This handsome Henleaze property is a picture of airy serenity
An enduringly desirable suburb on a leafy fringe of the city centre, Henleaze was developed in the 1920s to offer quietude-seeking Bristolians room to breathe. Almost a century later, it continues to play the role to perfection, as evidenced by this strikingly refurbished family home, where mature hedgerow and a double frontage handsomely screen almost 2,500 sq ft of unwinding space, spread across three floors.
The front garden and patio walkway lead up to a front door through which lies a roomy entrance hall, replete with original oak flooring and wood-panelled walls. To the left you’ll find a splendidly airy open-plan kitchen/diner, recently given a thoroughly modern makeover by bespoke Bristol-based kitchen designers, Morley Grove. Beneath an elegant Moon extractor stands a kitchen island and induction hob, flanked by a Siemens self-cleaning oven, microwave, in-built larder, gas fireplace with marble surround, and copious dining area.
Across the hallway, and warmed by a stone-surrounded gas fireplace, the main living room sees oak flooring leading the eye to French windows and the delightful balcony beyond, from which the view sweeps across neighbouring rooftops towards far-flung woodland. In a house majoring on bay windows, on a road named Hill View, you’ll be unsurprised to learn that it’s far from the only spot from which to regard rolling vistas.
Take the master bedroom, for example, where wooden shutters act as stately gatekeepers to yonder panorama. Assuming you’re in a position to win the compliance of more junior members of the household, you may also care to take advantage of the room’s original servant’s bell. There’s plenty of room for seating and storage on the open landing area, off which lie two more wood-floored bedrooms and a family bathroom containing the latest in white suites and, if you’re not pushing your luck, another servant’s bell.
You’ll find another WC just off the main stairway and a third on the ground floor. Not just a handy spot in which to tuck away a utility room, further work surfaces and sizeable garage, this lower level offers serious living space in its own right: to the front, a fourth bedroom, filled with natural light and boasting a large, contemporary en suite shower cubicle; to the rear, a large family room opening out onto a raised decking area, lawn, flower borders and, of course, more wonderful views.
Be assured that, in Henleaze, the sense of serenity extends beyond the front door. As well as fishmonger, butcher and organic traders aplenty, local high-street amenities include the Orpheus, a genuinely friendly community cinema serving up discerningly programmed film screenings alongside a nice cup of tea. You’re also within easy walking distance of one of Bristol’s best-kept secrets, Henleaze Lake; fed by spring water, this haven of solitude is encircled by lawns and wooded bank, and offers refuge to kingfishers, wildflowers, and the centenary-celebrating Henleaze Swimming Club.
Maggs & Allen, 0117 949 9000, www.maggsandallen.co.uk