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.