Bath is the most complete Georgian city in the UK, with a variety of crescents, parades and squares that were developed in the Palladian revival style from 1725 onwards, predominantly by John Wood the Elder and his son, John Wood the Younger. Their most notable works can be seen at Queen Square (named in honour of Queen Caroline, wife of George ll), Royal Crescent and The Circus.
Key buildings such as The Assembly Rooms and Pump Rooms were developed as Bath became a fashionable health resort and the city devoted almost entirely to pleasure. The integration of architecture, urban design and landscape setting, and the deliberate creation of a beautiful city contributed significantly to Bath being named a World Heritage Site in 1987.
What to look for
Georgian townhouses are the quintessential property associated with Bath and appeal to a wide market, both locally and to buyers from beyond Bath, including those overseas.
The townhouses were generally built over four or five storeys, with classic proportions and large sash windows. The usual layout was to have the kitchen and servants’ quarters in the basement, the ground floor would have an outer hall lit by a fan light, along with an inner hall and often a dining room and parlour. Living accommodation was usually situated on the first floor, with a drawing and withdrawing room, and bedroom accommodation located on the upper floors with attic rooms for children and servants.
Many properties still retain this layout, along with original features including feature fireplaces, panelling, sweeping staircases and ornate cornice work, and the majority are now listed, either Grade I or II.
There was a movement to convert townhouses into flats during the 1950s-1970s but recently there has been a trend towards converting them back into complete residential dwellings.
Tips for buyers
The current arrangement of the accommodation can be a factor to consider. However, with often in excess of 6,000 sq ft of living space, they do offer great flexibility.
Demand usually outstrips supply and properties frequently sell in excess of guide prices, especially those situated in iconic locations including Royal Crescent and The Circus.
Drawing room, The Circus, Bath - Guide price £4,250,000
The residential agents at Savills Bath office have expert local knowledge of the city and surrounding areas, including an understanding of the distinctive properties that help define Bath.