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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Scrase

Own a slice of Cromer's history

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Press release: Cromer's iconic 'The Bath House' just launched on the property market following £2m investment

One of Cromer’s most iconic buildings, The Bath House, has just been launched on North Norfolk’s ‘white -hot’ property market by Big Skies Estates.

Having stood empty on and off for 13 years, Coventry-based property developer Jane Kinnaird bought the building early last year – a former spa where Victorian’s would ‘take the waters’.

This week, following a £2m investment (including the price of buying building) and year-and-a-half renovation project, The Bath House has been divided into four properties: two, 2-storey houses and two apartments, one on each floor. Each property has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

One of the four properties, the upper floor apartment, is due to be released next year.

“Although a landmark property, originally a reading room but became a spa when facilities were added in 1824, it was clear that it was never going to sell as a single building again.,” says Jane.

Now, painted bright yellow and a beacon on Cromer’s famous ‘prom’ The Bath House, Boycott House and Lower Bath House offer bright, contemporary luxury living whilst being sympathetic to the building’s long if chequered past.

“I’m delighted that this renovation has brought a much-loved building back to life,” ends Jane.

The property comprises:

The Bath House , guide price £750K, holiday let potential: £48,462 p/a.

A 2 storey house, with Gaggenau kitchen, a personal spa with sauna and wet room and a secret roof terrace.

Boycott House, guide price £720K, holiday let potential: £48,462 p/a.

A 2 bedroom, two bathroom house over two floors. Sea views from every window, entrances front and side. Kitchen Haus fitted kitchen, Bosch twin steam ‘Bake-off’ oven, chariot slipper bath.

Lower Bath House, guide price £650K, holiday let potential: £41,580 p/a.

Ground floor apartment with sea views from open plan living room and master bedroom, fenced terrace / loggia outside.

This is not the first time that Jane has redeveloped an iconic UK property. A career developer of 35 years, her biggest undertaking was transforming The Menagerie, a lakeside mansion near Coventry that was built in 1771 for Lady Craven, once Europe’s wealthiest women. The building, a private zoo and hunting lodge, was a replica of a menagerie built for Marie Antoinette at The Palace of Versailles.

Hetti Simpson, owner of Big Skies Estates Ltd, says: “We're both delighted and privileged to offer one of Cromer's most iconic buildings for sale. Jane and her team have beautifully redefined this landmark, seafront building, creating wonderfully distinct luxury properties whilst being sympathetic to the building's historic past.”


The Bath House – A potted history

1814 – Property built as a reading room

1824 - Converted in to a spa with bathing facilities; a retreat for wealthy Victorians to ‘take the waters’ out of the public eye.

1836 – Property rebuilt as private home for schoolmaster Simeon Simons, following the spa being damaged in a storm.

1872 – brewer and wine merchant James Chapman converted it into a hotel, adding the west wing for use as a billiard room

The Bath House was used as a pub / hotel throughout the 20th century, before being bought by Dr Barry Connell and his wife, Anji in 1999. They originally planned to return it to a spa suite with restaurant and bedrooms, but converted it into a private house, prompting a planning dispute.

2016 – There was a mixed reaction from locals after speculation Libertines museum Carl Barat wanted to turn it into a nightclub.

About Big Skies Estates

Launched in 2019 by Hetti Simpson, Holt-based Big Skies Estates is the only estate agency to specialise in the sale of second homes and investment properties that also generate income as holiday cottage businesses. Having previously founded one of North Norfolk’s most successful and award-winning holiday letting agencies, Norfolk Hideaways a decade earlier, Hetti is ideally placed to offer both estate agency and holiday let income advice.

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