Press & Testimonials

Penthouse interiorjun Downsizing in Style

14th July 2014


Suddenly, the family home which never seemed quite big enough, was always bursting at the seams and full of people, is strangely empty.

The children have grown up and moved out to build their own lives and you are left with a house that is actually far bigger than you need. It’s not just too big, it can be an encumbrance, just at the time when you should be free to enjoy a new quality of life.



Many people who reach that stage decide that the best solution is to downsize, but that shouldn't mean that you need to sacrifice any aspects of your standard of living. On the contrary, you should be able to enjoy all the luxuries and comforts you have achieved over the years, but on a manageable scale.


This is where Brunel Crescent, a unique private development of 12 apartments and 3 penthouses at Box, near Bath, is setting a new trend, extending the concept of quality downsizing to embrace easy living in a secure, fully-serviced environment.


Built from traditional ashlar stone and natural slate, the development occupies a beautifully landscaped hillside with stunning rural views overlooking the Bybrook Valley. Large balconies, terraces and gardens bathed in sunshine add to an almost Mediterranean feel, an atmosphere that is apparent as soon as you enter through the Florentine iron gate, hand-made by an Italian craftsman. The central piazza, paved with granite setts from a specialist family firm on Lake Como, is dominated by a burbling fountain specially acquired from the South of France. Inside, ceramic tiles are from Monza, and the door furniture is from an Italian artisan maker north of Milan. The quality, quite simply, is astounding.


Comfort and convenience are there in equal measure. Arriving by car, parking is in a secure underground car park with automated entry, from which there are lifts to all floors. Full CCTV and a 24/7 emergency alarm add to the peace of mind and, using the latest security technologies, access can be controlled from any telephone. Underfloor heating and heat recovery ventilation systems ensure the indoor environment is always comfortable, while kitchens are fitted with Corian worktops, soft close doors and drawers, magic corners as well as high quality integrated appliances.


Box offers vibrant village life with shops, restaurants, a surgery and post office, but Brunel Crescent residents can also meet each other and friends or family in the pavilion. This charming building opens onto the piazza and is furnished to a high standard, fully fitted with a widescreen TV, high quality music system, library and kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities.


A concierge service and full site maintenance is included and there is a care-trained professional estate manager on site, providing a service that’s never intrusive but always there when you need it. If required, this can extend to excellent-value care operated by Blue View Properties’ own not-for-profit company. It’s great to know that whatever the future holds for you, there is always someone on hand to help and assist.


To discover your new life at Brunel crescent visit or call Knight Frank on 01225 325999.


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“Brunel Crescent stood out because of the high quality of the finish everywhere, and we should like to live there because it is a small block of only 15 residences situated in a lovely position in a very pleasant village. So many we have looked at have been in much more urban surroundings and contain too many homes.”
Mr & Mrs Morrell, Cornwall

“My late husband judged What House's "Best Apartment competition" for thirteen years so we visited hundreds of apartments up and down the country.  With this in mind I would say that what attracted me to Brunel Crescent was that it seemed to be well built with top quality finishes but, the best thing was the view, parking facility and storage space.  So many small apartments have little or no cupboards or store rooms, Brunel Crescent has both.”
Mrs Jones, Dorset

“We went around the Crescent apartments yesterday.  We both thought the penthouse was very impressive, spacious and thoughtfully and carefully detailed, all down to you personally we suspect!  The so-called retirement market is lacking this sort of apartment, and is something I have been advocating over many years to developers.  We hope the development proves successful for you, it deserves to.”
Mr Ward, Wiltshire