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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Temple Cloud, Bristol, BS39


Property Description

Key features

  • Extensive accommodation of 6641 sq ft
  • Four ground floor reception rooms
  • Large kitchen/breakfast room with second kitchen/Utility Room
  • Five principal first floor bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
  • Two further bedrooms on second floor
  • Ground floor "Jail Cell" suite of three bedrooms with bathrooms
  • 38 ft baronial "Court" room
  • 26 ft recreation/games/tv room
  • Jacuzzi and sauna room, gym with separate shower facilities

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A magnificent Grade II Listed former Court House of immense character with 8 principal bedrooms. Ideal for extended family living or generating secondary income. Garaging, parking and small easily maintained grounds .


Temple Cloud lies almost equidistant of Bath and Bristol (13 miles) and approximately 11.5 miles from Wells. There is good road access and half hourly bus service to Bristol and Wells and Bristol International Airport is within a short drive. Within Temple Cloud itself is Cameley Primary School and in addition to the aforementioned Chew Valley School, there is independent schooling offered at Downside, All Hallows, Wells Cathedral School and Millfield. Sport amenities include several golf courses, a tennis club and sailing at Chew Valley Lake.


The Old Court is a fascinating and imposing family home with a rich history. Constructed in 1857 as a divisional magistrates court and police station, this Grade II Listed property, built in the Victorian Gothic style, has been transformed over the years into a residence of style and charm. It is rare indeed to find a home which incorporates an original magistrates' courtroom still fully intact - a magnificent Baronial room nearly 40 ft long with vaulted ceilings. This is approached via a grand entrance hall and sweeping staircase originally designed for the dignitaries. Perhaps even more fascinating is the lesser and somewhat ominous small stone staircase from which the convicts emerged via a trapdoor in the floor!. Other quirky but intriguing features include the original jail ceils with vaulted brick ceilings and hatches to feed the prisoners and the magnificent Judges Master Suite complete with Jacuzzi bath and large walk in shower. There are four receptions on the ground floor which are presently laid out as a dining room, a study/library with log burning stove plus large adjoining sitting room with fireplace, and a rear sitting room also with log burner. The study has outside access and is capable of use as an office. There is a large kitchen and separate utility/second kitchen. There are five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, 3 with Jacuzzis on the first floor and to the rear of the property are situated the three "jail cell" bedrooms. The Court Room is at first floor level and connects via a glass bridge to a fabulous tv/games room which is over 26 ft in length and just as capable of use for the hosting of conferences. The first floor also features an exotic spa room with huge Jacuzzi whirlpool bath and sauna in the tower. It is understood that The Old Court has operated as an extremely popular and thriving bed and breakfast and there is certainly scope to continue and develop this business yet further. That said, this is a home that would work equally well for those frustrated by lack of space and flexibility in modern houses and, with total accommodation of 6600 sq ft, it may well suit those seeking to purchase a property jointly with other family members, as the home can absorb large numbers and yet still offer privacy within.

The gated front courtyard and double garage offer plenty of off street parking and a lovely manageable garden, secluded with a terrace, pond and waterfall, provides a calm and pleasant area for entertaining and al fresco dining.

Without doubt, this is a one-off home in a convenient location perfectly placed for swift access to both Bath and Bristol.

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10 March 2016

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