What is Bath like?
Bath is all about elegance, culture and sophistication, with some of the most sublime architecture in the UK, a rich heritage dating back to Roman times and a varied arts and literary scene.
While naturally focusing on Bath, our patch covers large parts of Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire. It stretches north to the M4, west to Wells and Glastonbury, south to Bruton and east to Devizes. This includes the towns of Bradford-on-Avon, Shepton Mallet, Frome and Warminster and all the villages in between — a wide range of highly desirable locations.
Property in Bath
Bath is primarily associated with aspirational property. Everyone thinks of the prime Georgian terraces and crescents, or the elegant mansions above the town in Widcombe, but in Bath any size can be aspirational, and we offer the very best properties in their price range. Our market focuses on both town and country property, which ranges from classic ‘trophy’ townhouses and substantial country estates to pretty city-centre terraces and rural cottages.
The classic Georgian and Regency townhouses are, naturally, still the most sought-after residential property in Bath, offering unrivalled style and elegance. The hilltop mansions dating from the 18th and 19th centuries are also hugely desirable. Properties further down the ladder share the same mellow charm, largely because of the ubiquitous Bath stone, so there are few areas which are not highly attractive.
The city’s status as a World Heritage Site means that development is severely restricted, so there are the prospect of new properties augmenting the existing stock is minimal. The large Bath Riverside regeneration project is therefore a rare opportunity for anyone wanting a contemporary home in this most timeless of cities.
The surrounding countryside offers every kind of rural property you could wish for, in numerous delightful market-town and village locations.
For classic townhouses, look in the Royal Crescent, The Circus, Lansdown Crescent, Cavendish Crescent and Great Pulteney Street.
For grand mansions overlooking the city, head to Widcombe, Bathwick and Claverton.
For smaller houses, try Bathwick and Camden.
For village locations close to Bath, look at Freshford, Wellow, Combe Hay, Priston, Limpley Stoke and Monkton Farleigh. Further afield, try Mells and Nunney, near Frome; Maiden Bradley; and Tormarton.
For contemporary apartments, take a look at the restored Somerset Place or the Bath Riverside regeneration scheme.
The local scene
The Assembly Rooms, Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and the Pulteney Bridge are just some of the architectural gems that have made the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They provide an exquisite backdrop for such cultural highlights as the Theatre Royal, the Bath Music Festival, Bath in Fashion, the Holburne Museum of Art and the American Museum. The city’s range of shops balances major high street names with a plethora of individual boutiques and specialist retailers, and there are numerous superb restaurants. In addition, Bath’s two universities ensure a lively younger social scene.
In contrast to the ultimate in city living, the surrounding countryside supports an active rural scene, with numerous attractive market towns and villages as the centre of a thriving community spirit.
Junction 18 of the M4, 10 miles to the north of Bath, gives fast road access to London and connects with the M5 down to Exeter, or up to Birmingham.
Mainline services from Bath Spa station reach London Paddington in 90 minutes.
Numerous international and domestic destinations are served by flights from nearby Bristol Airport.
Schools in Bath
Schooling is one of Bath’s great attractions. Prior Park College, King Edward’s School, Kingswood School, the Royal High School and Monkton Combe School are the city’s leading independent schools; further afield, King’s School and Sexey’s School, Bruton, Bruton School for Girls, Wells Cathedral School and Stonar School are major draws. The area is also handy for some leading public schools, including Millfield, Sherborne, Downside and Wells Cathedral School.
Bath itself offers some of the finest state education in the country at both primary and secondary level.