Welcome to Downlands House

Downlands House is an elegantly-appointed Victorian town house located on a quiet, tree-lined residential street approximately a mile from Bristol's City Centre. We offer a range of en-suite rooms, each fitted with conveniences designed to make visitors feel at home. Breakfast is served in either our dining room or light-filled conservatory. Free wireless broadband is offered throughout the hotel.

The property is perfect for those travelling to the city either on business or just for pleasure. We offer a home-from-home atmosphere and are within easy reach of the main business districts of the city and close to the M4, M5 and M32 motorways. There are a number of restaurants and cafes nearby and we are within walking distance of the beautiful Clifton village and central Bristol.

We are on the doorstep of the Downs, Bristol's biggest parkland area. The shopping centres of Cabot Circus, Broadmead and the Mall are within easy reach by car or public transport. We are also conveniently placed for the Spire BUPA Hospital, BRI and Southmead Hospitals, for GKN Airbus in Filton as well as Bristol University, the Halls of Residence and UWE.

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Only a mile from Bristol's city centre, Downlands House is an elegant Victorian property located on a quiet tree lined road close to Bristol's famous Durdham Downs and the pretty village of Westbury-on-Trym. We offer a range of en-suite rooms, each fitted with a range of conveniences designed to make visitors feel at home and free Wireless broadband is offered throughout the hotel. Breakfast is served in our light-filled dining room.

We are ideally situated for tourists visiting Bristol for the first time, and for business people looking for a convenient home away from home. Bristol's main attractions and business centre are only a brief car journey away, as are the M4 and M5 motorways. Downlands House is also conveniently situated for the University and its halls of residence, perfect for family parties dropping off students or attending graduation ceremonies. Nearby, within short walking distance, the local area offers an ample choice of interesting shops, quality restaurants and pubs.

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Rated highly by the AA guide to Bed and Breakfasts, Downlands House aims to provide a warm welcome, putting visitors at ease from the moment they arrive. The property combines the charm and cosy atmosphere of a family home with the sophistication and professionalism of a large hotel. Owner Patricia Voaden prides herself on her friendly personal service, as well as keeping thoroughly up-to-date by providing all rooms with instant access to the Internet.

Downlands House caters to a range of guests, from business people visiting Bristol requiring a convenient location that is both close to the centre and easily accessible by major travel routes, to tourists needing a handy base from which to discover Bristol and the surrounding area. It is also perfectly suited to family parties seeking a convenient location from which to attend events like weddings, christenings, school and university open days (Downlands House is within walking distance of Badminton School, and a short drive from both Clifton College and Queen Elizabeth's Hospital School) or visits to Bristol students.

To make a reservation, call 0117 962 1639 or go straight to the Reservations page


There are a total of ten airy and welcoming rooms available at Downlands House, including single, twin and double bedded rooms, most of which come with en suite facilities. On the ground floor there is a large double room with bath & shower. Each room is comfortably furnished and houses a colour TV, hairdryer and free WiFi as well as tea and coffee making facilities.


Bristol is an exciting and dynamic city, offering a wide variety of sights for visitors and much in the way of sports and entertainment, with theatres, art galleries, (including Royal West of England Academy of Arts), museums, cinemas and a wide selection of good restaurants. The harbourside area has undergone exciting developments and features an exciting and interactive science centre At-Bristol. Bristol is also host to various special events throughout the year, such as the Bristol Regattas and the Balloon Fiesta.

Prominent sights of Bristol include Brunel's famous Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, as well as shopping centres Cabot Circus (which boasts a Harvey Nichols store and array of eateries, including Raymond Blancs Brasserie Blanc Restaurant ) and Cribbs Causeway. Downlands House is also convenient for visitors wishing to visit events at Bristol Rugby Club, Bristol Rovers Football Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket ground.

Nearby Clifton Village, an attractive area for shopping and socializing, boasts some of Bristol's most splendid Georgian and Regency Terraces. From here you can take a trip to the Bristol Zoo Gardens, famous for their flora and fauna, or enjoy the recently renovated Lido Spa.

In the other direction, and in walking distance of Downlands House is the attractive village of Westbury-on-Trym, one of Bristol's most appealing suburbs, which lays claim to a variety of independent shops, cafes and the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Bristol: Casamia. Close by, Henleaze provides further convenient amenities, including a cinema, local shops and Old Quarry Park.

From Downlands House you can stroll the nearby Downs which comprises over 400 acres of trees and open grassland, or visit the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. On the other side of this delightful green space lies Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate, which is well worth a visit.


Downlands House now accepts Reservations online, via a booking system which allows you to check availability and prices for all our rooms. Alternatively you can call 0117 962 1639.

Find Us

As Downlands House is conveniently located near to, but one mile out of Bristol city centre, it is easy to find from major transport routes. To check our location on a map, click here.

Travelling by car

From M5 Exit via Junction 17 towards Westbury-on-Trym & City Centre. Prior to reaching the Downs you will pass private girls schools (The Badminton School on your left & The Red Maid's School on your right) on both sides of the road. Henleaze Gardens is on the left hand side.

From M4 Leave at Junction 19, taking the M32 southbound and exit immediately at the first junction, turn right at roundabout (A4174 - signposted Filton). Proceed for approximately 2 miles straight across roundabouts until the 5th roundabout when you turn left into Henleaze Road, continue for 3/4 mile and turn right into Henleaze Gardens.

Travelling by Public Transport

Downlands house is 3 miles from Bristol Temple Meads train station and 8 miles from Bristol airport.

If you would like to make a booking or have any queries, then please call us on 0117 962 1639 or view our Reservations page.