7 and 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’ just above the city centre but benefitting from far reaching countryside views.
Number 7 and 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 and 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 four 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.
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