Marianne Swinkels discovers there’s something to see from every window in this glorious property in Dundry
Few folk, it is fair to say, can lie in bed and honestly boast a bird’s eye view of Brunel’s mighty Suspension Bridge. Barely credible you might think, if they don’t even live in the Cliftoney side of our city. What’s more we are talking proper views; not those sneaky, take-a-peek-if-you-can, bend over sideways type glimpses of something vaguely special yet often ramped up in ‘must-see’ marketing spiel. You know the sort of thing: holiday apartment with sea views (if you stand on the loo to peer out of a skylight); a balcony which grants ocean/mountain/countryside et al views, or indeed up-sell anything that might appeal to an ‘if we can just get you here and get away with a big it up description of any teensy slice of view’ then all well and profitably good.
So what if I tell you, hand-on-heart, that you can well and truly savour the sight of that renowned masterpiece of engineering design across that gorgeous gorge not from one window – but a goodly number? Utter piffle and nonsense I hear you retort.
Yet perched high on a hillside plot, this Dundry home on the south of Bristol outskirts offers just that, overlooking as it does a spectacular cityscape that spreads out far and away below the house like some glorious distant urban petticoat.
From the Welsh Hills to the west it’s a vista which pans across Bristol landmarks, suburbs and skylines and yes you can clearly see that famous bridge. Where buildings fade into fields as the heights of Dundry village kick in, you’ll need to do a visual double-take as the scene shifts to an uninterrupted swathe of fields, woods and water. Yes water! There is a rare and oh so very covetable lake-like view over Barrow Gurney reservoir. And we are talking ‘full-on’ again here – not that there aforementioned glimpse. It is this rich countryside meets built environment meets big open sky aspect which forms the first, striking impression of North View, offering as it does an extraordinary panorama from most rooms.
It was this winning combo which stopped the current owners in their tracks several years ago. The lofty two acre plot, the commanding views and the potential to extend what was then much smaller house, fired their imagination. And what a Cinderella of a job they have achieved as they took the plunge to transform and create a contemporary beauty – a handsome three level, super-spec five-six bedroom family home, beautifully engineered to take advantage of this prime setting.
Design priority on this one-off detached house has been focused on creating abundant space, light and access to that spectacular vista. Where else I ask you, can you wash up at the kitchen sink and gaze out at the world beyond? Not, of course, that you’d need to. This open plan bespoke kitchen, with its right on trend peninsula breakfast bar, is superbly kitted out.
Airy dining and living room zones are also incorporated in this classy and contemporary designed space, flanked by a wrap-around decked terrace – one of an array of terraces, balconies, BBQ areas and garden spots offering everything al fresco at its best. The spacious drawing room which, with its size and classy simplicity serves well as a gallery to display the owners original artworks, also does full justice to that scenic backdrop. With this architect designed living space – indeed an entire middle floor opened out and dedicated to sophisticated R&R and entertaining – North View blends minimalism and cosiness with ease.
Here also is split level living at its best: the central social space, an upper level given over to a splendid array of sleeping quarters and en suites – every one of them with dedicated balconies or private terraces – and a lower level dedicated to the sumptuous master bedroom.
Suspension bridge, water, space and light all in striking distance of a top league city. Does it get any better than this? It does. Just slide open those glazed bedroom doors, step outside onto the private terrace beyond, head for the Mediterranean style garden/BBQ area, sit in the hot tub with a glass of fizz in hand and raise a toast to it all.
Promise you’ll invite me to join you when you’ve bought so I can watch the swifts, hot air balloons and city firework displays fly, float and whizz by. You’ll be seeing quite a lot of me then…
Where: North View, Dundry Lane, BS41
What: Detached 5–6 bed contemporary family home in private and rural setting and close proximity to Bristol city centre. Extensive lateral accommodation over three floors, terraces and balconies overlooking two acres grounds and panoramic city/country views.
Guide price: £1,300,000 Agent: Knight Frank (Bristol office), www.knightfrank.com
Contact: E: email@example.com, t: 0117 317 1999