Our semi-detached Victorian home with modern extension is unusually large, light and airy, with an open plan downstairs consisting of a traditional living room lined with bookshelves, a music room with double sided wood burning stove and piano, a lovely big kitchen and fun, fresh family room packed with toys, puzzles and games.
We moved in last summer, after spending almost a year renovating and remodling, so everything is new. We wanted a house with an 'inside outside' feel, and a good connection to the huge back garden, so we added floor to ceiling glass 'walls' across most of the kitchen and the family room. There's a good-sized fridge freezer, oven and dining table in the kitchen, so feeding the troops should be no problem! Downstairs there is also a handy cloakroom, utility / boot room and garage.
Upstairs, there are 2 double bedrooms (1 ensuite, 1 currently used as a single), 1 single bedroom and a master suite (complete with kingsize pocket-sprung bed!), with dressing room and ensuite bathroom, and on the top floor there is another double bedroom. These bedrooms, together with the double sofa bed in the living room, mean we can accommodate 10 if necessary.
The garden has plenty of space to explore and is a real adventure playground for children, with a wild area at the far end, backing on to fields and woods. We love to spend time outdoors, sitting round the outdoor wood burning stove, cycling our bikes (we have a range of mountain and road bikes that we may well be able to leave), taking our kayak on the canal or river (again, we may be able to leave this) or going for long walks in the beautiful countryside nearby.
The location of our house is quite special. Perched on the edge of National Trust farmland, and with the 'Bath Skyline' walk at the bottom of the garden, the views from the kitchen, the playroom and the upstairs bedrooms are wonderful, and we love to see the sheep, cows and horse in the neighbouring farmer's field.
The canal is within easy reach, for messing about in boats and cycling along the tow bath, as is the village of Combe Down with its deli, country club and small shops, but the city of Bath, with all its fabulous family and cultural attractions, is less than a ten minute drive away (or 45 mins picturesque walk), so it really is the best of both worlds. The University of Bath is also very nearby, with its acclaimed sports centre, and the Bath golf club is just down the road.
Bath is a beautiful Georgian city, renowned for its Georgian and Roman history, its museums, restaurants and theatre, and well connected to London and the rest of the UK - London is just 1.5 hours away by train, for example.