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Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Area: City Centre Bathrooms: 1 Parking: 0
Weekly: From £630.00 Short breaks: Please call
This stunning private retreat for two is part of a classic Georgian townhouse in central Bath. Much more than one might expect from a studio apartment, it boasts an outdoor courtyard, sleek modern kitchen and breakfast area as well as a sumptuous studio room with fabulous ensuite bathroom. The apartment is situated in a remarkably quiet location yet in the heart of the beautiful 18th century Bathwick estate and just a few steps away from the famous Pulteney Bridge and thriving city life. Please note, entrance to the property is down a set of steep stone steps.

Johnstone Retreat


Uniquely designed apartment

Quiet city centre location

Contemporary kitchen with breakfast table

Two large original sash windows with working shutters

Sumptuous studio room with 5' double bed, smart TV, sofa and extendable dining table and chairs

Fabulous ensuite bathroom

Underfloor heating

Just a short walk to the Abbey and Bath’s many attractions

10 minutes walk to railway station

Steep stone steps down to the property

Full description

William Johnstone gave his name to this street as he developed what was to become the world-famous architectural heritage of the Pulteney Estate. Built at the end of the 18th century to designs by architect Thomas Baldwin, Johnstone Street is the epitome of classical Palladian architecture. Johnstone was reputedly the wealthiest man in Great Britain and 1767 became Sir William Pulteney, sharing the name and fortune of his wife, Frances Pulteney.

Houses such as this were built for people to come from their country estates to enjoy the attractions and entertainments of Bath. They would bring a small retinue of staff and the properties would be full of life and entertainment. This apartment has been created from the fascinating kitchens of the house on the lower ground floor - the original fireplaces which would have been the hub of the household can still be seen.

Johnstone’s Retreat is approached down a steep set of original stone steps to the front courtyard - an ideal spot for breakfast or morning coffee on a summer’s day. The main door leads to a loggia where guests may also sit with alfresco drinks or morning coffee.

A few steps lead up inside the apartment and a striking contemporary yet compact kitchen in red steel, complete with small dishwasher, fridge with ice box, 2 ring induction hob and combination convection oven and microwave. Here is also a sweet little antique Pembroke table - perfect for a quick meal or a glass of wine while dinner is being prepared.

The main studio room gives a striking and contemporary twist on the former Georgian kitchens which would have occupied this floor over two centuries ago. The bold terracotta walls give a warm glow to this high-ceilinged room with its sparkling chandelier and wash of light from the two enormous original sash windows.

Another feature given a 21st century twist is the great fireplace which today houses a digital and freeview TV where you can access all the major streaming channels as you cosy up on the sofa with a netflix movie. Adjacent is a built-in wardrobe with space to store a suitcase or two.

There is also an elegant drop-leaf antique table for dinner before you close the shutters at night, draw the curtains and slide into the sumptuous five-foot king bed beneath its tapestry hangings and tester overhead, complete with period fittings including crystal wall lights either side.

The half-panelled bathroom is sheer luxury with the focal point being the double ended roll top bath with shower over containing both a rain shower head and an adjustable hand held shower. You can enjoy a long soak here choosing one of the three lighting states available in this room. Beneath another of the historic fireplaces, now panelled with recycled timbers and marble, you can also find the washing machine. There is ample space here for additional toiletries and a further cupboard beneath the wash basin.

The property is just a 10 minute level walk to the Bath Spa mainline train and coach stations.

Services Included

  • Welcome pack
  • Linens and towels
  • Weekly clean (min 11 night stay)
  • Weekly linen change (min 11 night stay)
  • Free internet access
  • All utilities (except telephone charges)
Given the secret nature of this fabulous apartment its hard to believe that you are in the centre of a bustling city and only around the corner from Bathshistoric sites, shops, bars and restaurants.

Everything that this lovely historic city has to offer is truly on your doorstep. A wonderful selection of restaurants, pubs, shops, convenience stores and cafes line the streets within a stone's throw. Alternatively indulge all your foodie whims at Waitrose supermarket around the corner and dine in the comforts of your own property.

In the evening book a show at The Theatre Royal, Komedia Comedy, the Odeon or The Little Theatre Cinema, all of which are a short stroll away. Dip into the soothing waters of the Thermae Spa or enjoy Historical Bath by visiting the Roman Baths, the Bath Abbey, Assembly rooms or one of the many Museums all within easy walking distance. The hoborne museum is less than a 5 minute walk away and Victoria park in the city center boasts indoor tennis courts, botanical gardens, crazy golf, children’s playground, hot air ballooning and much more. Sydney Gardens and Henrietta Park are are a short walk away. You can also take advantage of proximity to The Rec, home of Bath Rugby with the season running from September to May and matches every two weeks. Tel the Box Office outside the grounds 0871 721 1865 to book tickets up to 4 weeks in advance or visit for online tickets.

Key Features

Area: City Centre
Double Bedrooms: 5' king size bed
Twin Bedrooms or Double: 0
Twin Bedrooms: 0
Single Bedrooms: 0
Family Bedroom: 0
Sleeps: 2
Children: Over 7 yrs
Parking Spaces: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Pets: No
Weekly Price: £630.00 - 780.00
Short Break from: £260.00
Rating N/A


  • Iron
  • Hair Dryer
  • Digital radio, bluetooth enabled
  • TV
  • Netflix movies
  • Washer
  • FF Kitchen
  • Garden Furniture
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Wifi

Floor Plans & Access Statements

You can download floor plan and access statements for this property from the links below.

Floor Plan Access Statement


It was a great experience
Johnstone Retreat Jj - 2022-08-02
A beautiful Georgian Apartment with a fantastic location in Central Bath. The chocolates, white wine and shortbread welcome basket was much appreciated and enjoyed!
Johnstone Retreat Katherine - 2022-07-24
Our stay at Johnstones retreat was lovely. Great location to the city of bath and we could walk to all the sites bars & restaurants. Would definitely recommend for a short break. Bed comfortable & lovely bathroom
Johnstone Retreat Helen - 2022-05-06
Fantastic flat with everything you need and the location was perfect! Cannot wait to return!
Johnstone Retreat Zahrah - 2022-03-13
Great location, comfy bed, lovely bath
Johnstone Retreat Andy & Rah - 2022-02-20
My experience was smooth, easy, hassle free, and with good communication. They were able to accommodate for all needs, and provided the perfect amount of information needed. Location is in a quieter area but a very short walk from the city centre. Very accurately described. I would happily stay again.
Johnstone Retreat Chris - 2022-01-09
The BEST location in Bath. Close to everything, but just across the bridge to avoid the noise of the traffic or nightlife. Highly recommended! Comfy bed, large tub/shower, and a genuinely charming and beautiful place. Communication is excellent and they even provide an app with instructions, guidebook, recommendations, etc.
Johnstone Retreat Dave - 2021-12-15
A fab place in a perfect location to explore Bath. Has everything you could need for a short stay away! Would definitely recommend :)
Johnstone Retreat Kelly - 2021-11-05
Great apartment! Central location, compact apartment with many original features. Communication before and during stay timely and clear. Straightforward check in. The welcome basket a surprise , thank you! The apartment is close to shops , local coffee shops and to the centre of town - everything within walking distance.
Johnstone Retreat Margaret - 2021-11-01
Perfectly located for a weekend break in Bath, and the property had all the necessary amenities for a comfy stay. Would happily rebook and recommend to all others looking for somewhere in Bath.
Johnstone Retreat Rupert - 2021-10-03
Great garden flat in a perfect location. We had all the amenities we needed for our weekend stay and the parking pass was an added bonus. Communication with the host was great and they left us with booklet of very useful information/recommendations of the area. I would definitely stay here again!
Johnstone Retreat Sarah - 2021-09-19
Highly highly recommend! Not only was the apartment stunning (the pictures are great but it’s even better in real life), but the location couldn’t have been better and was literally a 5 minute walk from the Roman baths! The hosts were extremely helpful and accommodating and staying here was a highly enjoyable experience!
Johnstone Retreat Louisa - 2021-09-08
A really lovely little apartment, all the basic necessities needed provided and some lovely little extra touches make this a perfect short stay whilst in Bath. 100% would stay again.
Johnstone Retreat Andrew - 2021-08-30
Thank you so much the room was amazing and the hamper was great touch. Great location and the parking permit is a great add on.
Johnstone Retreat Jack - 2021-08-24
“Superb host, you made us very welcome. Thank you very much”
Johnstone Retreat Mark - 2021-06-27
Perfect in every way! Absolutely fantastic apartment and really wonderful hosts! We arrived about an hour and a half late due to being caught in an accident, and Nicholas waited up to greet us and show us around. The apartment was equipped with everything we could have needed and was lovely and cosy , we will definitely be returning!
Johnstone Retreat Olivia - 2021-05-28
“Beautifully furnished and impeccably stylish - fabulous location in central Bath for a few days escape. Many thanks for a lovely stay in the apartment on Johnstone St - beautiful luxury for a few days. Would highly recommend!”
Johnstone Retreat Victoria - 2021-05-05
This is a new property as of December 2020. We would love for you to visit and be our first guests to enjoy this fabulous property
Johnstone Retreat Alexa - 2020-12-03

Services Included

  • Welcome pack
  • Linens and towels
  • Weekly clean (min 11 night stay)
  • Weekly linen change (min 11 night stay)
  • Free internet access
  • All utilities (except telephone charges)

Chargeable Services Available

  • Additional cleaning, £36 per 2 hours
  • Additional linen changes £36 per bedroom
  • Admin fee
Concierge Service Available


Please don't hesitate to give the Bath Holiday Rentals team a call on +44 (0)1225 482 225 if you have questions about choosing your ideal property, making bookings or anything else.