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A Cookery Writer Lives Here: A 232-Year-Old House in Bath Turned Holiday Let

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A Cookery Writer Lives Here: A 232-Year-Old House in Bath Turned Holiday Let

March 30, 2022

Remodelista contributor Nell Card first uncovered the design-led holiday retreat in Bath called The Curator’s Apartment, renovated during lockdowns in 2020, and ever since we’ve pored over the way the design of each room conveys personality and story—in that case, of a fictional curator “who loves a mixture of the old and the new and would have more traditional forms of art hanging on the walls as well as more gallery-like installations,” creator, designer, and property developer Tina Liu told Nell at the time.

Two years later, we were intrigued to see that Liu has now expanded her rental offerings into The Curated Collection with the addition of two historic flats, each evoking a singular spirit all its own and giving the sense that some particular character—a curator, a writer, a cook—has just stepped out. As Tina and co. describe on the Curated Collection site: “Each of our holiday lets has been lovingly renovated from a run-down state, always with a theme in mind from the start, inspired either by historic features present in the building itself or the local area.”

Today we’re taking a look at the newly available flat called The Aspiring Cook, nestled in a row of classic Georgian terrace houses, with interiors inspired in part by English writer Hannah Glasse and her revolutionary 1747 book, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, which went on to become a bestseller of that century.

What might an aspiring cook’s flat look like? Take a look.

the row house was built in \1790 by renowned bath architect thomas baldwin as a 9
Above: The row house was built in 1790 by renowned Bath architect Thomas Baldwin as a part of the Bathwick Estate. The ground-level holiday flat has its own private entrance and sleeps two.
the kitchen is suitably outfitted for a cook, with a double basin sink and all  10
Above: The kitchen is suitably outfitted for a cook, with a double-basin sink and all manner of accoutrements.
inspiration for the renovation also came from the fact that, in georgian times, 11
Above: Inspiration for the renovation also came from the fact that, in Georgian times, the basement or ground level would have been where the kitchen was and where cooks slept. The flat now is upgraded for the twenty-first century with an easy, open living space while preserving its original bones.
walls are done over in rich ochre hues—&#8\2\2\1;historic colors,&am 12
Above: Walls are done over in rich ochre hues—”historic colors,” according to the Curated Collection site.
a casual dining area is lit by one of many sash windows. note the old kitchen n 13
Above: A casual dining area is lit by one of many sash windows. Note the old kitchen nook, preserved, with its original cast-iron doors and cookers. The time-worn fireplace surround that spans this wall is 200 years old.
down the hall to the bedroom and thoroughly updated wc (though, tall guests, ta 14
Above: Down the hall to the bedroom and thoroughly updated WC (though, tall guests, take note: The bath has era-appropriate low ceilings: 1.93 meters, or about 6’4″).
in keeping with the cookery theme, antique copper pots are displayed on the sta 15
Above: In keeping with the cookery theme, antique copper pots are displayed on the stair.
into the bedroom, which can be made up with either two single or one king size  16
Above: Into the bedroom, which can be made up with either two single or one king-size bed. (Importantly, when pushed together, the beds are “quite stable,” according to the Curated Collection site, “so you would not ‘fall into a gap’ when lying in the middle.”)
the bedroom looks out at the small private garden in the back. the flat is avai 17
Above: The bedroom looks out at the small private garden in the back. The flat is available for £85 on weekdays and £115 on weekends.

For more information and to book, head to The Aspiring Cook.

And for more historic-minded renovations in the city of Bath, may we recommend:

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