After entering Clifton Lodge at 37 Upper Belgrave Road – via a Victorian-style, open-fronted porch with a stained glass canopy, you’ll find yourself in a hall with an ornate ceiling arch and elegant carved staircase both ascending to the first floor and descending to the lower ground floor. Choose to stay on the ground floor, and you’ll come across the drawing room – a fine dual aspect principal reception room with charming bay and sash windows with far-reaching city views, a period fireplace with a coal-effect gas fire, cast iron surround, slate hearth and Carrera mantelpiece – plus a separate WC and a utility room.
Then there’s one of our favourite spaces in this property – bright, well-proportioned and loosely divided into a dining area as well as a bespoke kitchen by The Kitchen Man of Clifton Village. The latter features solid oak flooring, pelmet lighting and inset ceiling downlighters, and is fitted with an array of shaker-style units, granite worktops, undermount double sink and appliances including a Falcon range cooker, eye-level microwave/oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and an additional fridge unit. Meanwhile, the dining area lays claim to an ornate cast iron fireplace with slate hearth, and double-glazed double doors opening out onto a balcony that has this year been reconstructed with hardwood flooring and balustrading, and offers plenty of room for your garden furniture.
Head down to the lower ground floor and find a handy wine cellar, plus a bedroom overlooking the rear garden; while if you head up to the first floor, you’ll see a master bedroom with en-suite shower room and sash windows with stained glass. Go up again, to the second floor, and three further bedrooms await, via a part-galleried landing with skylight window. Each has panoramic views taking in various landmarks across the city, and is served by a bathroom with a ‘P’-shaped bath and wall-mounted electric shower with handheld attachment, in addition to a separate WC – we bet that proves useful when it comes to those early morning queues.
Outside, there’s a front garden which is easily maintained, with dwarf stone wall, wrought iron balustrading and steps descending to a lower sunken courtyard where there’s a useful barrelled ceiling storage area. Meanwhile, the back garden enjoys a sunny south-easterly aspect and timber decking – which means its also easy to keep up together if, like us, time is the commodity you have least of – plus there’s a cute garden pond, uplighters, and ample space for barbecuing in the warmer months. Ideal.
Guide price: £1,000,000
Agent: Richard Harding, 124 Whiteladies Road, BS8 2RP