This weekend I made a very special trip to historic Bath for my best friends hen party.
I cannot believe I had never visited Bath before… It was like my soul-mate city. Home to Miss Austen for six years, everywhere I looked I felt her presence, in the rolling countrysides and church spires and yellow stones of tall rows of Georgian townhouses.
We visited Bath’s Thermae Spa who’s rooftop pool incredibly looked out over the city. We trawled antique shops and markets and discovered independent furniture stores that I will be visiting again.
The discovery that underpinned our whole wonderful weekend however was our residence… the stunning Georgian self catering town house Rennie House. Built in 1778 the property retains many of the original Georgian architectural features. A five story house consisting of seven bedrooms, three bathrooms one grand sitting room a large basement kitchen and dining room – the house was stunning to the last details. Painstakingly restored by owner Rachel – we found it painted in a luscious palette of Farrow and Ball hues and furnished in lovingly scouted pieces from markets in Normandy and the West Country. Blinds were in bold but elegant patterns and tasteful wallpaper mirrored Bath’s landscape.
I kept spotting small personal details, unusual vintage soap dishes and framed embroidery made by Rachel herself adorned all of the rooms. It was such a gentle and quiet house [despite the amount of hens filling it] with the delicate furnishings and historic details that I imagined Miss Austen herself might have approved!
Having spoken to the owner and how much love and time went into this huge property – has inspired me instead of rushing out and trying to finish off the flat as quickly as I can – to take my time and get my own little home just right.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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