St James's Square is one of the finest and most complete Georgian squares outside of London, with all the houses having a wonderful aspect facing the communal garden, providing a charm all of its own. Located close to the iconic Royal Crescent and designed by John Palmer circa 1790, it was completed by 1794.
It is a delightful backwater within this beautiful Georgian city and benefits from easy access to the city centre. The large formal garden within the centre of the square contains some remarkable specimen trees and number 5 is located towards the middle of the western side of the square.
Nearby St James's Street provides a delicatessen, newsagent, chemist, hairdresser, greengrocers and florist, with the open spaces of Royal Victoria Park and The High Common immediately adjacent.
The property is under a mile from the commercial heart of this thriving, vibrant and cosmopolitan city with its extensive chain and independent stores, together with cultural attractions, including Bath Abbey, Bath Thermae Spa, Theatre Royal and Bath Rugby.
There is an excellent range of private and state schools in the city, catering for all age groups, together with the University of Bath and Bath Spa University for higher education.
St James's Square was built in 1773 as a communal garden square designed by John Palmer. Number 5 St. James's Square is situated on the highly sought after western side of the square.
This most elegant of townhouses benefits from a west-facing views to the rear over the Approach Golf Course. Grade I listed, the property is constructed of fine Bath stone elevations with large windows, all enhanced with deep cornices and plain parapets under a slate tiled roof. The property has been comprehensively renovated in keeping with the original architecture of the house and is beautifully presented. Many of the original features remain and have been restored, including fine marble fireplaces, detailed cornicing and delicate ceiling mouldings, together with working shutters.
All of this is complemented by a stylish contemporary kitchen / breakfast room, bathrooms and modern furnishings. The accommodation is very well proportioned, is arranged over six floors and the east/west orientation provides wonderful light through the house from the large sash windows to both the front and rear.
The property is approached on the ground floor via a separate entrance hall, with a doorway into a reception hall and an elegant staircase with mahogany handrail leading to the first floor. A cloakroom is located to the rear off a separate lobby. On the ground floor is a beautiful formal dining room overlooking the square, with a central fireplace. To the rear is a study / ground floor sitting room that faces west and overlooks the garden.
Leading up to the first floor, a wonderful feature is the large half landing with an attractive window that overlooks the garden to the rear. To the front with three full-height windows overlooking the square is a superb drawing room. Being of particular note, this elegant room has great ceiling heights and cornicing, as well as a fine chimneypiece. There is a bedroom to the rear at first floor level that could easily provide further reception space.
The principal bedroom suite occupies the front part of the second floor, overlooking St James's Square from the front elevation. There is a feature fireplace and working shutters. There is a well-appointed en suite shower room.
On the third floor are two further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a separate shower room.
On the lower ground floor is a superb and beautifully fitted kitchen/breakfast room where hand-built units are complemented by original features. In addition, there is a sitting room / family room on this level and access to vaults and courtyards to the front and rear. There is also a wc at this level and access to the garden. The basement has also been converted to provide a spacious utility / laundry room as well as a large storage vault and wine cellar.
Externally, the charming west-facing private garden is walled on all sides and has been planted to provide colour throughout the year. With terraces on four levels, the garden includes a formal parterre as well as terraced seating areas to the rear boundary that make the most of the afternoon sun. Residents' parking is available within St James's Square.
From Queens Square, proceed North up Gay Street and into The Circus. Continue around The Circus taking the first exit on to Brock Street and then take the right turn before entering The Royal Crescent onto Upper Church Street. At the green facing you, bear left and then at the junction with Julian Road (mini roundabout) bear left and then immediately right into St. James Square.