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Welcome to the fun house! Victorian Turkish bathhouse hits market for £1.5m 

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A former Victorian Turkish bathhouse that was transformed into a luxury circus-themed family home complete with an arcade machine, bowling alley, bar and giant clown face has gone on the market for £1.5 million. 

The Bath House in St Leonards-On-Sea in East Sussex overlooks the seafront and combines ‘Turkish-inspired decor with Victorian character’.

The eclectic property was built in 1871 and started life as a bathhouse which closed after six years, before it was used as a school house then a place of worship when the local church was bombed during the Second World War. 

It now boasts its own bar, a nickel freestanding bath, stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, a crawl-through tunnel to the utility room and American-style lockers which act as kitchen store cupboards. 

The four-bed house has been decorated with elaborate themes of circus, burlesque and the carnival. 

The Bath House in St.Leonards-On-Sea in East Sussex overlooks the seafront and combines 'Turkish-inspired decor with Victorian character'

The Bath House in St.Leonards-On-Sea in East Sussex overlooks the seafront and combines ‘Turkish-inspired decor with Victorian character’ 

A grand and imposing front entrance door with stone surround leads into the entrance hall. The bathhouse was built in 1871

A grand and imposing front entrance door with stone surround leads into the entrance hall. The bathhouse was built in 1871

The eclectic property combines ‘Turkish-inspired decor with Victorian character’, and is decorated with themes of circus, burlesque and the carnival

The vendors were able to get their hands on Chelsea F.C’s owner’s old bowling alley while he was throwing it out

The kitchen comes complete with American-style lockers - ideal for storing utensils - or school bags

The kitchen comes complete with American-style lockers – ideal for storing utensils – or school bags 

The property is near St Leonards' town centre while the home boasts views of the East Sussex coastline

The property is near St Leonards’ town centre while the home boasts views of the East Sussex coastline

The home is decorated with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, carnival signage and chandeliers

The home is decorated with portraits of Marilyn Monroe, carnival signage and chandeliers 

Stone steps leading down to cinema room, currently fitted out with drop down projector and a custom made fitted sofa

Stone steps leading down to cinema room, currently fitted out with drop down projector and a custom made fitted sofa

The Bath House is on the market with Platform Property for £1.5million.

The building became a school building and swimming pool before being used as a makeshift place of worship during the 1940s after the local parish church was bombed out during the Second World War. 

In the 1950s manufacturers used the site to make the glass beakers used in school science classes. When that operation closed, the building remained derelict for two decades before it was bought by the current owners.   

The unique home offers a large open-plan living/dining/kitchen space with exposed brickwork, a vaulted ceiling with eight opening roof lite windows and a bowling alley.

A side door leads to an outside courtyard while in the rear is an industrial style kitchen area with copper and driftwood doors, a five ring range cooker, six storage ‘lockers’, space for a American style fridge freezer, and a spiral staircase leading up to the mezzanine level.  

The 'Submarine' inspired utility room, with a porthole for a kids crawl-through and tunnel leading through to the storage space beneath the main reception room

The ‘Submarine’ inspired utility room, with a porthole for a kids crawl-through and tunnel leading through to the storage space beneath the main reception room

The Bath House is a stone's throw from St Leonards'  restaurants, bars, galleries and boutique shops

The Bath House is a stone’s throw from St Leonards’  restaurants, bars, galleries and boutique shops

The third double bedroom with a large front facing sash window with wooden shutters, and a bespoke bunk bed three tiers high that can sleep six

The third double bedroom with a large front facing sash window with wooden shutters, and a bespoke bunk bed three tiers high that can sleep six

The external courtyard has space to sit and enjoy the sunshine on custom benches set into the external wall, with a period sandstone wall, planted beds and access to the front via a secure gate and distant sea views

The external courtyard has space to sit and enjoy the sunshine on custom benches set into the external wall, with a period sandstone wall, planted beds and access to the front via a secure gate and distant sea views

The large open-plan living/dining/kitchen space has been designed to offer multiple separate areas for entertaining and relaxing

The large open-plan living/dining/kitchen space has been designed to offer multiple separate areas for entertaining and relaxing

The mezzanine accessed via an iron spiral staircase from the kitchen area overlooks the reception room

The mezzanine accessed via an iron spiral staircase from the kitchen area overlooks the reception room

The living area has timber flooring, exposed brickwork, a vaulted ceiling with eight opening roof lite windows plus feature stained glass window and a bowling alley

The living area has timber flooring, exposed brickwork, a vaulted ceiling with eight opening roof lite windows plus feature stained glass window and a bowling alley

Towards the rear is the industrial style kitchen area with polished concrete worktops and copper and driftwood doors

Towards the rear is the industrial style kitchen area with polished concrete worktops and copper and driftwood doors

Bedroom two: A guest room with a large front facing sash window with wooden shutters, a feature exposed brick wall, oak floorboards and two radiators

Bedroom two: A guest room with a large front facing sash window with wooden shutters, a feature exposed brick wall, oak floorboards and two radiators

The home is ideal for entertaining parties and guests, with ample room to set furniture around the living room

The home is ideal for entertaining parties and guests, with ample room to set furniture around the living room 

The master bedroom has Velux windows offering sea views and a freestanding nickel bath

Oak beams and the vaulted ceiling above the carnival-themed main living area

Oak beams and the vaulted ceiling above the carnival-themed main living area 

The kitchen has exposed brickwork, a five ring range cooker with an electric hood, six storage 'lockers', space for a American style fridge freezer, a spiral staircase leading up to the mezzanine level, a ceramic sink with a mixer tap, and an integrated dishwasher

The kitchen has exposed brickwork, a five ring range cooker with an electric hood, six storage ‘lockers’, space for a American style fridge freezer, a spiral staircase leading up to the mezzanine level, a ceramic sink with a mixer tap, and an integrated dishwasher

The mezzanine accessed via an iron spiral staircase from the kitchen area overlooks the reception room.

Positioned directly beneath the main reception space is the old swimming pool accessed via a hatch and a staircase leading down from the kitchen. There is also crawling space through a small tunnel into the utility room on the lower ground floor.

The master bedroom boasts sea views, a freestanding nickel bath, and a walk in showering cubicle hidden behind the bed.  

Stone steps lead down to cinema room which has a drop down projector and a custom-made fitted sofa, while the ‘submarine’ inspired utility room has a porthole for children to crawl through a tunnel leading through to the storage space beneath the main reception room.

The home also has an external courtyard with space to entertain guests against the backdrop of distant sea views. 

The Bath House is on the market with Platform Property for £1.5million

The Bath House is on the market with Platform Property for £1.5million

The shower room with a large walk-in shower, a pedestal sink, low-level toilet, part tiled walls, fully tiled floor and a radiator

The shower room with a large walk-in shower, a pedestal sink, low-level toilet, part tiled walls, fully tiled floor and a radiator

His and hers sinks set into a vanity unit with storage beneath in the Turkish-inspired en-suite bathroom

His and hers sinks set into a vanity unit with storage beneath in the Turkish-inspired en-suite bathroom 

A Turkish inspired bathroom complete with hand made freestanding nickel bath and his and hers sinks

A Turkish inspired bathroom complete with hand made freestanding nickel bath and his and hers sinks 

Tom Gilbert, managing director of Platform Property, said: ‘This house really is one-of-a-kind, I certainly haven’t seen anything quite like it. It’s a genuine one-off and is a truly unique property.

‘The building itself is actually an old Turkish bathhouse. The current owners bought it derelict in 2013 and everything you see in there they have done up themselves.

‘The vendor used to work in a fairground when he was younger so he’s kind of reimagined his youth. They’ve spent serious sums of money converting the property; it’s been refurbished from top to bottom.

‘One particularly interesting feature is Roman Abramovich’s old bowling alley. Apparently, he was throwing it out anyway and the vendors got hold of it, it’s an incredible piece of kit.’   



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