Bath, BA1 2UL
A stunning contemporary house with 4 bedrooms and annexe
Prospect house enjoys a superb location on Sion Hill overlooking Bath. The location was described in The Daily Telegraph Commuters Guide as "the most desirable" in Bath. Directly on the Cotswold Way, Sion Hill is poised between town and country and is ideally placed for rural walks in the neighbouring countryside or access to the city of Bath. Bath is one of only three UK World Heritage Cities and enjoys international acclaim for its fine classical architecture.
Bath City Centre is within close proximity. There are local shops including a chemist, newsagent and popular delicatessen just a short distance away in St James's Street. For the commuter, Bath Spa railway station provides train links to London Paddington in approximately 90 minutes. The M4, J18 is also easily accessible via Lansdown Road. Excellent schooling is close by, making it a very sought after area with families. The property is a short walk via Lansdown Crescent to the Royal High School and slightly further afield is Kingswood School and St Stephens Primary School.
Prospect House is a unique contemporary house located on Sion Hill overlooking Bath. Originally built in 1985 and purchased by the current owners in 1993, the property has undergone a recent transformation, into a modern, low energy home with flexible, open plan living designed by award winning architects Dow Jones. The refurbishment was completed to a very high specification and exacting standards by Emery's of Bath.
The south facing property is covered in dark vm-zinc, giving the house a bold appearance and cladding the external solid insulation providing exceptional U values. Shuco solar thermal panels supply the property with hot water. The interior remains light with high ceilings and large glazed panels and doors overlooking the garden and far reaching views.
The house is Category 5 wired with sockets for TV and telephone in each of the main rooms and bedrooms.
The main living space is organised around the upper entrance level. Approaching the front door, it's possible to see right through the living space, out of the south facing windows and to the views over Bath. The open plan space serves as a hall, living room, dining room, study and kitchen. Sliding doors between each room offer the ability to change the use of the space. A series of glazed doors & windows along the living and dining areas provide views out across the city. Two feature roof lights, one in the kitchen and the other over the stairwell, ensure that the morning sun illuminates the main living spaces.
All the living areas have solid American white oak floors with polished concrete in the kitchen/utility and Rehau under floor heating. The living rooms and kitchen have both concealed and feature low energy lighting.
The kitchen has extensive bespoke cabinets in white with stainless steel work surfaces, large cupboards and drawers and includes a large central island. The kitchen is plumbed for fridge, dishwasher and a gas/electric range with hood extraction. There is an adjoining utility room with plumbing for a washing machine and dryer. Beyond this is the plant room with a Keston C40 boiler, Shuco solar thermal system, large hot water tank and eco-water softener.
From the kitchen three steps lead up to the dining room and study beyond. The living room, at 6.5m x 6.2m dominates the living space with a high sloping ceiling. A focal point is the Austro Flamm multi-fuel stove set on a plinth with double sliding glazed doors to either side, which open onto a hardwood balcony running the length of the living space and connecting the inside with the outside spaces via steps to the garden.
A guest cloakroom completes the entrance level off the hall.
A solid oak staircase leads from the hall to the lower level and the bedrooms with American white oak flooring. All of the bedrooms have thermostatically controlled radiators and bespoke fitted wardrobes with drawers providing ample storage. The master bedroom with en suite shower room and two further bedrooms open onto the large south facing deck with French doors. Across the hallway, there is a family bathroom and the second large bedroom with en suite, overlooking the garden. The bathrooms have Cornish slate floors and counter tops with Hansgrohe Axor Steel and Duravit Architec fittings.
Double garage, annexe office/studio and store
A separate building, built into the hill and reflecting the same materials and style as the main house is currently in use as an over-sized double garage (5.8m x 5.7m) at the entrance level. This is entered through an automated Hormann insulated roller door. The double height garage has been designed to accommodate 2 car lifts providing parking for up to 4 cars if required. At garden level the office/studio (5.9m x 3.5m) and store (5.9m x 1.9) are accessed through separate glazed doors and large sliding windows. These rooms have polished concrete floors with under floor heating. The availability of power, pre installed hot and cold water and soil pipe makes the accommodation ideal for conversion to additional living space over one or two levels.
Security is provided by automated steel double vehicle gates and a pedestrian gate with video entry phone set midway along the large drive paved with engineering brick and recessed lighting. Wooden fencing encloses the gardens and provides a natural backdrop to the broad perennial planting which borders the drive. Outside of the gates there is a triple recycling bin store.
Garden spaces are organised as a series of professionally designed planted areas and usable terraces in concrete and grass.
To the south of the house a broad hardwood sun deck with recessed lighting provides a large seating area. This runs along the house to the studio via a private courtyard, accessible directly from the three south facing bedrooms and by a flight of steps from the balcony.
There are a number of outdoor power points and a large rainwater collection tank for garden irrigation. There is also recessed outside lighting on the large terrace to the rear of the house directly accessible from the kitchen.
Hall, living room, study, dining room, WC, kitchen, utility, master bedroom with en suite shower room, guest bedroom with en suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Annexe with office/studio and storeroom, large double garage.
- 4 bedrooms
- 3 reception rooms
- kitchen & utility
- 3 bath/shower rooms-2 en suite
- Annexe (office/studio/store)
- Large double garage
- Spectacular views
- Sought after location