In the heart of Bath is Queen Square – a square of Georgian houses designed by John Wood, the Elder in the early 18th century and paid for by Beau Nash. Queen Square has been described as the first element in "the most important architectural sequence in Bath", which includes the Circus and the Royal Crescent. The square was designed to join the houses in unison and give the impression that together they formed one large mansion when viewed from the south facing side. The focal point of Queen Square is the obelisk at the centre which commemorates the visit of Frederick, Prince of Wales.
In close proximity are numerous city centre attractions, including a wide range of shopping, dining, cultural and sporting opportunities. The historic Theatre Royal is nearby and offers a wonderfully varied programme of top quality entertainment all year round, with many productions coming directly from or to London's West End.
Queen Square hosts the annual Bath Boules Festival and visiting French markets and is a very popular place to sit and enjoy a picnic lunch in the sunshine.
Bath is a World Heritage city famed for its Roman Heritage and Georgian architecture. With a variety of historical sites and museums, Bath also hosts a number of cultural festivals throughout the year.
Communication links from the city are excellent, with a direct rail link from Bath Spa to London Paddington (from 75 mins) and Bristol Temple Meads (from 15 mins), whilst Bristol International Airport is approximately 19 miles to the south east and M4 Junction 18 about 10 miles to the north.
This iconic townhouse offers comfort and elegance with in excess of 6,500 sq ft of beautifully appointed accommodation arranged over 5 floors and a detached coach house. The home blends Grade I listed period charm with contemporary styling and has the benefit of extensive modernisation works, sensitively carried out by the present owners with the aim of retaining much of the home's majesty, with fun modern additions.
On entering the property you are met with a large and welcoming entrance hall, with an elegant cantilever staircase rising to the very top floor serving the principle rooms of the home. There is an impressive first floor drawing room complete with three tall sash windows with views onto the square and working shutters, as well as a feature fireplace and functioning wedding doors. The dining room on the ground floor is ideal for entertaining and features a fully restored and working dumbwaiter which links up with the kitchen below.
The kitchen/breakfast room on the lower ground floor can also be accessed off the front courtyard and boasts a quality hand-built kitchen complete with marble work surfaces, Everhot range cooker, large area for a family breakfast table and access to the rear garden and games room, as well as a study and glass fronted wine vault.
There are bedrooms (all doubles) and bathrooms suites designed and fitted to a very high standard arranged over the upper floors. Views to the front from the upper floors overlook the impressive Queen Square complete with Beau Nash's obelisk, and to the rear the start of the Gravel Walk and Royal Victoria Park. There is a special treat for those prepared to venture to the very top, where a roof terrace to the rear leading off the bedroom commands a panoramic view of the city. The terrace comes complete with L.E.D up-lighting, glass balustrade and is ideal for sunsets or watching the hot air balloons launching from the park.
Additionally the home has a practical utility room, library, TV/snug room and games room in the lower vault.
The Coach House can be accessed from the garden or off Queens Parade. It is currently arranged with a double garage and garden orangery to the ground floor, with stairs leading up to a studio living/sleeping area to the first floor, complete with kitchenette and separate shower room. This provides the perfect independent space for guest, au pair or a home office.
Queen Square is an integral part of early Georgian Bath. Built by renowned architect John Wood the Elder in 1727, the square was designed to attract the great and wealthy, sold on the earlier vision of Richard 'Beau' Nash. Nash had identified Bath as being the go-to fashionable destination outside of London, famed for its healing waters. The north side of the city was of particular interest and was quoted by Pevsner as "one of the finest Palladian compositions in England before 1730".
23 Queen Square has a rich history, from its first owner John Stoner through periods of its medical clerical use, to its ranked military ownership and finally in the 20th and 21st centuries reverting back to the legal profession. The property was put back into residential ownership more recently, having undergone an extensive 2 year restoration and modernisation project with the aim of recreating the grandeur of John Wood's 1727 original design, but with a contemporary twist.
The property is located on the north side of Queen Square.