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Iconic Bristol Landmark by Clifton Suspension Bridge up for sale

Burwalls House in Leigh Woods set to go on the market

Bristol, 16th March 2012 – One of Bristol’s landmark buildings is being offered for sale. Burwalls House is located a stone’s throw from Clifton Suspension Bridge and its striking red brick façade and landscaped gardens look directly over the Avon Gorge.

Built in 1872 by the owner of the Bristol Times, it was then sold to the Wills family and in 1942 was bought by the University of Bristol which has been using it as a conference centre in recent years.

Situated within the Leigh Woods Conservation Area, it comprises the main house (12,500 sq ft) together with a separate annexe building and a lodge set in mature landscaped grounds with a total site area of 1.975 hectares (4.88 acres).

The Grade 2 listed building is historically significant because it retains its original ‘Jacobethan’ exterior and some of the original interior making it of special interest as a listed building. 

Property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle have worked closely with North Somerset Council and the Leigh Woods Society to develop guidelines for the development of the site to ensure any changes are sensitive to its historic status whilst being economically viable.

The main house could be retained as a single dwelling or sympathetically converted into spacious apartments.  The site includes an area around the annexe to the south of the site that could be appropriate for development.

Paddy Sykes, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s residential team in Bristol says: “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 recognisable to anyone who regularly goes across the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

“We expect it to be of interest to any specialist developer that has experience of this type of architecturally sensitive development or perhaps a single owner looking for a spectacular home who could then develop the southern end of the site.”

Kevin Hunt from Jones Lang LaSalle’s planning team in Bristol said: “We have liaised carefully with North Somerset Council and the Leigh Woods Society to develop guidelines to ensure that any development will be sensitive to the surrounding landscape whilst recognising that getting the buildings occupied will help protect its long-term future. We are confident that the site can achieve the right balance between historical preservation and sympathetic development.”

The property will be brought to market at the end of April. In the meantime, interested buyers can register their interest by contacting Jones Lang LaSalle’s residential team on 0117 928 1640 or e-mail