A picturesque Georgian square in Bath has gone on sale for a cool £18.5 million. The property portfolio will be particularly desirable for any lovers of 1800s period drama 'Bridgerton' as the square was used as a filming location.
In the popular Netflix series, which is based on the romance novel by Julia Quinn, Beauford Square was featured as London's Mayfair. The sale includes the square in its entirety along with 13 terraced houses around it, four apartments and two commercial units.
The £18.5 million price tag will also bag the buyer Lark Place, a row of nine Georgian cottages, which are listed buildings, next to Royal Victoria Park, and Royston House, 13 period apartments near Bath Abbey. The dozens of homes are all located very centrally in historic Bath, which is a UNESCO-world heritage site in Somerset.
Regency homes on sale for first time in 300 years
The Grade II listed square dates from 1730 and was designed by architect John Strahan. The south side of Beauford Square is formed by the original frontage to the Theatre Royal and in the centre lies a communal garden, according to Bath Heritage. The houses are built with Georgian Bath stone with a mix of tile and slate roofing
The Grade-listed railings in the square are original and date from 1805. They are shaped like spears to commemorate the pike weapons used during the battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
Lark Place is a row of terraced Georgian cottages dating back to 1840, built with classic Bath limestone and sash windows with stone garden walls and individual cast iron entrance gates. The first floor has a sill band, cornice and parapet. The numbers 1 to 9 Lark Place are listed and are considered particularly well preserved.
All the homes and commercial units currently net the existing owner a rental income of £609,039 a year, according to The Times newspaper.
Used as location for period drama 'Bridgerton'
The square was featured as a location in hit Netflix show Bridgerton, a drama set in 19th-century London. For avid fans of the show, Beauford Square was the backdrop where Eloise and Penelope discussed feminism and bewilderment about being "with child". The railings in particular were in shot.
Filming for the series took place across the UK, with Bath a key spot due to the Regency architecture and Bath stone. The streets were used to create Regency London, with Bath Street, Alfred Street, and Beauford Square taking the place of plush Mayfair.
Other locales served as exterior shots for shops, cafes and a ballroom, while the Holburne Museum of Art stood in for Lady Danbury's house.
So which Duke or Earl is selling for a tidy £18.5m?
The property is not the historical seat of a member of the British aristocracy but is being sold by St John’s Foundation, an 848-year-old community charity.
The 41 homes included in the sale include commercial rents that fund the charity’s work elsewhere.
David Hobdey, the chief executive of St John’s Foundation, told The Times: “It was emotionally a very difficult decision, as they are beautiful buildings that have been with us for hundreds of years.
"But the purpose of the charity is to change lives for good, not to preserve the heritage of Bath, and we’ve taken the strategic decision to rebalance our assets.
“We’re not forced sellers. If we don’t attract the right offer we won’t sell at this stage,” he adds.
The property is listed for sale with Carter Jonas.
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