Bristol is well established as one of the best places to live in the UK, and has become a top destination for Londoners looking to move out of the capital. With a lively social, foodie and cultural scenes, acres of green space and a beautiful harbour, Bristol offers something for everyone. (Read our Fast Track Guide to Becoming a Local in Bristol here.)
It also has its fair share of stunning properties. And even if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to any of these six, well – at least you can dream…
1. Grade II listed home complete with a Wig Room
Situated just outside Bristol in the village of Olveston is this extremely characterful Grade II listed, 16th century house. It has six bedrooms, an oak panelled entrance hall, a drawing room, a Georgian library and even a 17th century Wig Room, where a servant would have powdered gentlemen’s wigs.
The Green – a historically important residence – also has its own ornamental gardens and a magnificent Grade II listed Cider Barn and Coach House. A snip at £1.45 million.
2. A thoroughly modern Montpelier house
Situated in the trendy central area od Montpelier, this is an eco-efficient townhouse built to a high spec in 2016 by Elkins Architects.
The structure is formed from an elegantly simple combination of horizontal oak cladding and lots of glass, offering fine views over the city. There’s lots of natural light, open-plan living, a log burner, a double-garage and wine cellar. Urban living doesn’t get any cooler.
3. The ultimate property for someone who works from home
This is a gorgeous 4-bedroom barn conversion with exposed stonework, ceiling beams and a solid oak staircase. But it also has a milking parlour converted into a vast commercial space and a modern home office with bi-folding doors opening onto views across the countryside.
It has 2.5 acres of land, a long gravel driveway flanked by fruit trees, a large paddock, a stream and hard standing for two or more boats. Oh and despite being in the little village of Hallen, it’s a short drive from the Cribbs Causeway shopping complex and Clifton.
4. The ultimate party barn
Situated in Bitton, which is handy for both Bristol and Bath, this is a fantastic 5-bed family farmhouse with an array of useful outbuildings and some 10 acres of land including a paddock and small copse.
The ‘party barn’ is amazing. Fitted with a corner bar unit it has a double height pitched roof and exposed beams ‐ and a fabulous mezzanine level at each end. French doors throw open to the inner courtyard garden, and internally it gives access to the swimming pool complex ‐ complete with heated indoor pool, and a raised spa pool. Perfect for entertaining.
5. City centre apartment…with a ballroom
It’s a flat in Bedminster, near the city centre – but not as you’d expect. This is a three bedroom, two bathroom, penthouse apartment with its own roof terrace.
What’s more, it’s located in the stunning Grade II listed Long Fox Manor, whose residents have access to 10 acres of communal gardens, a tennis court, a sauna and spa, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a fully equipped gym, a ballroom, a bar with a lounge, and a converted chapel fitted with cinema equipment.
6. Live like a Georgian aristocrat
If you don’t fancy sharing your Grade II listed mansion, then Harptree Court could be the property you’ve been waiting for.
This is a magnificent Georgian country house in the Classical style with nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms, drawing room, dining room, billiards room, morning room, kitchen, sitting room and entrance hall, stables and a self-contained luxury treehouse too. Set in the beautiful Chew Valley, the 51-acre grounds include a large walled garden, spring-fed lakes, tennis court, parkland fields and woodland.
It’s been in the same family for nearly 100 years, but it can be yours for less than the cost of a flat in Mayfair.
Cost: offers in region of £5m.