The success of The General, the newest development from City & Country, has not gone unnoticed. The heritage property developers have undertaken the huge task of completely restoring and converting the former Bristol General Hospital into a bespoke collection of 205 one to four-bedroom new apartments and houses. The development features many original and attractive characteristics, including stunning views out over the Bristol waterfront, centred around a restored central courtyard.
The General benefits from a fantastically central location, just minutes’ walk from Bristol’s bustling centre, its shops, restaurants and cafes. As well as this, there is a collection of local amenities at lower street level, including the Michelin starred restaurant Casamia.
James Knight has just purchased his first home at The General. His family has a background in property development and he quickly noticed the abundance of period features that the converted hospital offers. He comments:
“City and Country has that personal touch; they are looking for that quirky aspect to make a special development. In my apartment, there are unusual angles and unique features, such as an exposed arch, that makes the build different and interesting. The courtyard, complete with the original fountain, is a striking feature and I’m looking forward to walking around the area this summer. I spend more time at home now; it’s a great place to relax. The high ceilings of my flat let in a lot of light, it’s very well finished and no room is the same.”
A standard three-bedroom apartment at The General has a wide range of appealing features. The open-plan living/dining/kitchen area positively glows with light thanks to the vast double height ceilings and original windows. With 180 degree views out across the water, this room provides the perfect place to wind down and relax. The kitchen is of a high standard and comes fitted with an array of integrated features such as a dishwasher, fridge/freezer and a washer/dryer and the luxurious bathroom was created by Laufen, with brassware from Crosswater.
The mezzanine master bedroom is really something, opulent and splendid with exquisite furnishings, an en-suite and a decadent dressing room. The further two bedrooms are of an excellent size, and feature plenty of sunshine and storage to keep everyone happy.
James used Help to Buy to purchase his property, and he was grateful for the advice and information he received throughout the process. He says:
“It was quite a complicated process because of the Help to Buy scheme and from the perspective City and Country were very good. I knew what was happening at every stage of the way. The sales team kept me posted on everything, like time scales and all of the contracts we had to go through. The times they had available for appointments were accommodating to my work schedule, so it was easy for me to plan".