I know I’ve said it before, but I am always amazed that places like this exist. By that, I mean places pretty much unchanged since the day they were built. Which is definitely the case with this 1960s three-bedroom modernist property in Bath, Somerset, spotted by Matt Somerville.
It really is an amazing find too, described by Ideal Home Magazine in January 1965 as a ‘new adventure in Regency Bath’, this place is very much of its era and as the line indicated, a stark contrast to most of the properties in this particular area.
The build uses plenty of natural materials including stone, wood and slate and takes advantage of its position, which is high above Bath. That does, of course, mean great views of the city, assisted by the considerable glazing to the front of the house.
The only concern is a line in the listing, which indicates that this place is an opportunity to ‘enhance or redevelop this prime residential site’. With a prime plot of 0.75 acres in a sought after area, you suspect that this stunning ’60s build might not live on in its current state. So enjoy it while you can.
As for the layout, it is the 1960s. But more specifically, you approach the house through the double car port, with a half screen and door leading to the entrance hall, with open staircase and cloakroom. That leads onto the study or bedroom four on the ground, the rest of the accommodation on the first floor.
Head up those stairs and you’ll find a spacious open plan living area with pine walls and ceiling, a stone and slate feature fireplace, inset display alcoves and a recessed cocktail cabinet. There’s also a kitchen area (very of its era) and a breakfast area with bench seating.
The west wing of the property comprises the sleeping accommodation, which is the master bedroom, with fitted units and connected bathroom and two further double bedrooms with fitted units. Externally, a sweeping drive leads to a parking area, double car port and adjacent single garage with up and over door. There’s also that ‘generous’ plot with mature and well-maintained gardens.
If you want it, you’ll need to put in an offer in excess of £900,000.
Update: Thanks to Alex for pointing out that the house was designed by architect Mervyn Seal. You can find out more about the architect and his wonderful other houses here.