Biscuit factory, apothecary, emporium, and pub, this Bath property lived many lives before being converted into a house and shop by husband and wife duo, Patrick and Neri Williams, founders of Berdoulat.
Dating from 1739 and designed by John Wood the Elder, the Bath property is a conglomeration of historical structures that were ‘unified’ around 1890 – the aforementioned Bath Oliver Biscuit factory, a store with living accommodations and stables. They’ve been masterfully restored and reconfigured by the couple as a 4,700 sq ft of living space that celebrates British craftsmanship and Georgian bones.
‘Turning that into something that worked for us while remaining true to the historic architectural fabric became our focus’, Patrick told the editors at Inigo’s Almanac. ‘What we’ve created now is a jam-packed shop at the front, our domestic quarters in the middle, which unfold around a central well, and a separate annexe-like home at the back.’
Starting at the street, the glass-fronted commercial space serves as a cafe, store and event space, with seating tumbling out onto the street. The shop is an early Victorian time-hop, outfitted with 19th-century fittings: a wooden counter topped by brass scales and cabinetry filled with antique jars and homeware goods. The old kitchen has been lightly renovated and features a colossal stone fireplace.
Meanwhile, overhead, a gallery skirts the store displaying locally made goods and objects, from blown glass and ceramics to hand-sewn quilts.
A door at the back of the store accesses the family home and its freestanding kitchen, designed by Berdoulat with a glazed screen pantry and custom storage; all daubed in ‘London Brown’ by Edward Bulmer. The living room, beyond, is separated from the courtyard by a concertina glass door and is outfitted with a woodturning stove. Two bedrooms are upstairs, with a third on the ground floor.
Off the courtyard, what was once an old pub is now a self-contained two-bedroom mews house, offering future use as a holiday rental. It has an open-plan kitchen and living space with two bedrooms above, one with views out over the rear of the Circus, the other with an open fireplace and views over the courtyard.
Inigo is marketing the historic Bath property for £2.5m – see more of its spaces in the gallery above.