed courtyard garden some 14ft x14ft –south facing and a summer sun-trap – access both via utility room and from the morning room by way of bi-fold doors.
At the foot of the driveway is garage 3.
Garage3 is presently used more as a workshop than for parking. It is a large garage, and that is its primary purpose. It is well served with lighting and power. It has (similar to Garage2) remote operated roller door, and a pedestrian door. Its ‘roof’ is beam & block & concrete construction which, in the garden above, becomes the terrace and summerhouse base.
The drive & paths are sufaced in ‘patterned, coloured, imprinted concrete’ coloured to tone with the local stone. At the front, there are local flagstone paths. Water, electrical power sockets and external lighting are all in situ. In addition to the garages, there is off-road parking space for several cars. (Plenty of on-street parking as well!)
The fuel oil tank is discretely placed near Garage3, easily accessed by delivery lorry.
Village features & Amenities
The main village is a Conservation Area. In 1950s a by-pass was constructed so that the High Street now holds only local traffic – it is a peaceful village. It is a strong community, it has a vibrant Parish Hall, several social associations (including WI for interested ladies, Actonians Drama group, a village choir and Acton Aid – a gentlemens’ anti-dote to WI!- which meets monthly to raise charitable monies for the Parish, running such events as: a summer out-door concert-‘Proms in the Meadow’, an Autumn beer festival - & a village fireworks in November . The village organisations join in together to promote a popular May Day fair. The Actonians put on regular productions in the Hall. All groups welcome new members.
The Village has its own small primary school (100 yards from the cottage). Several local secondary schools. Easy access to Bristol for Schools such as Bristol Grammar School, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Colstons, Red Maids and Clifton College. Universities of Bristol, West of England and Bath are also in easy reach. Principal Hospitals - Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital are each 20 minutes away.
GP services readily available from a choice of local practices.
The village also has its C12 Church; an English Heritage House – Acton Court – provided for use of King Henry VIII & recently subject of extensive restoration, and a Village Green –complete with Maypole. There is an open parkland, the Parish Meadows – with children’s play area and tennis courts. One of England’s ancient Oak woods (Chill Wood). There are two public houses. There are no shops in the village itself, (although we have a local garden centre, & the garage sells a few useful items) but local towns Yate & Chipping Sodbury have extensive shops and 15 minutes away is The Mall – an out-of –town shopping mall with free parking John Lewis, Marks & Spencer etc etc.
Access & Transport
The transport links are excellent. Bristol Airport (a major EasyJet hub) is 45 minutes. Bristol Parkway rail station is 10/15 minutes.
Bristol is 15-20 minutes. Bath, Gloucester & Swindon each 30 minutes.
Motorway access is quick: Old Severn Bridge (M48 for S Wales), J18 M4 for London, J14 M5 for Midlands & J16 M5 for South West are EACH about 10/15 minutes drive from the Cottage.
Major employers (including Universities & Hospitals described above), Aerospace businesses at Filton, docks related commerce at Avonmouth/Portbury, MOD at Filton, Bristol & Bath Science Park at Emerson’s Green are all easily accessible, as well as the many legal, Banking and financial services & other businesses in Bristol.
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