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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Old Gloucester Road, Northwoods, Bristol, BS36

Sold STC £1,295,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II Listed detached residence
  • Drawing room, dining room and study
  • Stylish, well fitted kitchen/breakfast room
  • Six bedrooms and three bathrooms
  • Workshop and cellarage
  • Beautiful ornamental grounds with kitchen garden
  • Grass tennis court and croquet lawn/possible pony paddock
  • Swimming pool and Victorian tiled gazebo
  • Long shared private driveway and garage

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An elegant and most conveniently located period home in delightful 1.24 acre grounds


Northwoods is a small rural area located to the North West of Winterbourne where there is a range of shops suitable for day to day living. It is well served by the Ring Road and the M4 and M5 Motorway networks making national travel easily accessible. Bristol's commercial centre is 8.3 miles distant and for rail links, Bristol Parkway Station is approximately 2.9 miles distant. Both state and private schooling is well catered for within the area and there are various golf courses and leisure facilities within close proximity.


A hidden gem just a few moments drive from Bristol Parkway Station and equally well placed for swift access to the M5 or M4 motorways. Surrounded by beautiful green belt countryside, this fine Grade II Listed building was built in 1830's for Dr Edwin Fydell Fox, son of Edward Long Fox who pioneered the humane treatment of the mentally unwell at Brislington House near Bristol. Tranquillity, seclusion and extensive walks were all fundamental to Fox's treatment and as such Northwoods House was built as one vast classical mansion in a wonderful parkland setting with specimen oaks, mature Sequoia, Cedars, Scots Pines and Yews. Northwoods continued until 1948 as a privately run hospital and was subsequently bought and developed by a local builder in the 1950's and early 1960s and divided into the six privately owned residences as stand today.

Approached via an impressive sweeping driveway that passes between two entrance lodges, Northwoods House is fully detached but benefits from the security and sense of community afforded by the neighbouring homes. Set in its own private grounds of circa 1.24 acres, the home offers light and beautifully proportioned accommodation with a wealth of original character. With generous but manageable family accommodation, the home offers a welcoming central hallway with well balanced reception rooms to either side. The drawing room is particularly pleasing with wonderful deep, dual aspect windows flooding the room with natural light and with a fireplace and Jetmaster fire providing warmth and a focal point to one end. The dining room is over 22 ft in length and the current owners have created a beautiful, informal and welcoming space in the stylish, well fitted kitchen/breakfast room. A partially glazed east facing porch that is set directly off of the breakfast area captures the morning sun and adjacent to the entrance hall is a dedicated ground floor study incorporating a useful utility area. At lower ground level, there are two superb workshop areas with a further cloakroom and wine store in addition to further unconverted cellarage.

All bedroom accommodation is at first floor level and there is a spacious landing which includes an open plan games room/library. In total there are six bedrooms of which two have en suite bathrooms and there is a third bathroom plus further cloakroom.

Whilst a fine house in its own right, much of the appeal of Northwoods House lies in its truly special grounds. The driveway and garage provides parking for numerous vehicles and a pedestrian gate on the north western corner of the house opens to a truly delightful mature walled garden. This has a series of lawns crossed by colourful, wide flower borders and a pitched and tiled gazebo providing shelter from the elements. A pathway leads to a well maintained heated pool with changing facilities and to one side a superb games area with grass tennis court and croquet lawn. The current owners have managed to incorporate their own golf pitching/bunker practice area.. It is worth noting that this could be a perfect pony paddock if so desired. With further fruit and vegetable areas, a total of three sheds and a greenhouse, the delightful ornamental gardens with added recreation space is certainly a rare find indeed.

Square Footage: 5,577 sq ft
Acreage: 1.24 Acres

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Added on Rightmove:
24 March 2017

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