BRISTOL AREA GUIDES: Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park and Coombe Dingle

18 Mar 2017

Collectively, this trio of mostly residential areas covers some of Bristol's most exclusive addresses. As such, there is a proliferation of private schools nearby, while Bristol University's location in neighbouring Clifton means there's a high student population in halls around Stoke Bishop.


Coombe Dingle comprises mostly 1920 and 30s homes near Hazel Brook, a tributary of the River Trym, that runs through Blaise Castle Estate.


To the south east, Stoke Bishop is a collection of typically large, detached early 20th-century homes concentrated around a village hall and a row of shops on Druid Hill, with a number of small local businesses. By the way, the association with druids arose from a megalithic monument, thought to be a burial chamber, discovered in 1811 off what is now Druid Hill.


The historic Stoke House and Park also lie in Stoke Bishop. The house was built in 1669 as a family mansion for Sir Robert Cann, MP, Mayor of Bristol and Merchant Venturer, and is now home to Trinity College, Bristol.


Developed in Victorian and Edwardian times, Sneyd Park is an area of high-end houses on the western fringe of Durdham Down (also known as The Downs), adjacent to the Avon Gorge and the Sea Walls observation point. More modern housing has since been built on the slope down towards Sea Mills.


Residents benefit from two of Bristol's biggest and best open spaces in Blaise Castle Estate and The Downs, and lots of local sports clubs, but restaurants and pubs within walking distance are thin on the ground, although there are lots of good ones within a short drive.


















House Prices


Last year most property sales in Stoke Bishop involved flats which sold for on average £294,788. Detached properties sold for an average price of £749,519, while semi-detached properties fetched £502,933.


The figures, from Rightmove, also show that Stoke Bishop, with an overall average price of £500,781, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Sneyd Park (£482,651), but more expensive than Coombe Dingle (£313,090).




Elmlea Infants (Ofsted 2009 "outstanding").

Elmlea Junior (Ofsted 2015 "outstanding").

Westbury Park Primary (Ofsted 2014 "outstanding").

Stoke Bishop CofE (Ofsted 2012 "good")

Sea Mills Primary (Ofsted 2013 "good").

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary (Ofsted 2009 "outstanding").

Oasis Academy Bank Leaze (Ofsted 2014 "requires improvement").

Oasis Academy Long Cross (Ofsted 2013 "requires improvement).


St Bede's Catholic College (Ofsted 2014 "good").



Torwood House School

Bristol Steiner School

Badminton School

Clifton College




Stoke Bishop Adult Education Centre is based at Stoke Lodge



Parks, Sport and Leisure


Stoke Lodge playing field is mainly used by schools for athletics, football, and cricket. There's a children's play area here too, and also nearby at Sea Mills park and Canford park.


If you, the family or your canine friend need open space to run and explore, Blaise Castle Estate and Durdham Down (also known as The Downs) should fit the bill.


Two golf courses ( Shirehampton and Henbury) are within easy reach and next to the primary school in Stoke Bishop is Bristol Croquet Club.


Bristol Uni's Combe Dingle sports complex has pitches and courts to hire and a number of clubs are based here, among them Combe Dingle Tennis Club, Stoke Bishop Cricket Club, Westbury Hockey Club and Westberries Ladies Hockey Club, and St Brendan's RFC.



In Coombe Dingle, there is a parade of shops on Westbury Lane, with two convenience stores, Indian and Chinese takeaways and a cake shop.


Stoke Bishop's local stores are concentrated on Druid Hill (Spar and Nisa, barber, pharmacy and off license, among others) and Shirehampton Road (dog salon, wedding shop, music shop, bakery, Tesco Express and takeaways).



Eating and Drinking


Besides a selection of takeaways, options include The Mill House pub (which serves traditional food, including Sunday roasts) on Shirehampton Road, and Valentino's on Stoke Lane.


There is a wider selection of restaurants just a mile or two away in Westbury-on-Trym High Street, and especially along the A4018 Whiteladies Road in Clifton.





There are several bus routes, details of which can be found here, while the nearest train station is just south, at Sea Mills, which is a branch line between the main station in Bristol – Temple Meads – and Severn Beach, on the estuary to the west.


By car, the city centre is about five miles away, while junction 18 of the M5 is just west of Coombe Dingle.





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