For anybody who cherishes a laidback life, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, go to Henleaze.
This area, situated in north Bristol, is extremely popular with all professionals from young solicitors to retired doctors, as it offers close proximity to the city and Bristol Temple Meads. Yet it also provides a natural environment in which to relax. Henleaze also has the best properties for young families looking to situate themselves conveniently for the local schools. The area around Westbury Park, in particular, is popular as Westbury Park Primary school is nearby
The accommodation in Henleaze has an impressive choice of 1930s semi-detached houses. Most of the homes have large gardens, perfect for play, sports and entertainment. However, the local vicinity also comes with plenty of leisure opportunities, with some spectacular parks and areas of natural beauty in the surrounding area. Henleaze Lake is a glorious spot in which to enjoy some wildlife and even go for a dip in warmer weather. For those who prefer less adventurous activities, there is also a swimming pool. The public parks in and around Henleaze include Quarry Park, Fallodon Park, Canford Park and Redland Green. The Durdham Downs are also nearby and perfect for spending time relaxing with family and friends or going for a jog.
The area is situated less than three miles from Bristol city centre, and is very well-serviced by regular buses to the centre and other local areas. It is also convenient for the M4, as well as several small rail stations all around including Clifton Down, Redland, Stoke Bishop, Shirehampton and Montpellier.
Henleaze has a tight community spirit and many residents unite to make their local environment as pleasant as possible. The Henleaze Society organises local activities and events from a Christmas Fayre to their very own ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’.
The history books date Henleaze back to the 17th century when Robert Henley, a member of parliament, bought a house in the region, the land around which was expanded into Henleaze Park. The area remained a part of Westbury on Trym for a long time, but by the early 20th century was further developed providing the houses that we see today.
There is some interesting architecture in Henleaze. Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church was designed by Frank Wills, who is renowned for many churches in Bristol. A distinctive thatched cottage on Henleaze Road, today a private house, was once the gatekeeper’s lodge of the former Claremont house, which is now a special needs school.