I thought the idea was to get out of Bristol?
Renting would be the ideal opportunity to try this...
I've not found anywhere quite right in the country and got cold feet over the long drives in & out (especially back in) to the ones I did look at.
Also I was driving back from a late band rehearsal (at the mo I have 2 of them each week, plus one gig per week - that's 3 nights per week) in the dark, & wondered how I'd feel if I had another 15- 20 minutes of dark driving before I got back to a rural "home" - and I didn't like it.
Easy option taken instead :) & this place is near both band rehearsal venues & close to decent roads & the city. Won't be able to put up families again tho - yours or my Canadian contingent :(
"Renting would be the ideal opportunity to try this..." - yes it was, and I'm not 100% happy that I'm not trying it, but.... there you go.