Old warehouse is now a stylish waterside home
THE Victorians were all about show. Even industrial buildings constructed during this period were things of great beauty and some of them survive today around Bristol's old docks, having been given a new lease of life in the 21st century as much-in-demand homes.
Such splendid fusion of history, style and individuality comes at a price, however, especially when overlooking the floating harbour and placed within easy walking distance of all that the city centre can offer.
Such is the case here – a former warehouse built for John Robinson's Oil Seed Manufactory in the distinctive Bristol Byzantine style by architect W. G Gingell in 1874/5, using red and yellow bricks.
It is arranged upside-down style, with the sleeping quarters on the ground floor and the living and cooking space above; that extra height all the better for appreciating the water-side view.
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Though there are just three bedrooms, each is double-sized and two have en suites in addition to the main shower room. All the sanitary ware is white and the decor throughout is pale, with mainly beige carpets, or wood or vinyl floors, giving a bright, spacious and contemporary impression.
There is no passing traffic and the principle rooms, with their characteristic arched windows, overlook Bathurst Basin marina.
The front door is reached from the smart, block-paved pedestrianised area beside the marina and, though you won't necessarily need a car if choosing to live here, a large garage and an additional off-road parking space provides a choice without compromise.
But it's not just the view and the Moorish-influenced architecture which are impressive here: there are many quirky and original features throughout the property, including high ceilings, solid wood flooring and frosted etched glass windows in the Byzantine style.
Interest begins straight away in the wide entrance hall, where above the solid wood front door is a shuttered and arched window.
Underfoot is cherry wood flooring, which continues up the stairs and on to the landing, where frosted glass panels with an etched Byzantine design provide extra light – and a great view – into the combined kitchen and dining room.
To the right of the entrance hall and at the front of the building is the master bedroom, where the en suite include's the house's only bath. The master room overlooks the marina, while the other two bedrooms are at the rear, with the garage beyond.
Upstairs, by far the largest room is the huge lounge, measuring a little more than nine metres (or 30ft in old money) and well lit by arched windows and French doors.
Off the landing is a cloakroom and utility room, where the washing machine and tumble dryer are to remain, courtesy of the vendor.
The kitchen/breakfast room takes up the centre of this floor and is fitted with a range of off-white cabinets with black granite work surfaces, and a fitted dishwasher and a range cooker with gas hob. There is plenty of space for a long dining table, with room to seat a dozen people, so entertaining space is not at a premium, especially when you consider the size of the aforementioned lounge and the fact that there is a further reception room off the kitchen. Party on!
The rear reception room has pale, wood-effect laminate flooring and the space is dominated by an enormous wide arched window with French doors and window seats. A slightly smaller, similarly shaped window takes up another wall, and each expanse of glass affords fine views.
One can only image what the view was like when the grain store was first built in the 19th century. The area went into decline when docks trade fell, but this old warehouse thankfully survived. In the early 1980s, when new houses were built in the Bathurst Basin area, it was converted to a squash club and after that closed, it was converted again – 18 years ago – into its current configuration.