Make the most of Clifton’s boutiques and gorge-side views
Address Sion Hill, Clifton | Guide price £1,225,000 | Agent Goodman & Lilley, www.goodmanlilley.co.uk, 0117 2130777
Make this Georgian townhouse your home and you’ll fall in love with the Clifton area with its open green spaces and independent spirit.
Clifton was recorded in the Domesday Book as Clistone, the word meaning a ‘hillside settlement’ and referring to its position on a steep hill – a hill that shows off Clifton’s elegant Georgian buildings to the rest of the city. It’s one of the oldest and most affluent areas of the city and was once an entirely separate settlement. Famous previous residents include victorian architect Charles Hansom, actor Peter O’Toole and playwright Tom Stoppard.
Enter the property on the ground floor and you walk into the open-plan kitchen-dining space where beautiful hardwood flooring and white-painted units make for a classic feel. It’s perfect for hosting – the many granite worktop surfaces make food preparation a breeze and there’s room for dining as well as lounging.
Follow the stairs up to the first floor and you’ll find a fabulous drawing room with high ceilings and a traditional fireplace. Huge sash windows offer views directly overlooking the Avon gorge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Leigh Woods beyond.
On the second floor is the double guest bedroom again with fabulous views, as well as fitted shelving and a sizeable modern bathroom with walk-in shower. From here, stairs lead up to a half landing and split-level third floor with sash window, shutters, fitted wardrobes and plenty of room for a king-sized bed.
The master bedroom suite is on the third floor – a small set of stairs leads to the roomy, light-filled en suite with freestanding bath, walk-in shower and granite-topped basin unit. Built into the original roof space, this stunning open-plan room has high ceilings, a skylight, and a floor-to-ceiling sash window.
Bristol city centre is under two miles away from Sion Hill – just over 30 minutes on foot, or a quick 10-minute cycle. The M32 link to the M4 and M5 motorways is also easily reachable from the property, making travel in and out of Bristol straightforward. Regular bus services run straight through Clifton Village and also along the Hotwells Road, providing links to the centre and Temple Meads station.
Excellent schools are nearby, such as Clifton College, Clifton High School, Ss Peter and Paul RC Primary School, Christchurch Primary and Bristol Cathedral Choir School.
In Clifton you’re never far from an independent restaurant or cafe, or multiple small pubs that are regularly packed out with locals and live music acts every night of the week.
Just five minutes’ walk up the hill from the house is Clifton Observatory, one of the highest points of Bristol where stunning vistas and city views stretch out for miles into the distance.
Across the Suspension Bridge is the fabulous Ashton Court Estate whose grounds cover 850 of woods and open grassland including two pitch-and-putt golf courses, a disc golf course, an orienteering course and horse riding and mountain bike trails.