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Restoration


MUSE TOWNHOUSE The commercial property turned luxury 5 star accommodation “The house was structurally in good condition having been well-maintained by St John’s Hospital for many years, however its interior was somewhat sad having been used as offices for many years,” says house manager Anne Marie Brennan. “The brief was to create a luxurious


Georgian town house offering visitors to Bath a 5 star accommodation experience that met the exacting standards offered by the other properties held within the Muse portfolio,” part of the YTL group, which also owns the much-anticipated Gainsborough Hotel just a street away. “A professional team were needed to sympathetically deal with the restoration of this significantly historic important building, and architect Simon Morray- Jones and Peter Higgins of Eton Design were appointed. Challenges included access to the property for the carefully selected contractors due to a warren of staircases, severely restricted vehicular access due to its proximity to the Cross Baths and, of course, restrictive hours of work so as not to cause a nuisance to local residents. “Deliveries were planned with military


Clockwise from above: The unusual internal garden room; how’s that for a kitchen? You’ll find five floors of opulence and extravagance at Muse Townhouse; the magnificent master bedroom with silver canopy and metal bath; attention to detail is the name of the game in this exceptional property


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precision and everything was man- handled with various products often being carried great distances through the city centre. Certain items had to be hand-built within the property due to the limited size of internal doors including the stunning master bedroom bed canopy and the sumptuous Knowle sofas in the first floor drawing room. Eton Designs’ team of wall-upholsterers, gilders and furniture craftsmen worked at night and at weekends to make the magic happen apparently seamlessly!


“The house offers many hidden


treasures to its guests as they rise from the unusual internal garden room with its discreet wall fountain up to the richly furnished drawing room in tones of burnt orange and mocha, and up to the elaborate master bedroom suite with its silver canopy, metal bath and soft furnishings in a mix of teal and intricate silk walls and curtains. The wall upholstery depicts the garden of Eden and we know the temptations involved in that story. The master bedroom has three sets of window treatments at each window catering to any mood. “The style of the house which is


typical of each unique Muse property is one of opulence, extravagance and a 21st-century take on the height of Georgian interior fashion. Every guest comfort has been considered and addressed without compromising the authenticity of the property. Period Bath properties are all about balance, symmetry and logic and provide the finest backdrop for luxurious furnishings and intriguing surprises.”


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