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Bristol Post - - HOMES AND LIVING - Elise BRIT­TEN elise.brit­ten@reach­plc.com

For sale: The Round House is a de­light­ful and cosy small prop­erty near Bris­tol

We may have found the small­est de­tached prop­erty in Eng­land, and it’s adorable. The teeny floor plan of this one-up, one-down reaches the heady heights of 286 square feet – rivalling any city cen­tre mi­cro apart­ment.

How­ever they say size isn’t ev­ery­thing – and it’s cer­tainly true in the case of this well-known land­mark near Bris­tol.

What The Round House in Stan­ton Drew, in the Chew Val­ley, doesn’t have in size, it makes up for in char­ac­ter.

Built in 1793, this thatched, hexag­o­nal home was ini­tially a toll house, col­lect­ing fees from those head­ing west to­wards the coast.

It is said a money pouch used to hang on a hook over the front door and coach driv­ers would drop their fares into the pouch as they passed freely along the road.

But by 1870, The Round House was al­ready a res­i­den­tial dwelling. Lo­cals say a fam­ily of eight once lived within its small con­fines, with bunk beds built amid the roof rafters.

The ex­posed beams re­main to­day – but it still takes some imag­i­na­tion to see it ac­com­mo­dated eight peo­ple. It would cer­tainly have been cosy.

The hexag­o­nal in­ter­nal ac­com­mo­da­tion of the Round House in­cludes an open plan kitchen and liv­ing area (no doubt by ne­ces­sity!) as well a modern shower room on the ground floor.

A nar­row twist­ing stair­case leads to a dou­ble bed­room which has a vaulted ceil­ing with ex­posed beams, and en­joys a lovely coun­try­side as­pect. Chapel shaped win­dows with shut­ters, an arched en­trance door and an out-of-ser­vice post box all add to the charm of this prop­erty.

While liv­ing in­side the house may not be for the claus­tro­pho­bic – step out­side and you have all the space you could want. OK, so the ac­tual plot of land is ef­fec­tively a patch of grass be­tween roads.

But lit­er­ally on the doorstep is the open un­spoilt coun­try­side at the heart of the Chew Val­ley.

The Round House fits well within Stan­ton Drew, which also has a range of listed build­ings dat­ing from the 13th to 15th cen­turies.

Sit­ting less than eight miles from Bris­tol city cen­tre, pur­chas­ing this minia­ture home which is on the mar­ket for £140,000, may be more prac­ti­cal than it ini­tially ap­pears.

Stan­ton Drew has a pri­mary school, pub, church and vil­lage hall. It is within a com­fort­able com­mute of Bris­tol or Bath, while a school bus runs to the pop­u­lar Chew Val­ley Sec­ondary School.

But all prac­ti­cal­i­ties aside – how cool it would be to be the next cus­to­dian of such a won­der­ful bite-sized piece of lo­cal his­tory.

“What an op­por­tu­nity!” Deb­bie For­tune Es­tate Agents said.

“Whether you are look­ing for a hol­i­day cot­tage, rental op­por­tu­nity or even to sim­ply ac­quire an in­te­gral piece of lo­cal his­tory then look no fur­ther!”

In­ter­ested par­ties can con­tact Deb­bie For­tune on 01275 333888.

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