Photo gallery: Is this the house with the best view in Norfolk?

The Bath House, Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY The Bath House, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Thursday, September 27, 2012
2:42 PM

Estate agents famously wax lyrical about the value of “location, location, location”.

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The Bath House, Cromer.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYThe Bath House, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Now a house has come onto the market that occupies arguably one of the most sought-after spots in Norfolk - with views to die for.

The Bath House on Cromer promenade is up for grabs for £1.35m.

And, if the location and the stunning views of Cromer pier and the North Sea are not enough, it is also a home with a rich heritage - and a dash of controversy.

The Bath House is being offered for sale by Savills in Norwich, acting on behalf of its owners Barry and Anji Connell.

The Bath House, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYThe Bath House, Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The Connells were at the centre of controversy when, in 2008, they applied to have the former hotel and pub re-listed by North Norfolk District Council as a residential dwelling.

They argued - eventually successfully - that it had been used as a home for more than the four years required for its use to change.

The move, and the subsequent decision, sparked anger in Cromer, with opponents unhappy at the loss of a seafront business.

In its sales documents, Savills calls the Bath House an “important and iconic landmark building”, with “outstanding views over the superb Victorian pier and out to sea”.

Visitors stroll past the Bath House in Cromer in the late 19th century.Visitors stroll past the Bath House in Cromer in the late 19th century.

It adds: “the building, which has recently been lavishly restored, has a fascinating history, very much bound up in Cromer’s development as one of the most fashionable seaside resorts in England.”

Louis de Soissons from Savills said: “it is one of the most important landmark buildings on the north Norfolk coast. It’s the most fascinating place, I think.

“I’ve never seen any house with such amazing views. And more than £1m was spent on it. The quality of the workmanship throughout is remarkable. It’s a one-off.”

He added: “We sell lots of big country houses. I’ve never seen anything quite as unusual and special as this.”

It was originally built in 1814 as a subscription reading room. Bathing facilities were added in 1824 and water was pumped from the sea into tanks so that gentlemen could visit Cromer to take the waters in private.

The present building, which dates from 1836, was the family home of schoolmaster Simeon Simons until 1867 when it was sold to Cromer shop trader Henry Rust.

The next owner was brewer and wine merchant James Chapman, who in 1872 converted the building into a hotel and added the western wing for use as a billiard room.

In more recent years it was owned by Bert and Barbara Wheston, and it remained a hotel until it was bought by former Norfolk county councillor Dr Connell and his wife in 1999.

Having undergone extensive refurbishment, the house now includes its own cinema, a library, a spa with steam room and sauna, four bedrooms, four reception rooms and two pantries.

11 comments

  • It was a "done deal" when this was bought and converted. Just hope the council keep check on it becoming a holiday home.

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    Marigold

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • that view of the parked cars would make every penny worth it.

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    kiwidog

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • No, it's a former pub with one of the best views in Norfolk. It was probably due to the Lib Dem District Council's inability, or choice not to fight the Lib Dem County Councillor's application for change of use, that Cromer lost a significant amenity.

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    Duncan AA

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Both the Surf Life Saving Club and Cedar House Surf Shop have helped bring some commercial benefit to the promenade since this building was granted change of use to a private dwelling. Just think how many more people would spend time 'down the front' if the Bath House were to reopen as a P.H Hotel.

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    Duncan AA

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • The rows of parked cars, people walking past your front windows every day (especially in the summer), litter being thrown down, yobbos urinating against your house wall and door, with foul language from certain less than desirable members of the public - all the views in the world still wouldn't make it desirable enough for me to want to live there!

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    Shirley Scott

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Am i right in saying that Barry and Anji Connell received a grant to help the 'restore' the bath house into a private dwelling? if this is the case will they return that money when they sell there house for £1.35m?

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    grumpy

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • I hope someone buys it and opens it as a PubRestaurant at least we would get proper use out of it as an amenity for the residents and holiday makers.At the moment it looks so dead and empty!

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    gill tibble

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • I hope someone buys it and opens it as a PubRestaurant at least we would get proper use out of it as an amenity for the residents and holiday makers.At the moment it looks so dead and empty!

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    gill tibble

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • I must agree with david106, there is not a lot of privacy at this house as it can be passed by any holiday makersanyone in fact in Cromer.

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    Christopher Neave

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • The best view is from North Lodge in the North Lodge Park above this building.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • One downside to it is having riff raff walk past your window everyday and people using your doorway as a toilet at night a bit like living down riverside

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    david106

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

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