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plasterwork and carved marble fireplaces come as standard. Adding a touch of Downton grandeur, the roll


call of reception areas includes a billiards room, though a whole range of other uses springs to mind for those who have no wish to wield a cue – home office? Family room? – while at the back of the house a warren of utility rooms, larders and workshops are a legacy of an earlier era when the house must have swarmed with a scurry of maids and butlers. Three large bedrooms sprawl in a leisurely


fashion across the first floor. There’s absolutely no question over which is the master room; not only is it 22ft, with a luxurious en-suite bathroom featuring a free-standing bath, his’n’her basins and a walk-in shower, but it is the only room with access to Deerhurst Priory’s most beguiling feature – the ornate oriel that


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adds so much charm to the front of the house. A major bonus for the family coffers comes


in the form of a completely self-contained two-bedroomed apartment, which has been successfully rented out on an assured shorthold tenancy since the late 1990s; in the unlikely event that you find the main house’s room tally insufficient for the needs of your growing family, you could reclaim this floor for your own use. The extensive cellars, too, could be converted to a variety of uses, subject to the necessary consents. So with the location and the house accounted


for, what of the gardens? They are, in fact, a notable part of Deerhurst’s appeal, being around 0.73 acres, sunny and softly landscaped, with an ornamental pond, castellated wall, fine specimen trees and a herb garden – a cool, green oasis in the heart of the city. CL


The house has been brought up-to-date without losing an iota of its period charm – this hallway,


with light pouring through its stained-glass panels is particularly alluring – while the mature gardens are the perfect match for the building


Opposite page: there’s a satisfying roll-call of fireplaces – there’s even one in the kitchen


Deerhurst Priory Grade-II family home


Guide price: £2.85 million 7


3 5


Double bedrooms


Reception rooms + study, utility room and workrooms


Bath/shower rooms


Self-contained lower-ground-floor apartment; gardens of 0.73 acres; close to Clifton Downs


Contact Knight Frank, 0117 317 1999; knightfrank.co.uk Richard Harding, 0117 946 6690; richardharding.co.uk


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