Bath Lodge Castle was formerly the gateway to Farleigh House just 7 miles from Georgian Bath.
Bath Lodge Castle has been successfully run as a small privately owned boutique hotel for much of the last 25 years.
Bath Lodge Castle is Grade II listed, fortified with four circular towers to each corner and a central section along with the original Bath stone appearance. The wide braced heavy timber door opens into the entrance hall, which leads through to a reception hall and into the drawing room with its large open fire and turreted snug. Just off the drawing room is the dining room, which can comfortably seat up to 40 people for dinner or breakfast. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry and linen store. Additionally there are three independently accessed en suite bedrooms to the ground floor.
The first floor and second floors comprise seven en suite bedrooms and one further bedroom. All the bedrooms suites have been refurbished to the highest standard, from the charming circular turreted bathrooms to the luxurious bedrooms with bespoke interior design. Three of the bedrooms enjoy their own balcony/roof terrace.
The property has been vacant for the last 4 years and does require some improvement.
Planning consent has been granted for the demolition of existing conservatory and erection of new dining room extension, replacement glazing to coaching arch and internal alterations.
There is a range of outbuildings that require some updating that provide a variety of uses.
The extensive grounds include manicured lawns to the front and rear with large cultivated flower beds. The mature woodland with a stream running through has intriguing paths and bridges which will lead you through this magical wooded area. There is a gravelled area for parking for approximately 30 cars.
Bath Lodge Castle was built in 1806 as the principal of six gate lodges to one of the largest estates in England, that was uniquely built to parody the principal estate buildings of Farleigh Manor and Farleigh Castle. In 1806 permission was required from the Crown in order to crenellate' and it therefore follows that Bath Lodge Castle is an authentic miniature castle and unique of its kind.
Originally named Castle Lodge, its history can be traced back as long ago as 987 AD when the land that it adorns, Fernleah, was mentioned in charter of King Elthelred. At the time of the Domesday Book Fernleah was known as Ferlege and by the 12th century it had become Farleigh and was owned by the Montfort Family who then sold it in 1337. The estate then passed on to Sir Thomas Hungerford, who was speaker of the House of Commons in 1370. Sir Thomas failed to get the necessary Royal consent for fortification of the original Manor House but was pardoned in 1383.
Two members of the Hungerford family backed the wrong side of the War of the Roses' and lost their heads as a consequence. Farleigh was then confiscated and given to George, Duke of Clarence and brother of Edward IV, who later drowned in a butt of malmsey wine! His daughter, the Countess of Salisbury, was accused of treason in 1541, but refused to lay her head on the block on grounds of innocence and the executioner was obliged to follow her round the scaffold, chopping at her head until it fell from her shoulders.
Farleigh House then remained a modest one until Lt. Colonel John Houlton, a devotee of the Gothic Revival, succeeded to the estate in 1806. He enlarged and altered the house adding hot houses, conservatories, stabling and six lodges. These included the Castle Lodge, now Bath Lodge Castle, built between 1806 and 1813.
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This amazing castellated property is a personal favourite because of its versatile use and wonderful county setting.Luke BradyProperty agent