Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1 Area: City Centre Bathrooms: 1 Parking:0
Weekly: From £530.00 Loading pricing Loading pricing
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

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Feature Value
Area: City Centre
Double Bedrooms: 5' king size bed
Twin Bedrooms or Double: 0
Twin Bedrooms: 0
Single Bedrooms: 0
Family Bedroom: 0
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Feature Value
Sleeps: 2
Children: Over 7 yrs
Parking Spaces: 0
Bathrooms: 1
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Feature Value
Pets: No
Weekly Price: £530.00 - 655.00
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  • 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


Beautiful apartment with a lot of character
Johnstone Retreat Camille - 2024-06-18
We loved this space - it does not feel like a basement as it has very high ceilings and windows. The space had everything we needed including a washing machine! The apartment has two different tables and chairs you can use for serving a small meal and the kitchen provided us a tiny but perfect food prep space. Only tricky with this space is the shower in the clawed tub - it was hard not to get water on the floor while showering and the shower space is tight inside the curtain. The bath is fabulous! Location is perfect to reach all the sights!
Johnstone Retreat Jennifer - 2024-06-15
Fantastic location 3m walk to Cathedral. Quiet dead-end street. Cosily decorated basement apartment. Ideal base for town or further, parking 5m walk.
Johnstone Retreat Richard - 2024-06-04
We were thrilled with this very cosy booking in the heart of Bath, a brief walk to all the places we needed to be: the recreation/rugby ground, the river and the local restaurants and shops. The decor is so stylish throughout and we felt very pampered and relaxed there throughout our stay. The only thing I would warn is that the outside steps down are very steep and potentially slippery (it snowed during our stay!) and the door handles are quite stiff for weak hands. But it was so warm and welcoming when we walked through the door and an endless supply of hot water for the fabulous free standing bath was an added bonus. I really recommend this delightful little bolt hole for any trip to Bath in the future and we would definitely return ourselves.
Johnstone Retreat Lincoln - 2024-03-03
Wonderful apartment in a fantastic location
Johnstone Retreat Richard - 2023-10-22
I loved this unique property. The little courtyard was a nice place to have morning coffee. We were close to the main attractions. All our amenity needs were also met. Recommendations for Cavendish foods was excellent. Both my daughter and I enjoyed our stay.
Johnstone Retreat christina - 2023-10-06
This was our first stay in Bath, and we were so happy with this choice. it was perfect for our stay. it was exactly as described. it was warm and comfortable. I'd stay here again.
Johnstone Retreat LaDonna - 2023-10-01
The location was more than perfect! Close enough to walk home to use the loo, but not in the bustle of the town. The high ceilings and decor are quaint and just how you want to feel in Bath. It can be damp, so be sure to turn on the dehumidifier if it's rainy out. Would recommend!
Johnstone Retreat Beth - 2023-09-25
Lovely central apartment. perfect location.
Johnstone Retreat Jo - 2023-07-14
This was a gorgeous little studio, great location, well equiped. The place was nicely decorated and quiet at night time whilst being close to the town centre.
Johnstone Retreat Georgia - 2023-07-09
Great location. Quality furnishings and amenity
Johnstone Retreat Duncan - 2023-06-04
lovely little apartment, amazing location for a city break
Johnstone Retreat Kate - 2023-01-01
Great stay, perfect location 2 minutes walk from the centre but also lovely and quiet location. Very cosy and beautiful bathroom. Would stay again. Would just point out to anyone with access issues the stairs to the flat are very steep!. However we loved it. Thanks x
Johnstone Retreat Siobhan - 2022-12-12
Phenomenal location, good amenities in a small and cosy spot. Helpful and responsive hosts.
Johnstone Retreat Justin - 2022-12-04
A1 location with everywhere you’d want to visit being under a 5 minute walk away. Apartment had a cosy feel to it and ticked all the boxes. Hosts were excellent in communication long in advance of the trip with tips and advice on what to do when we arrive and depart. Fully recommend.
Johnstone Retreat Matthew - 2022-11-13
We had an amazing time and the apartment was exactly what we were looking for! Very cosy and had great facilities for being so close to central bath, would recommend another stay!
Johnstone Retreat Raman - 2022-10-30
12 Johnstone Street is the perfect place to stay in Bath. Brilliant location - very close to shops, pubs, restaurants, spa and rugby ground. We loved it. Very cosy and comfortable. The steps down are very steep and a bit slippery when wet.
Johnstone Retreat Rachel - 2022-10-25
The apartment was ideal for a short stay in Bath. Great location in a quiet Georgian townhouse street just a few yards down from the Pulteney bridge, so very close to centre of town. The basement flat was approached by a narrow winding staircase which is not for the infirm or elderly (and extra care needed if wet/icy). The property itself was cosy and quaint with a separate small kitchen area with all your needs. The bath itself was a stand-alone modern unit of period design. The shower controls were a bit tricky to operate and get used to - some written instructions in the guest book would have been helpful. Aside from that everything was good and I would not hesitate to recommend this property. Alexa had compiled a very handy user guide to the property and some useful reading material about Bath and its history.
Johnstone Retreat David - 2022-10-09
Very nice stay, very nice host and very central location!
Johnstone Retreat Dian - 2022-09-18
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

Chargeable Services Available

  • Additional cleaning, £44 per 2 hours
  • Additional linen changes £36 per bedroom
  • Admin fee
Concierge Service Available


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