The story so far: No.15 Great Pulteney sits on Bath’s most iconic neoclassical street, and is made up of a collection of Georgian townhouses with a rich and distinguished past. Even now, as you stroll along its wide pavements – away from the fountain at Laura Place towards the trompe l’oeil outlines of the Holburne Museum – you can almost breathe in the history.
Looking back, we discovered that No.15 Great Pulteney has always been a hub for the city’s beau monde. Scratch the elegant surface, and these beautiful Bath stone walls have been home to everyone from roguish money-laundering admirals and promiscuous colonels to the more genteel titled ladies, perfumers and commissioners of police. We like to imagine that intrigue and drama are part of the very fabric of the buildings, and that entertaining, excitement and extravagance are as much a part of the history as the awe-inspiring structures themselves.
We also like to think that we’re following in the footsteps of our predecessors when it comes to hosting. It was Ellen Hannah Rains who was the driving force behind the creation of the old Carfax Hotel in 1921 – which went on to weather the Blitz and, in one particularly dramatic incident, a delivery van crashing through a window – before it was turned into a temperance hotel for visiting servicemen by the Salvation Army after the Second World War.
At No.15 Great Pulteney, we’ve seen the classical Grade-I façade belie the often very eccentric sum of its inhabitants throughout every stage of its history. It’s this sense of unique personality and ultimately, the unexpected, that we intend to reignite and imbue within our beautifully restored boutique townhouse today.