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Wealth, grandeur, luxury and power.These are the words that would come to anyone’s mind at the sight of the Burwalls House. Its privileged location with incredible views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon George along with its enormous 12,500sq ft make from this historic luxurious mansion everyone’s dream home. But red brick frontage of the ‘Jacobethan’-style Burwalls House is destined to be owned by the wealthy ones who could maybe afford to own and do justice to this incredible mansion.
Built in the 19th century by a newspaper magnate and surrounded by 4.8 acres with beautiful landscape design, this big mansion was estimated in 2012 at the “small” price of £5million. And although at a first sight this amount might seem gigantic, if you look closer and think of the rich history this house has to offer and the incredible scenery that it is surrounded by, you may come to the conclusion that the price might be a bargain.
The potential of the property was considered also from the point of view of turning a part of the estate into private luxury apartments which,with such a view, would definitely sell and sell quite profitably.
Paddy Sykes,property consultant said: ‘This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a landmark building which is both close to Bristol yet set in its own private, extensive grounds.Its impressive red brick frontage will be instantly recognizable to anyone who regularly goes across the Clifton Suspension Bridge.’
After its first owner passed away,the Burwalls mansion became the home of a tobacco-producing family and afterwards, during the Second World War, a war office and then finally was bought by the Bristol University and transformed into a conference center.
Bristol University director of marketing David Alder said: ‘We are fortunate at the university to have a large portfolio of characterful and historic buildings, as well as cutting-edge modern ones – each serves a purpose.
‘While Burwalls has long been associated with the university, given its distance from the main part of the university and the opportunity it presents to purchasers, it is sensible to put it on the market in order to realize the capital which can be reinvested back into core university activities.’
Nowadays we do not know exactly if this beautiful mansion and its surroundings have been bought but we do hope that its current owner will cherish its history and appreciate it at its right value.