Cautley House builds its legacy after rising from the ashes
A toast has been raised to celebrate reaching a landmark stage in the regeneration of one of Felixstowe’s most loved buildings as it is being transformed into luxury seafront properties.
Cautley House, formerly known as The Bath Hotel, is part of Gipping Homes’ development of The Bartlet Hospital. It is well known for being partly burned down by suffragettes Evaline Burkitt and Florence Tunks in 1914. The fire destroyed a large section of the hotel, although part of the building survived and was redeveloped to house nursing quarters associated with the Bartlet Hospital.
The surviving element of the original Bath Hotel has been imaginatively extended to accommodate twelve luxury seafront apartments and Gipping Homes’ director, Heather Blemings, who oversaw the ‘topping out’ ceremony, said interest is already high from prospective buyers.
Heather commented: “As with The Bartlet development, prospective buyers are thrilled to be purchasing not only a high quality home, but seaside living and their own piece of history. The Bartlet Hospital and The Bath Hotel are iconic buildings in Felixstowe and Gipping Homes is proud to be preserving their history and giving both buildings a new lease of life!”
The ceremony was led by Cllr Doreen Savage, the newly elected Mayor of Felixstowe and she was joined by current Chair of Suffolk County Council, Cllr Jane Storey. Guests included representatives from project architects Patrick Allen & Associates, estate agents Banham Dark and an array of contractors working on the development.
Cllr Savage said of the ceremony: “We have been so lucky with the weather, it perfectly ‘topped off’ what was a fantastic occasion. The view from the top of Cautley House was superb and showed just how beautiful Felixstowe is. The building enhances the area and has been so sympathetically restored by Gipping Homes, they really have done a wonderful job in bringing this iconic building back to life.”
Jane Storey added: "I have been following the progress of the works at the Bartlett since first seeing the plans some years ago. I was lucky enough to come on a visit last year and was able to see the work in progress. It is great to see a company take on such a labour of love - the restoration has been very sympathetic and the resulting accommodation is first class. I congratulate Gipping Homes on a superb job - well done."
The properties have been launched onto the market this week and are now able to be viewed (by appointment) and are being sold by locally based agents Banham Dark.
For more information about the properties contact agent Banham Dark on 01392 272728