We take a peek behind the doors of a Victorian family home in Redland that offers contemporary living and period charm over three floors, with plenty of space for a guest suite, walk-in dressing room and cinema room too.
For a large family of not-so little children, it can be hard to find a house with enough space in which you can all live together in perfect harmony, but also with sociable areas where you can come together and share good times.
But this charming Victorian property in the heart of Redland seems to hit the nail on the head. It’s the sort of house where you can have kids charging around, yet there will still be a quiet and peaceful area you can escape to.
The first thing you’ll notice is the abundance of light flooding through bay windows into the bright and spacious rooms – of which there are many.
Set over three floors, this house offers a contemporary family living space finished to a very high standard with modern fittings, yet it still retains oodles of character and charm. The rooms boast wonderfully high ceilings and original period features including ornate cornicing and elegant ceiling roses – a simple reminder of the age and history of the building in a time of rapid modernisation.
On the ground floor you’ll find the hub of the house in the way of a smartly-finished kitchen with walnut units, granite worktops, breakfast bar and steps leading to the dining room – a perfect space for entertaining. Don’t be put off by the stone flooring, as the underfloor heating ensures cosy toes in the cold months. And in the summer, you can make use of the large doors which lead from the dining room out onto wooden decking, the ideal space for a spot of al-fresco wining and dining.
Also on the ground floor is the sitting room and its striking focal point – a marble fireplace with a cast iron inset and slate hearth. A perfectly situated room for relaxing and contemplating the world go by outside the bay windows. This is just one of three reception rooms in the house; the other two are currently being used as a study and a cinema room, which is found on the lower ground floor. To get to this you can enter internally via the main entrance down a short staircase or externally, allowing independent access. Which is why you’ll also find a guest suite down here too, with a bedroom and shower room.
The other five bedrooms, as well as a family bathroom, are located on the first floor, one of which has an en-suite and another is ideal for use as a sumptuous walk-in dressing room á la Sex and The City’s Carrie Bradshaw.
Outside, there’s a spacious walled garden big enough to kick a football about, and a raised deck with handy storage underneath.
It appears that this house holds the recipe to keeping the whole family happy. I’m sure it won’t be around for long.
Where: Kenilworth Road, Redland
What: Victorian semi-detached 5/6 bedroom house with walled rear garden
Guide price: £975,000
Agent: Richard Harding, 124 Whiteladies Road
Contact: 0117 946 6690