A landmark building overlooking the sea in Cromer for sale for £1.2 million
PUBLISHED: 13:01 03 July 2018
One of the county’s most renowned seaside homes, The Bath House in Cromer, with some of the most impressive interiors and the best sea view, is for sale again for £1.2 million.
It’s a landmark building in Cromer; if you walk along the promenade, you can’t fail to notice the pale yellow house with a verandah looking out to sea towards the pier.
Called the Bath House, it was built in 1814 originally as a reading room but then became a Victorian spa with bathing facilities added in 1824.
Water was pumped from the sea into tanks and warmed so that wealthy folk could visit to ‘take the waters’ in private. After it was damaged in a storm, it was rebuilt in 1836 and became 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. As a hotel, you could dine there at the turn of the century with menus still in existence describing oxtail soup for starters, boiled cod in oyster sauce or boiled mutton in caper sauce for main and plum pudding for dessert.
In more recent years the building 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.
Being situated at the end of the Gangway, literally on the promenade, the Bath House offers one of the best, and closest, views of the sea in Norfolk.
In recent years the building was the subject of an extensive restoration project, undertaken by the present owners and provoked some debate among locals a few years ago when it was thought it might be turned into a nightclub but this did not happen. The last time it came on the market, local people in Cromer had hoped it would become a public house or restaurant again.
The house boasts superb interiors including a cinema, a library, a spa with a steam room and sauna, four bedrooms, four reception rooms and two pantries, extending to more than 5000 sqft.
The ground floor offers wonderful entertaining space with both the formal sitting room and dining hall having direct access onto private terraces that overlook the promenade and beach beyond. Further receptions include a library and study. It also boasts a sleek ‘Gaggenau’ German-made kitchen. Upstairs are four bedrooms, all with lavish en suites including a master suite spanning across three inter-connecting areas that include the bedroom, an elevated sitting room, an en suite and dressing room.
Outside, is a garden area in an elevated position commanding superb views over the historic pier, the beach and coastline beyond. Additional private terraces provide outside dining options and parking is via permit holder bays.
For more information contact Sowerbys on 01263 710777 or www.sowerbys.com
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