Now a luxury self-catering holiday home, 5 Edward Street was originally designed by the renowned Georgian architect Thomas Baldwin and built in 1794 as a genteel townhouse as part of his grand Pulteney Estate in what was then the new Bath.
Baldwin had recently completed his magnificent Guildhall and his dream was to link the beauty of the Sydney Pleasure Gardens with the new Pulteney Bridge inspired by Florence’s Ponte Vecchio.
Nelson’s mistress, Emma Hamilton, was one of the first residents of Edward Street and both Jane Austen and William Pitt soon became near neighbours.
The house is a rare example of a perfectly intact classic Georgian townhouse. It was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall in the mid 1900’s and under the ownership of His Royal Highness Prince Charles escaped being divided up into so many flats.
Prince Charles visited the property regularly from when he was a boy and it is likely that the house helped inspire his long-term love of Bath and of classical architecture.
The current owners, Kate and Alex Timms, bought the property at the turn of the Millennium and have spent the last few years painstakingly restoring it back to its original splendour as a townhouse for the rich and fashionable.