The Peake House - Our Historic Common House

Known as the Peake House, our 3,800 square-foot common house is an Italianate-style residence built in 1863. Since only two families owned the house before us, its distinctive features have largely been preserved. The home was featured in the 1988 film, The Wizard of Loneliness.

All owners of property at Bristol Village Cohousing are part owners of the Peake House. Everyone is involved in its upkeep and plays a role in deciding how the house should be used.

Features

  • Beautiful period details – grand entrance hall, moldings, tall windows, an elegant staircase, high ceilings

  • A large, sunny and modern kitchen/dining area, big enough for all members of the community to share at the same time

  • A full, heated basement with exercise equipment and game tables

  • Three large rooms on the first floor

  • Four large multi-purpose rooms upstairs, including a suite with private bath

  • A new deck and accessible entry in the back

  • Wifi for community members and guests

  • Community mailboxes

We use the Peake House for:

  • Common meals and large cooking projects

  • Committee meetings and social events

  • Meeting space for people from the wider Bristol community

  • Exercise and recreation

  • Hosting short- and long-term guest rentals

  • Kids' games, toys and musical instruments

  • Crafting and pottery

  • Sharing bounty from the community garden

  • Weekly yoga and Qigong

  • Library space

   The common house kitchen was renovated recently with skylights, granite counters, and radiant floor heat.

The common house kitchen was renovated recently with skylights, granite counters, and radiant floor heat.