A rare un­pol­ished Geor­gian gem

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When I first started sell­ing houses in Bath in the 1990s, a Geor­gian house in need of ren­o­va­tion would come along ev­ery six weeks. Now, it’s more like one a year,’ says An­drew Cro­nan of Strutt & Parker, for whom Christ­mas has come early in the shape of 7, Sion hill Place (right), one of a ter­race of el­e­gant Grade I-listed Geor­gian town houses built by John Pinch the el­der in 1815.

Strutt & Parker (020–7629 7282) quote a guide price of £1.495m for the un­spoilt Geor­gian gem, which stands in a quiet back­wa­ter on the up­per slopes of Bath, with far-reach­ing southerly views over the city to the open coun­try­side beyond.

For years, 7, Sion hill Place was the home of Bath cam­paigner Maj An­thony Crom­bie, who was hor­ri­fied at the ease with which Geor­gian ter­races were be­ing de­mol­ished and re­placed with poor-qual­ity 1960s and 1970s build­ings. Maj Crom­bie be­came a stal­wart of the Bath Preser­va­tion Trust, cas­ti­gat­ing de­vel­op­ers and es­tate agents alike over a pe­riod of 40 years. Dur­ing that time, the so­ci­ety—rep­re­sented in court by the ma­jor him­self, in or­der to save costs—won a land­mark plan­ning-law case in 1990/91, which strength­ened the pro­tec­tion of ar­chi­tec­turally im­por­tant con­ser­va­tion ar­eas through­out the coun­try.

Maj Crom­bie be­lieved in prac­tis­ing what he preached, as his much-loved Geor­gian home re­veals. It now needs com­plete ren­o­va­tion, Mr Cro­nan ex­plains, although it still re­tains fine Geor­gian fea­tures, such as ceil­ing cor­nic­ing, full sash win­dows, im­pres­sive fire­places and stair­cases.

Orig­i­nally ar­ranged as three dwellings, with lower-ground floor and top-floor flats, it now of­fers the chance to cre­ate a splen­did fam­ily home on five floors, with a su­perb bay win­dow over­look­ing the gar­den to the rear.

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