A Durdham diamond

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Don't miss this once-in-a-generation chance to snap up one of Redland's finest homes, writes Rebecca Paddick

Originally dating back to the 1820s, this exquisite six-double bedroom detached period house enjoys an abundance of original character and features. 

Highlighting its rich history and heritage, in the 1950s Durdham Lodge was used by Phyllis Smale, a popular radio actor, as a dance and drama school, whose most renowned pupil was Deborah Kerr of The King and I fame. 

Situated in a leafy setting beside the highly desirable Durdham Downs, acres of green open space are on the doorstep of this well-located property. It is also highly convenient for the local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of Blackboy Hill, Coldharbour Road and North View/Waitrose supermarket.

Excellent schools are also nearby, including Westbury Park Primary and Redland Green Secondary School, as are bus connections to all central areas and Temple Meads train station. 

On the approach to the property, visitors are greeted by an ornate gate leading into the gardens, where a central paved pathway is framed by rose bushes. Through the front door, into a central reception hallway and to the right, sits an elegant drawing room with dual-aspect floor-to-ceiling-windows opening directly onto the gardens. This room features high ceilings, original cornicing, a beautiful ceiling rose and picture rail, a period-style fireplace with an inset coal-effect gas fire, and three sets of magnificent large windows with working wooden shutters, opening to provide access directly onto the gardens. 

A country-style family kitchen/breakfast room is to the rear, complete with an Aga set within the chimney recess, plumbing and appliance space for an American-style fridge-freezer and dishwasher, so you can enjoy all the qualities of a country-style kitchen but with all the popular mod-cons. 

A dining room, two reception rooms, a home office, utility room, cloakroom/WC and laundry room, are also all on the ground floor. 

Upstairs you’ll be impressed by the stunning principal bedroom, with magnificent sets of floor-to-ceiling double-glazed timber-framed windows with working wooden shutters, offering an extraordinary outlook over the gardens towards Durdham Downs.

The second bedroom features a beautiful ornate stone lattice window, and there are four further double bedrooms, a stylish principal bathroom and two further shower rooms on this floor.

The large, level gardens wrap around the front and side of the property with a surprisingly generous and private lawned section. A gated driveway separates the front and side gardens and leads up to a generous courtyard, which can provide ample off-street parking or be used as garden space. A detached garage completes this stunning property.  

With its fascinating history and undeniable glamour, Durdham Lodge is well within contention to be one of Redland’s finest properties. 

AGENT: Richard Harding, 0117 946 6690, www.richardharding.co.uk 

This property has been sold subject to contract. 

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