City & Country sets new record at the WhatHouse? Awards 2023
Penthouse, The General
Guinea Street, Bristol, BS1 6SX
Key features: three bedrooms, double -height ‘wow’ living space, two parking spaces
The General is a big development; once complete, it will shelter 205 apartments under capacious roofs. This absolute belter- aka The Penthouse- is one of the last to come to market and boasts all the ‘extra’ qualities you’d want from a penthouse. Apartment 4-17 is in the Edward VII Wing, has two floors, three big bedrooms, a dressing room, two bathrooms and not just one parking space (two!). Don’t let me go without mentioning the tub.
Okay, lets rewind. If you’ve been living under a stone for a few years, I’ll do a mini recap now.
The General is the redevelopment of Bristol’s former hospital. Large – scale, its renovation boasts one-off character features that still bear the feel of an ancient hospital; no wards, no canteens, no operation theatres survive, I promise, and matrons have been replaced with a concierge service.
One apartment is houses in a former chapel, another has an octagonal tower, but even without these architectural boats, the dwellings in the Grade II-listed gated community offer top quality furnishing, secure underground parking, and gated and voice-controlled entry.
The Penthouse is on the second and third floors and boasts a smidge under 2,000 sq ft of light-filled space. The elevated outlook means great views from the long sash windows which edge the lovely lounge.
And, talking of windows, my favourite view by far is the one from the bath; boats bob and clank, coloured houses line up in a recognisable row and, further in the distance, the Mendip hills roll away, and you can see it all from the comfort of your roll-top tub.