Victorian bathhouse converted into incredible family home with its own bowling alley and home cinema

A bath house made with bricks which is detached and has views of the sea
The Grade II Listed property by the sea is a renovated Victorian bathhouse some unusual features (Image credit: M&W Lettings)

A former Victorian bath house has been converted into a stunning family home, complete with bowling alley and home cinema.

The Grade II Listed property, in Burton St Leonards, dates back to 1868 when families often did not have access to  their own wash facilities at home. Not only did these bathhouse serve as important hygiene facilities, they also became social hubs with saunas and massages offered — later becoming the spas we now use today.

However, bathhouses fell out of favour as more households gained their own wash facilities. This has meant many old bathhouse buildings, often with incredibly intricate architecture, are perfect for renovators to convert when looking for their next renovating a house project. 

Take the tour of what the owners of this one have achieved below.

Large 60ft by 40ft open-plan living room

The property was completely renovated in 2013 to create a large open-plan multi-functional living room.

The open-plan living space is 60ft by 40ft and includes all its original wooden flooring, a domed ceiling, and crystal chandeliers, as well as unusual vintage amusements signage on one of the walls. Exposed bricks add a slight industrial look to the finish as well as the original floor tiling being retained too.

A spiral staircase leads up a level to a mezzanine floor, an additional level added between the main floors for extra space. This provides some mezzanine ideas to take inspiration from.

Fairground theme with fun at the heart of the home

The home is built around fun with a Victorian fairground theme flowing throughout the property with clowns painted on the walls and old-fashioned signs. 

It has a fully working bowling alley, a huge dining table which fits 14 guests and a secret cinema room with what is possibly the largest sofa in the UK (we can't actually backup that claim but the sofa is definitely huge). These provide some brilliant renovation ideas if you're looking to entertain.

En suite bedrooms with tin baths and emerald tiles

The former bathhouse has three bedrooms, each with exposed brick walls and en suite bathrooms.

The master bedroom has a hidden bathroom behind the bed with a tin bath sitting to the side, plus a fireplace in the corner of the room. One of the bathrooms also includes an emerald tiled design as another nod to the property's Victorian roots.

The house is on the market with M&W Property who have listed the home for £1,250,000.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.