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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Lyncombe Hill, Bath, BA2


Property Description

Key features

  • Opportunity to create one of Bath's finest homes
  • In need of refurbishment
  • Flexible accommodation
  • In all, approx 6,658 sq ft
  • Four car garage and workshop
  • Gardens over half an acre
  • Breathtaking views

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A unique and magnificent Grade II Georgian villa offering a rare opportunity to create one of Bath's finest homes in one of the city's premier locations


Abbey Lodge is set in an elevated position on Lyncombe Hill in Widcombe, within half a mile of Bath Spa train station (with connections to London Paddington, journey time approximately 90 minutes) and the Georgian city centre of Bath, accessed via a bridge over the River Avon. Widcombe itself occupies a delightful position within Bath and benefits from a village community feel, superb access to the city and its rail links, but retaining a level of privacy that is less readily available in the centre of the city.

Nearby is Widcombe Parade, providing a wide range of shops including doctors' and dental surgeries, veterinary clinics, pubs, restaurants a newsagents, a local supermarket and coffee shops. There is access to canal-side walks along the Kennet and Avon canal and numerous rural walks in and around Widcombe.

The property is well situated for excellent schools in both state and private sector including King Edwards, Ralph Allen, Monkton Combe and Prior Park. Junction 18 of the M4 is approximately 11 miles north.


Abbey Lodge presents an opportunity to complete the renovation of one of the finest Georgian homes in Bath, to personalise and finalise the reinstatement of the property to its former glory as a substantial detached residence with grounds, garaging and private gardens, all in a prime location.

Abbey Lodge is a stunning Georgian villa situated in an elevated position overlooking the city of Bath and surrounding countryside. The property is just a short distance from the cosmopolitan city centre yet it remains secluded, quiet and enchanting, set well back in mature garden.

Constructed of fine Ashlar stone and dating from 1825, Abbey Lodge is built in a Gothic style and has extensive accommodation arranged over three principal floors with a substantial footprint, as well as a large basement and separate guest suite (accessed by a private staircase). Outside, the grounds extend to over half an acre and include stone and wood outbuildings comprising a former coach house that provides a four car garage and 35' workshop, a summerhouse and several well located sheds, all set in private walled gardens and grounds that provide privacy and seclusion.

Abbey Lodge sits in an enviable position above Lyncombe Hill. The views from the majority of the rooms are superb and the further up the property you progress, the more breathtaking the outlook becomes. Standing on the castellated flat roof (permission granted for improved access from the top floor) the informal roof terrace offers far-reaching and unbroken views across the whole of the city, Bathwick Hill, the Bath 'skyline' and Widcombe, enveloped by the surrounding countryside. This panoramic vantage point is arguably unparalleled within the City of Bath.

The property has an imposing façade with significant aesthetic appeal as well as architectural merit. The property has fine detail both internally and externally including statuesque octagonal buttresses, bold moulded stopped drips and detailed French chateaux style casement windows. There are four (potentially six) sets of full height doors/windows opening out directly onto the ballustraded terrace and gardens. The grand and imposing castellated entrance leads into a stone hallway and stone cantilevered staircase, which rises up through the three primary floors. Planning consent has been given for a Georgian glass roof lantern over the hall and a further lantern to provide additional light over the rear guest staircase and hall.

The proportions of the rooms are exceptional and the accommodation arrangement offers an excellent degree of flexibility. Abbey Lodge does require further refurbishment, presenting the new owner with the opportunity to create the perfect home from a blank canvas. Forming part of the sale is 30A Lyncombe Hill, which is not listed and is attached to Abbey Lodge, having previously been part of the property. A pre-application has been submitted to incorporate 30A back into the main house (details available on request). With the right level of consent and appropriate conversion, Abbey Lodge will again take its place as one of Bath's finest houses.

The current owners have been assisted by one of Bath's leading surveyors who will be happy to assist with expertise and knowledge and will be available to take the project forward, if required. Extensive renovation works have already been sympathetically completed, again details of these are available on request.

Externally the property has substantial mature, private walled gardens of over half an acre. The property is accessed from Lyncombe Hill via a private stone staircase and buttressed wrought iron gate, set back into a high inset stone wall which is of significant architectural merit and noted on the property listing. A beautiful stone path provides a charming enclosed walk to the main entrance. A mirrored path offers access to the terraced garden of 30A, demonstrating how the gardens were originally envisaged. There are beautiful landscaped terraces with stone balustrade to the front spanning the width of the house, providing views across Widcombe, the Bath 'skyline' and beyond. There is a courtyard to the rear offering parking, with further parking available in the separate self-contained four-car garage and 35' workshop. This former coach house can be accessed either from a pretty mews just off Lyncombe Hill or directly through the rear garden of the property. Large wrought iron gates remain available offering gated rear access to the property. There is also a 16' Victorian glazed summerhouse located in the secluded top walled garden that looks out onto the rural grazing land behind.

Abbey Lodge - Mains water, electricity and drainage. There is a mains gas supply to the property, but this is not currently connected.
30a Lyncombe Hill - All mains services are connected.

Square Footage: 6,658 sq ft
Acreage: 0.56 Acres


From the Holburne Museum at the end of Great Pulteney Street, proceed west along the A36, Pulteney Road passing Widcombe Hill and Widcombe Parade. Just before the Christian Science Church, turn left up Lyncombe Hill. Abbey Lodge is about 250 yards up on the right hand side. Parking is available outside the property.

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Added on Rightmove:
17 August 2016

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