- Ten-room Georgian townhouse is perfect vantage point to take in Bristol
- It is within walking distance of city’s landmark, Clifton Suspension Bridge
- Palatial rooms in the superbly designed townhouse come with a copper bathtub, a retro Roberts radio and the most luxurious velvet sleigh bed
- Rooms offer sweeping views of the Downs – an expanse of parkland – on one side and multi-coloured houses stretching out over city on the other
I love Bristol.
Having studied as a student in the motherland of cider, Banksy and DubStep, I feel an emotional tug every time I return to the old haunts (while pretending I am now a responsible adult).
With that new-found maturity in mind, I decided to check in to the elegant Georgian townhouse located in the city’s upmarket area of Clifton, simply named ‘Number Thirty Eight’.
Rooms exude luxury and come with a Union Jack Roberts radio and the most comfortable velvet sleigh bed
The West Loft Suite also comes with a deep copper bathtub in the corner and stunning views of the city
Our room afforded spectacular views of the Downs (pictured) on one side and the rest of the city on the other
At the other side of the room, guests can gaze out onto the city’s multi-coloured houses that stretch out to the city and beyond
The interior of the 38 is lovingly decorated with a mix of antiques, contemporary features and bespoke fittings
Overlooking the Downs and situated at the top of Whiteladies Road, the ten-room townhouse is neatly tucked away on a residential road while remaining at the heart of the vibrant city.
It is perfectly positioned to explore Bristol; it is within walking distance of Clifton village, packed with atmospheric coffee houses, bars, independent shops, trendy hipsters and Green Party leaflets in the windows.
It also boasts breathtaking views of the city’s iconic landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was incidentally where the world’s first bungee jump took place in 1979.
Number 38 is also a short stroll from the student-populated Redland, Cotham, Park Street (where you can spot a Banksy at the end of the road) and the impressive Wills Memorial Building.
Breakfast is held in the two reception rooms (pictured) on the ground floor of the beautifully furnished house
There is a spacious patio area at the back of the luxurious townhouse that overlooks the city
There is a vast breakfast menu to choose from, including Eggs Benedict and crispy bacon with avocado
In the middle of the reception room where breakfast is served, lies a bowl of fresh fruit, juices and croissants
Within the opulent townhouse – perched on one of hilly city’s highest points – each of the ten rooms have their own unique twist.
My girlfriend and I were staying in the West Loft Suite, which was at the top of the five-floor Georgian home.
The palatial room afforded sweeping views of the Downs on one side and the multi-colourful houses stretching out over the city on the other. Our stunning room – the sort you wished you could move into permanently – was also fitted with a copper bathtub (with potions provided), a retro Roberts radio and the most luxurious velvet sleigh bed.
The rooms are expertly designed to give maximum space, with the toilets, shower and cupboards hidden behind panelled doors. The floor, like all the public areas, is covered in smart sisal matting.
The townhouse opened five years ago and is owned by Adam (a fellow Bristol alumnus) and Michael Dorrien Smith.
Their parents, Robert and Lucy, own the idyllic island of Tresco on the Isles of Scilly and the townhouse has taken on many features common to the rental cottages on the island.
The rooms are well-lit, spacious, lovingly decorated and exude luxury and there’s even a ‘Tresco Times’ on display for those tempted by a summer getaway.
Within the guest house itself, there are many personal touches dotted around including a bespoke Tom Leaper sculpture on the staircase and an original David Hockney painting in the downstairs bathroom.
The Number Thirty Eight is a 20 minute stroll from Bristol’s iconic landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Village, Redland and Cotham are also within walking distance of the superbly designed Number 38
Breakfast is served in one of the two cosy reception rooms and there is a generous menu to choose from, ranging from a hearty English breakfast to crispy bacon and avocado toasts.
A plate of enticing fresh fruit and juices sit in the middle of the room, along with a selection of the day’s newspapers.
Staff are attentive, personable and caring without overstepping the mark and becoming intruding or a nuisance.
Much like in Tresco, where guests are given full use of the ‘Flying Boat Club’, residents at the 38 can make the most of facilities at the Lido, a Victorian spa dating back to 1849.
It contains an outdoor pool, a hot tub, sauna, steam room and ice bucket controlled by a pulley. It takes a while to warm up in the pool – it was three degrees when we visited – but once acclimatised, it is far more pleasant than a chlorine-infested indoor pit.
But the Lido felt overcrowded despite the winter chill, which meant there were people jostling for one of the coveted places in the packed jacuzzi.
Guests at the 38 are able to make full use of facilities at the Lido, including the outdoor swimming pool
The Lido, a Victorian spa dating back to 1849, has an outdoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub
In terms of evening entertainment, staff are on hand to readily offer recommendations.
We enjoyed a lively night at the bustling and very reasonably priced Bravas tapas bar on Cotham Hill, followed by cocktails at the Haus Bar, the original Bristol speakeasy, from where you can virtually roll back into the Number Thirty Eight.
We also visited the Wallfish Bistro in Clifton Village, a stone’s throw from the Suspension Bridge lit up in all its glory against the night sky.
A jaunt to the West Country may not necessarily have the wow factor of a trip to Paris, Rome or Barcelona, but prepare to be thrilled by a stay in the 38.