A superb one bedroom apartment in this Grade 11 listed building in the heart of Bath, offered for sale chain free. The apartment offers stunning views from the sitting room, and bedroom over the River Avon, Orange Grove and Parade Gardens. The apartment is very peaceful, despite being in the centre of the city, as it is located on the fifth floor, well away from traffic noise, and is accessed by two lifts from the impressive Edwardian entrance hall.
The Empire is ideally located on Grand Parade. The immediate surroundings include the Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and weir, the Rec Rugby ground, the delightful Parade Gardens and Waitrose and other shops in the immediate vicinity. The railway station is a flat walk less than 1/2 mile away which provides direct access to London Paddington ( approximately 79 mins) and Bristol Temple Meads (approximately 15 mins). Originally designed as a luxury hotel in 1901 it incorporates a newly replaced roofline that represents the three estates of the realm, namely a mock cottage, a manor house, and a castle. The conversion into exclusive apartments took place in the mid-1990s.
There are extensive communal facilities, an impressive dining room and spacious drawing room, cinema, sauna and exercise room, billiard room and two guest suites for the owners' use as well an award winning roof top garden which overlooks the Guildhall and its market and the Victoria Art Gallery with their Palladian grey domes, and is an oasis in the heart of the city. These facilities are all looked after by an administrator who has an office on site. The Empire provides coffee mornings, Sunday lunches and various film and craft clubs. At Christmas pupils of King Edward's come and sing carols and there is a superb Christmas dinner as well.
On entering the property there is an entrance hall with a coat cupboard and an airing cupboard. This leads into a grand drawing room with a fireplace and two windows enjoying the view. The bedroom is a similar size, also with two windows overlooking Orange Grove and the Parade Gardens. There is a bathroom and galley kitchen.
All in all, this apartment is a fantastic 'secret location' in the heart of the wonderful World Heritage Centre which is Bath.