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5 bedroom terraced house for sale

Lansdown Crescent, Bath, Somerset, BA1


Property Description

Key features

  • Superb internal detailing - exquisite period features
  • Exceptional drawing room
  • 2 storey penthouse master bedroom suite
  • 2 bedroom coach house
  • Enclosed walled rear garden
  • Private open garage parking
  • Breathtaking views over Bath and beyond

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

One of Bath's finest houses, 7-8 Lansdown Crescent is a unique combination of two Grade I listed crescent houses situated at the heart of this iconic address


7-8 Lansdown Crescent enjoys an enviable south west aspect. In 1819, Egan described the views as "like looking down from St Paul's Cathedral into the streets of London". Pevsner in 1973 succinctly referred to the view as "superb". In the vicinity are a private tennis and squash club, 18 hole golf course and many excellent private and state schools. St Stephen's Church is close by and all the varied amenities of Bath City Centre are within ¾ mile.

Bath is a World Heritage Site famed for its Georgian architecture and Roman heritage and enjoys a wealth of cultural, business and recreational facilities such as museums, art galleries and the Thermae Bath Spa - Britain's only natural thermal spa. Junction 18 of the motorway is eight miles to the north and Bath Spa Station provides a fast and regular train service to London Paddington (journey time from 85 minutes).


The building of Lansdown Crescent was largely due to the enterprise of Charles Spackman, a property valuer who had amassed considerable wealth as a coach builder and from whom the crescent received one of its early names, "Spackman Buildings". Others included "The Upper Crescent" and "Lansdown Place". John Palmer was employed to design the layouts and elevations for the houses, most of which were erected between 1789 and 1793 by a variety of builders.

The concave crescent and its convex wings, forming a serpentine line of buildings following the curving contours of the south east slopes of Lansdown, are one of the most conspicuous elements in the Bath scene. The twenty houses of the crescent are arranged in a segment forming nearly one third of a circle of approximately 300 foot radius. Their fronts are treated to form a balanced composition in which the two central houses are skilfully united into a pedimented central feature between wings of 8 houses, terminated by pavilions formed by the very large houses at the end of each range. One of these houses, number 20, was owned by the crescent's most illustrious resident William Beckford - an English novelist, Member of Parliament and responsible for building Beckfords Tower, one of Bath's most prominent landmarks.

7 Lansdown Crescent was the home of astronomer and meteorologist Henry Lawson (1774-1855). He built an observatory on the roof, published a number of papers and was made a Fellow of The Royal Astronomical Society (1833) and The Royal Society (1840). It appears that Sir Francis Younghusband bought the two houses separately in the 1890s, and combined them. He probably added the extension to the ground floor of number 8 as a kitchen, with a kitchen range in the large fireplace.

Lansdown Crescent is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Bath, enhanced by the ornamental railings and wrought iron lamp holders to all but the end houses. The buildings have breathtaking views over Bath and the surrounding hills and countryside. The exterior of the crescent remains largely unchanged with very few exceptions. The roof of number 7 was reconstructed to provide a second attic storey.

7-8 Lansdown Crescent is a unique combination of two Grade I listed crescent houses situated at the heart of this iconic address. One of Europe's architectural masterpieces, Lansdown Crescent commands breathtaking views over Bath and its surrounding hills. Built between 1789 and 1793 to the plans of John Palmer, Lansdown Crescent stands largely unchanged from the outside. Still in situ are the original and restored overthrows, with lamp holders decorating the front entrances. Constructed of Bath stone elevations the entire crescent with its wide pavement fronts a large lawn where sheep often graze. Lansdown Crescent enjoys a 'country house in town' feel away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Number 7-8 sits towards the centre of the crescent and with the houses combining to provide accommodation of extraordinary grandeur and proportions. This arrangement is unique, with lateral accommodation spanning both houses, in all 14,500 square feet of accommodation.

As one would expect the internal detailing is superb, with many architectural features typical of the period including exquisite cornicing, fireplaces and deep sash windows with original shutters. The ceiling heights and room volumes are unrivalled in Bath and with the lateral relationship of the accommodation spanning both houses, 7-8 Lansdown Crescent is truly one of Bath's finest houses.

The vast majority of the building combines to provide a single dwelling, however there are some divisions. The ground floor of number 8 is currently arranged as a two bedroom flat, as is part of the lower ground floor level. Upon entering the main reception hall of number 7, the magnificent proportions are immediately apparent. On the ground floor is a double reception room that extends from the front elevation of number 7 all the way to the rear of the building. A stunning stone staircase rises to the upper levels.

Of particular note is the first floor drawing room. The ceiling height and proportions are sublime and the fireplace at the heart of the room is at least 7 feet high. Three full height front facing windows enjoy exceptional views, as does the majority of the remaining accommodation. A large opening leads into the withdrawing room. Accessed laterally via the drawing room, the first floor of number 8 provides a beautiful dining room and kitchen/breakfast room.

On the second floor are 4 bedrooms, one of which is a remarkable gallery room which is two storeys in height. This spectacular room has four front facing windows, a vaulted ceiling and spiral staircase to the third floor. There are also two bathrooms at this level. On the third floor is a principal guest bedroom suite whilst the remainder of the upper levels combine to provide a luxurious master suite. There is a library (which could also be a bedroom), dressing room and bathroom on the third floor. Stairs rise to a fourth floor master bedroom, unique in the crescent. The master bedroom is truly staggering with balconies to both the front and rear. The views are breathtaking.

In addition to the main living accommodation there are numerous basement rooms, store rooms and vaults.

To the rear of the house are gardens primarily laid to lawn, offering outside space on a large scale rarely found in the city. A further feature is the separate coach house accessed via Lansdown Mews. Ancillary accommodation is arranged over two floors.

There is rear access and a parking area as well as an open garage.

Square Footage: 13,582 sq ft


From central Bath proceed north up Lansdown Road. The Lansdown Grove Hotel will be found on the right: take the next left into Lansdown Place East, which leads to Lansdown Crescent, where number 7-8 can be found towards the centre of the crescent on the right hand side.

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