A sensational family home! Full of quirky character, charm and home comforts this house has evolved lovingly over the course of the owners 20 years tenure. Offering an incredibly high specification the house has been tastefully extended and adapted to create a unique and comfortable family-oriented home offering privacy, seclusion and luxurious living in a convenient and historic setting just of Frenchay common.
Riverwood House was originally the home of the Fry family, famous chocolatiers of the 19th Century. The old coach house is discreetly tucked away behind high stone walls with only a hardwood door set into the wall providing an indication of the beautiful house beyond. Built from local stone and set under Slate tiled roofs the original building has been completely transformed with the addition of Green Oak framed extensions to the front and rear significantly enhancing the living space to almost 4000 sq./ft. The aim was to create a most comfortable family home that could be enjoyed by the owners rather than conform to a traditional layout.
A great entertaining house it has at its heart a beautiful handmade kitchen with large island unit and social dining table. Radiating off the kitchen is a snug/playroom, a floor to ceiling glazed formal dining space opening onto the courtyard and via a few steps the large living room positioned in the Oak framed extension on the other side of the house overlooking the main garden. There are four double bedrooms in the main part of the house, the master with en suite facilities and a thoroughly modern family bathroom. The fifth bedroom or guest room has its own en suite and is positioned above the Oak framed double garage at the opposite side of the entrance courtyard. The entrance hall can easily accommodate a baby grand piano, the boot room a lot of family clobber and the wine cellar tucked under the neighbour’s property a temptation to stock.
The gardens are manageable for a busy family. The charm of the courtyard with its paved areas and ornate Box hedge. The family gardens, enclosed and private with BBQ pit/kitchen and resistance training hot tub/pool separated from the house via reasonable sized level lawn. The Double garage has underfloor heating for precious toys and there is additional parking in front of the garage.
This is a house that needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. To understand how it has evolved and the amount of love and attention lavished on it to create this unique and wonderful family home.
Frenchay is a village approximately 5 miles North East of Bristol city centre. It was a popular residence of many wealthy Bristol merchants in the 18th century with many impressive homes dotted around its central common which also boasts the village church, village hall and extremely pleasant village pub The White Lion. WG Grace the famous Victorian cricketer was captain of the village cricket team. With the M32 providing a fast route into the city and M4/M5 motorways within minutes’ drive the hose is ideally positioned for those need to travel easily and efficiently. Parkway station is approximately 5 minutes’ drive with a journey time to London of 1 hr 40 minutes. The local state schools enjoy a good reputation with the independent Colston's school providing well rounded education from nursery right through to to A level.