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Cleveland House in Bath featured on The Sunday Times ‘Homes to lust after’ list

Posted by Bath Bespoke on 19 April 2017

As part of a regular feature, The Times and The Sunday Times compile a list of homes across the UK that have been designed with the wow factor. It’s a list that often catches our eye and that of readers alike. This week we were really chuffed to see a project we had worked on as part of that list.

Cleveland House

The grade II* listed Cleveland House stands proud in the centre of the historic town of Bath. As The Times highlights: “once the headquarters of the Kennet and Avon Canal Company—and the workplace of Isambard Kingdom Brunel— the property dates back to 1820.” Until recently the building, which straddles the canal, was used for offices. But it was picked up by property developer The Trevor Osborne Group who had the vision to convert this wonderful space into a “ mini-palace with five bedrooms and a domed-ceiling drawing room”.

Now this heritage rich home is worth a cool £3.5m.

Cleveland House in Bath
Cleveland House in Bath

Our involvement 

Back in October 2016, we were asked by The Trevor Osborne Property Group and Emery Building Contractors to help craft a range of bespoke joinery and furniture for the home. The sympathetic restoration of the building required specialist joinery and furniture and attention to detail was key to the success of the project. As such, we manufactured special tooling for our machines based on the existing architectural joinery.

We crafted several bespoke interior doors through the property, making sure to keep to the original style of the building. These were crafted from hardwood. Likewise we also crafted a lot of the bespoke wall panelling throughout the property. We focused heavily on the moulding details to ensure our designs replicated the rich architectural detail of the whole house.

Cleveland House. Ballroom style room featuring bespoke hardwood doors, steps and wall panelling.
Bespoke crafted doors with beautifully detailed heritage wall panelling
White bespoke doors with elaborate wall panelling and decor

We also handcrafted several luxury vanity units and large mirrors for the large bathrooms in the house. This cabinet featured a dark grey matt finish with in built sink basins. The large lux mirror featured de-mister pads behind the surface to ensure the mirror did not fog up.


Likewise, these cabinets [below] were finished in a similar dark grey matt finish but featured free standing ceramic basins. The mirror featured a three tier frame drawing the eye into the large central glass panel—using beautiful moulding detail to echo the home’s history.


As you walk through the home you can see the rich detailing and elegant features typical of a grand mansion in the 19th century.

Greek inspired fireplace in white marble
Simple but elegant staircase
Incredible paintwork and detailing on the ceilings

At the side exterior of the home, we also crafted four large garage doors in a very modern vibrant green. These doors were crafted in Accoya. An incredible material that performs well outdoors. We use this material for all our painted joinery and it comes with a 50 year guarantee meaning our work not only looks beautifully but will last in all conditions.


This has been a fantastic project to work on and it was a real pleasure working alongside The Trevor Osborne Property Group and Emery Building Contractors. They were an incredible group of people who are dedicated to crafting beautiful homes and buildings. It’s great seeing something we’ve worked on being praised by a separate body. One to go down not only in our history, but the history of Bath.

Find out more about our bespoke joinery and furniture services, and get in touch if you have a new project in mind that we can help with.