THE first of several high-end new and restored properties at historic Bracken Hill has been released for sale by Devonshire Homes. The house is one of six large, detached properties that make up Overton Court, the first phase of the development of the former Botanical Gardens and its historic buildings in Leigh Woods.
Accommodation includes an open-plan living and dining area, comprehensive kitchen, separate media room, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a double garage, garden and private woodland.
The site is named after Henry Overton, whose grandson Walter Melville Mills commissioned the main property on the estate, Bracken Hill House, in 1886.
Meanwhile, the Victorian pleasure gardens include rock gardens designed by the Pulmans, whose work includes the royal residences of Sandringham and Buckingham Palace.
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In 1947, the site was donated to the University of Bristol and, while the buildings were used for residential purposes, the gardens became the University Botanic Gardens.
To maintain the grounds, Devonshire Homes retained the services of Robert Webber, previously head garden for the university, who has been involved with the upkeep since 1992.
Residents of Overton Court, which is expected to be completed in the autumn, will be able to enjoy the fruits of Robert's labour as well as enjoy the private Leigh Woods.
Alongside the new homes is a project to restore Coach House Mews into three houses arranged around a courtyard.
These unique three-bedroom homes, which should be ready next spring, will have access to a private garden which includes an original lily pond.
Going forward, February 2013 should see the completion of Mulberry House and Rowan House, two new, four-bedroom homes set in a private walled garden, with direct access to the Bracken Hill woodland.
The last building to be finished (next summer) will be the existing Lodge House, which will be extended and have four bedrooms.