The high life

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High Elms is a detached 1930s home that offers characterful accommodation for a growing family, writes Sammy Milton

There are few areas more desirable in Bristol than that of Stoke Bishop. Located just past the rolling expanse of the Downs, this exclusive suburb is home to some of the finest houses the city has to offer.
High Elms, situated on Stoke Park Road, is no exception – boasting four double bedrooms, three reception rooms and planning permission granted for a two-storey side extension, it’s a promising prospect for the right buyer.

Set far back from the road by an attractive newly paved driveway with feature pillars, there’s space to park several vehicles, as well as beautiful gardens to the front and side.

The front door opens into a warm and welcoming entrance hall, with the reception rooms spread out in front of you. To the right, a large drawing room – opulent and splendid, it features a lovely bay window to the front, plus a window to the side, flooding the room in natural light. A perfect entertaining venue, there’s a striking period fireplace with a gas fire, and whilst the decoration could use some updating, it’s a prime opportunity for a new buyer to make their mark.

Located just behind this space is the dining room. Another exceptional entertaining space, it is bright and airy, with windows to the rear and a door to the side, accessing the sunny rear patio. There is a brick-paved fireplace, and the addition of a large table and chairs and a comfortable sofa would make this the perfect place to wine and dine with friends.

To the other side of the ground floor is a study to the front, which would be perfect used as a home office, or as a third reception room, if so desired, and the kitchen/breakfast room.

Spanning a large proportion of this floor, the kitchen/breakfast room is laid out in a wonderfully sociable fashion. The kitchen is situated to the rear of the space, with white wall and base units with wooden worktops over, and integrated features such as an oven, hob and an extractor fan. The other half of the room would easily fit a large table and chairs, and with access to the rear garden via a door, this space is ideal for chatty family breakfasts and more formal meals. This room further benefits from access to a pantry.

A cloakroom completes the ground floor accommodation.

All four of the bedrooms can be found on the first floor, accessed via a good-sized landing. The master is to the front, and features a lovely bay window that welcomes in natural light, overlooking the front and side gardens. The second bedroom, located just behind, is just as big, and comes with the added benefit of a garden view and a number of built-in wardrobes.

Bedrooms three and four are slightly smaller, perfect for children, and the aforementioned granted planning permission means that the attic could be completely transformed. A family bathroom and a shower room completes the internal accommodation.

The gardens to the rear and side are vast, and are mostly laid to lawn – making them ideal for summer ball games for children. A large rear patio also provides the perfect place for summer drinks and al fresco dining, and the mature shrubs, trees and borders give added colour and privacy.

High Elms is ideally located, being just a short drive from the shops at Druid Hill and Clifton Village, with its independent shops, boutiques and restaurants. The Downs are a mere five-minute walk away, offering panoramic views over the Avon Gorge and lovely weekend strolls, whilst the city centre is easily reached via bus or car.

Agent: Leese & Nagle, 0117 962 2299,

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