This magnificent Grade II-listed home, constructed circa 1790, is located on Upper East Hayes, a hillside to the north of Bath city centre. Arranged over four storeys, the house extends over 1,800 sq ft and has a commanding south-facing view over the whole city, across to the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills beyond. The vista combines the pinnacle of British classicism with the enchanting landscape of a fabled Avalon. Bath’s city centre and train station, with excellent links to London, are a short walk away.
Setting the Scene
The house is set back from Upper East Hayes, a quiet residential road akin to a country lane in character. A secluded walled courtyard leads to the front elevation, both of which are made from heavily rusticated Bath limestone. This provides a wonderful contrast to the fine Bath stonework of the garden elevation; a contrast believed to have been introduced at the time of construction for the dual purpose of decorum and security.
The Grand Tour
The entrance is on the upper ground floor and leads into a beautifully restrained hallway, where the focus is firmly on a cantilevered stone staircase that runs through the centre of the house. The interior exudes an immediate sense of grace, in part thanks to the excellent quality of light and exceptional finishes throughout. The layout retains classical proportions and simplicity in both its plan and elevations, with two well-proportioned main rooms to be found on each storey.
The hall on the upper ground floor leads to a large living room on the garden side, and to a study with fitted bookshelves on the left-hand side. On the lower ground floor below, a beautifully appointed kitchen can be found; this has simple freestanding cabinetry throughout, hardwood work surfaces and wonderful period details such as arabesque arches. A classical roundel is set above the cooking range. To the rear lie a bathroom and vaulted storage.
The main bedroom is situated on the garden side of the first floor. Decorated in lavish wallpaper, it takes its inspiration from traditional circuses, combining this with touches of the late Victorian Gothic. To the rear, there is a guest bedroom.
There are two further rooms on the top floor, both characterised by their extraordinary vaulted ceilings. At the garden elevation of this storey is a large room with a mezzanine, currently arranged as a studio. To the rear is a bedroom that benefits from outstanding views over the city landscape and the Mendips beyond; this also has a mezzanine, where the bed is currently set up.
The Great Outdoors
A secluded stone terrace can be accessed from the side of the house; a quiet and peaceful spot where a magnificent wisteria climbs the façade and dappled light can be enjoyed throughout the day. To one side of the house, herbaceous borders surround a large stretch of lawn. The private tiered gardens beyond have a wonderfully wild and romantic feel, densely planted with a broad and varied selection of mature shrubs and specimen trees. At the foot of the garden, a gate leads out to a private parking area – invaluable in this part of the city – which is tucked neatly out of sight at the lower edge of the grounds.
Out and About
Upper East Hayes is located in the village of Larkhall in Bath, renowned for its independent spirit. There is an excellent bookshop, deli, butcher, and organic farm shop all within easy walking distance of the house. The city harbours a strong community of independent retailers, coffee shops and eateries with Colonna and Smalls, Corkage, LandRace Bakery and the weekly Farmer’s Market often cited as local favourites. Royal Victoria Park provides a wonderful green expanse in the city centre and is also home to the revered Botanical Gardens. Uniquely situated in a hollow in the hills, the surrounding Somerset countryside makes an incredible backdrop for the city. The National Trust Skyline Walk offers up exceptional views through six miles of meadows and ancient woodlands.
Bath is the only city in Britain to achieve Unesco World Heritage status which continues to be vehemently protected. Founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans, who famously used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa, it became an important centre for the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant city with neoclassical Palladian buildings.
Transport links are excellent, with Bath Spa train station in the heart of the city centre providing a direct line to London Paddington in under 1.5 hours. The M4 motorway lies to the north of the city and is reachable by car in 15 minutes.
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