Overview They say a picture tells a thousand words. So how do we attempt to describe the indescribable? The Bath House is one of the most historic, cleverly converted homes in St Leonards. Its past tells stories of a school swimming bath, a Church and a glass factory. Completely dilapidated on purchase, our vendors have renovated this wonderous property into a family property with bowling alley and home cinema. With a plethora of fine and fun features, exciting entertaining spaces meet comfortable family living, all under one roof.
History The Turkish Baths were built in 1875 but were only open for 6 years before closing due to competition in the area. Uplands Girl's school bought the building and built an extension to the rear which housed a salt water swimming pool. The school later sold the building and during the 1920's it became a local community hall. During the war, St Leonards Parish Church was destroyed by a bouncing bomb and The Bath House became an emergency church for nearly 10 years playing host to many happy weddings and family occasions. It was then bought in the 1950's and became a science glass factory (Scientific House) until the late 1990's when it fell into disrepair. In 2013 the current vendors bought the derelict building and converted it into a spectacular and unique family home.
Location St Leonards is a fantastic and vibrant seaside town with many shops, restaurants and bars. The beach is on your doorstep and St Leonards Gardens is just across the road, providing a beautiful tranquil space to escape to. The local community are lovely, friendly and welcoming and the vendors felt instantly at home here and will be extremely sad to leave.
Reception hall The front door is surrounded by stone work and exposed brick, leading you into an atmospheric reception hall. The wide oak floorboards lead you to a set of double doors, glimpsing into the wonderous reception space beyond.
Reception room and kitchen Prepare to be amazed. Historic elegance meets 21st century family living. The initial impact of this space is exactly that, the space on offer. It is hard not to be awe-struck on the bowling alley which runs down the side of the room, but there is a basketball hoop too! The vendors have designed the room with comfortable living and study spaces, each area with its own feel and atmosphere. Tucked in the corner, a quiet and comfortable spot to relax and enjoy a night in front of the tv. In the middle, study areas with cleverly designed storage. As you descend towards the kitchen, a formal dining space sits under some modern lighting. Then there is the kitchen. Whilst the whole room is blessed with finishing touches, the kitchen is in its own league. Hinting back to the days of glass making, the vendors have designed the storage to repeat the industrial feel. 6 industrial lockers are hard to miss, with great pantry style storage facilities. The base units and surfaces are an eclectic mix of materials. Metal units with glass shelves work wonderfully in this space, along with copper touches and stone surfaces against wooden cladded and exposed brick walls. Currently with a Cuisine Master oven and an aeg extractor fan, built in dishwasher and space for an American style fridge freezer. Round the edge of the room are glimpses of the original tiling which bordered the swimming bath in days gone by. The wooden floor stretches across the centre and sits on top of the bathing pool which now cleverly provides deep storage area under the main reception room. Accessed via a wooden staircase from the kitchen, this enormous space has potential for another reception space, a child's snug or playroom perhaps. The ambience of the room is created by the enormous glazed roof lantern which stretches the length of the room with roof windows opening upwards with views of the sky and hints of stained glass dotted throughout. The variety of wooden beams are spectacular, and the roof lights bathe the living space with natural light that changes throughout the day.
Mezzanine From the kitchen area, an iron spiral staircase ascends to the first-floor mezzanine. A versatile space which looks down onto the reception hall. A great space to get away from the children and read a good book, the current vendors really enjoy this space as a day bedroom. Lie on a chaise lounge and look up at the sky with the reflections of the stained-glass dancing around you.
Master bedroom suite This wonderful suite is a bedroom to buy for. Situated across the entire first floor, the suite utilises every inch of space, including industrial themed wardrobe and storage space on the landing. Open the stained-glass double doors and enter this magnificent room with a stunning nickel bath featured next to the bed. There are various windows to the front and the rear with sun and sea views. Sophistication meets modern living and stylish sleeping. Behind the bed, you will discover a double shower, low level wc and a basin.
Guest bedroom suite Style, substance and sophistication, a room any guest would be glad to sleep in. This featureful room has a sash window to the front with a stone surround and wooden shutters. Wooden floors guide you to the en-suite bathroom where you will discover a beautiful Victorian style bathroom. A copper roll top bath takes prime position, there are twin sinks and a low level wc. Tiled floor and walls tiled to half height keep the character and window provides light from the rear.
Bedroom three Clever designs and out-of-the-box thinking have created a room which can sleep up to 7 people, all thanks to a great piece of carpentry of the fitted bed. Exciting for children to explore, the room is a real talking point. Featuring a sash window with stone surround to the front.
Family shower room A Victorian themed room dressed with beautiful tiles on the floor and to the walls. Wet room style with double sized shower, wc and hand basin.
Cinema room/bedroom four Follow the signs to the Box Office and discover the cinema room on the lower ground floor! A great space for the entire family to enjoy a movie night or have friends over and entertain. The walls and floor are both wooden, some natural light enters the room from the front so this room could also be utilised as a bedroom if desired.
Utility room From the cinema room, enter through the 'ships door' and find the utility and laundry room. With space and plumbing for white goods, the room is also big enough to dry laundry. The port hole in the rear wall then reveals a secret tunnel which leads to the swimming pool area under the reception room and kitchen.
Externally To the side of the reception room, a door opens to the outside sun terrace. Such a lovely, private space is a rarity locally. Glimpse of the turquoise ocean, a wonderful way to spend your mornings, drinking a cup of coffee and breathing in the sea air.