As part of a new monthly feature focussing on a property that we’d love to own if we won the jackpot, we take a peek behind the doors of a period farmhouse that has oodles of space dedicated to fun-filled family time.
Owned by the same family for the last 25 years, you can tell that this period farmhouse has been a much-loved home where fun-filled memories have been made, considering that most of the space has been given to celebrating large family occasions and general entertaining.
The detached, stone-built Fieldgrove Farmhouse and its barns, outbuildings, secluded gardens and 10-acre paddock, are set at the end of a quiet lane in the countryside location of Bitton. But one can only imagine that quiet does not describe the atmosphere you’d find in a home like this.
Perfect for a large family who enjoy socialising, there’s a wealth of accommodation and space to play, whatever your age. There are four double bedrooms, including two en-suites, as well as a charming attic room, which over the years has been used for sleepovers, teenage dens and playrooms. But perhaps one of the best selling points of this house is the fabulous ‘party barn’ in one of the converted outbuildings, boasting a games room fitted with a corner bar unit and a spacious mezzanine level at each end – currently used as a spare guest room and a family office. This is the place for a fine family knees-up to rival any of Gatsby’s shindigs; for the barn has French doors which give access to a heated indoor pool and raised spa pool and more triple French doors opening out to the rear garden and a hot tub. At the front of the house the private lawn is surrounded by mature trees and flower borders, and has a vine-covered gazebo with seating and a barbecue area. There’s no doubt that this impressive space has been designed to entertain and enjoy all year round.
The current owners bought the property in 1990, having been attracted by the idyllic, quiet situation, the lovely old buildings and land, and the potential they offered. Over the 25 years they have re-roofed the house, installed double-glazed windows and have sympathetically modernised the house internally, in particular opening up and refurbishing the former L-shaped and flat roofed kitchen to provide a large dining kitchen with a Victorian-style lantern at the heart of the house.
There are endless good times to be had here. A country house estate for modern family living.
Where: Fieldgrove Farmhouse, Bitton
What: Period family farmhouse with 10 acre paddock, attached indoor swimming pool and outbuildings
Guide price: £1,750,000
Agent: Fine & Country Bristol, 147 Whiteladies Road
Contact: 0117 973 308