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Bailbrook Lane, Batheaston, Bath

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Added on 09/07/2021
Strutt & Parker, Bath

Key features

  • Existing house with 4 bedrooms
  • Consent to build a contemporary family house of exceptional design
  • 16.99 acres in all

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

An opportunity to create an exciting and dynamic contemporary family house of exceptional design on the lower slopes of Solsbury Hill with superb view, existing ancillary buildings and established gardens and grounds.

Bath 3 miles. London (Paddington) from 75 minutes from Bath Spa Station. M4 (junction 18) 10 miles.

The Vine House (Existing House)
Detached family house with accommodation arranged over three floors providing two reception rooms | Kitchen breakfast room | Utility room | Cloakroom | Four bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Parking area | Private garden | Kitchen garden with greenhouse and Georgian water cistern | Open pastureland | Market garden cultivated vegetable beds | Woodland | Orchard | Large barn (steel and timber construction) comprising ground floor storage (agricultural use) and first floor office and meeting room (B1 use).

Bothy (stone and timer construction) presently operating as a micro-brewery.

Georgian water cistern which provides natural irrigation to the gardens and market garden
In all about 16.99 acres

Bath Springs (Consented House)
Contemporary family house designed by award winning architects Fielden Clegg and Bradley to provide stylish and enjoyable family living space. Occupying an elevated position with far reaching views. Designed to achieve carbon neutral performance. The proposed accommodation is;

Hall | Sitting room with snug Kitchen/dining room | Utility room | Larder | Cloakroom | Study | Library | Principal bedroom with ensuite bathroom | Three further bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms | Guest living/dining/kitchen | Large veranda | Garage | Workshop Parking area | Landscaped gardens and plunge pool border the house.

The property
An exciting opportunity to acquire a residential development opportunity which includes an existing family house with established gardens and grounds, an enacted planning consent for a stunning contemporary family house and an excellent range of buildings and land. The existing dwelling, Vine House is well appointed and suitable for family occupation whilst undertaking the construction of Bath Springs.

The existing consent is for a house of exceptional architecture which combines spacious family living rooms with more intimate study and library all of which benefit from multiple design features and wonderful vistas of the gardens. The design comprises two interlocking one/ two storey elements which create a three storey elevation where they connect. This cleverly accommodates the sloping nature of the site and a pleasing timber and glass colonnaded structure accommodates the principal living areas and master bedroom suite – taking full advantage of the superb views.

In contrast to the timber and glass elevations of the upper floors, the lower elevation is stone clad and this, along with the planted roof combine the house and garden. The rooms are designed to be spacious and both the sitting room and principal bedroom open onto verandas. In practice the lower level with its bedroom suite and kitchen/
sitting/dining room could be used as a self-contained family or guest wing. Bath Springs has been designed to minimise operational energy.

It will maximise use of natural light and natural ventilation and incorporate levels of insulation and air-tightness to avoid energy loss. External shading and exposed thermal mass will be used to reduce the use of mechanical systems. The intention is to have one large photovoltaic cell which should provide more than enough energy for a house of this size and any spare energy generated shall be fed back into the grid.

The planning consent reference is 10/01067/FUL. This is extant as drain works have been laid. Documents are available to view online (

Gardens and grounds
The intention is for the grounds surrounding the proposed dwelling to fully integrate the building within its landscape with existing trees. Meadow and wild flower banks to border the new drive and property elevations. An existing kitchen garden is situated below the site for Bath Springs and provides raised beds, a seating area and Hartley Botanic Greenhouse all with automated (app controlled) water system. A Georgian built stone water sistern acts as a holding tank for a spring which produces approximately 30.000 litres of water per day. The majority of the grounds are arranged as pasture land. Incorporated within the pasture are two cultivated market gardens growing soft fruits and vegetables. There is an established orchard and the whole is bordered by a strip of established woodland along the northern boundary. A seating area nestles below the woodland with BBQ, water and electricity supply.

Ancillary buildings
A large two storey modern barn provides agricultural use/storage space on the ground floor and an external staircase leads to a large well-appointed first floor office and meeting room.

Positioned on the lower slopes of Solsbury Hill, just off Bailbrook Lane in the village of Batheaston, to the east of the Georgian city of Bath. Solsbury Hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort and lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and was the inspiration for the Peter Gabriel song Solsbury Hill (recorded in 1977). Batheaston borders the River Avon and offers a primary school, a pharmacy, public house, and parish church of St John the Baptist. Bath is approximately 3 miles to the west and enjoys international renown

Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site Bath provides excellent leisure, cultural, and sporting opportunities including its popular theatre and premiership Rugby club. The M4 motorway is 10 miles north of the city (junction 18). London (Paddington) from Bath Spa mainline station (journey time from 75 minutes) and Bristol Temple Meads station (journey time from 15 minutes).

Bath has an excellent range of schools with the most notable being Prior Park, Monkton Combe,King Edwards, The Royal High School (girls) and Kingswood.



Bailbrook Lane, Batheaston, Bath


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Bath Spa Station2.1 miles
  • Oldfield Park Station2.7 miles
  • Freshford Station4.4 miles
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