Derelict Victorian baths are turned into a dream home worth £1.2million by former schoolboy who learned to swim there – Daily Mail
- Paul Smith converted the disused building into a stylish five-bedroom house
- Kept the original vaulted ceilings, stone window sills and brickwork
06:47 EST, 17 July 2012
09:02 EST, 17 July 2012
A 50-year-old father has converted the derelict Victorian baths where he learned to swim into a £1.2million luxury family home.
Paul Smith was heartbroken at seeing the swimming pool of his childhood, which lies on the coast at Penarth, near Cardiff, fall into ruin.
He decided to turn the beautiful 19th-century building into his dream house, giving it a comfortable modern feel while retaining its unique character.
Luxury lifestyle: Paul Smith has converted the beautiful 19th-century building into a dream home for his family
Memories: Mr Smith was devastated when the baths fell into disrepair after being closed to the public
The five-bedroom home boasts elaborate stone window
dressings, archways and vaulted ceilings and still features
the original intricate brick and ironwork.
Mr Smith, who runs a scaffolding company, said: ‘When I was a child I use to go swimming there every Saturday morning.
‘I originally looked into the building with no interest in buying it whatsoever, but when I was inside I had an “Oh my god” moment.
‘The feeling when you walk inside it’s really fantastic. You can see so much of history of the place when you are in there.’
Vaulted: The elegant conversion has retained period features while adding a modern twist
Cosy: The seaside home features exposed brickwork and ironwork and tasteful new furnishings
The baths closed to the public 30 years
ago. They were briefly used as a pub called Inn At The Deep End before
being boarded up and left to fall into disrepair.
But Mr Smith, who is married with two grown-up children, committed himself to a major renovation and converted the building into a chic designer home.
The property now has its own indoor spa complete with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi.
It spans 5,000 square feet over three storeys and includes ensuite bathrooms, a dressing room and a home cinema.
Passage of time: Mr Smith, who owns a scaffolding company, used to swim at the baths every Saturday morning
Last word in comfort: The baths, which were used briefly as a pub before being shut completely, will now be the scene of happy family dinners
Spacious: The converted baths measure 5,000 square feet, spread over three storeys beneath vaulted ceilings
Mr Smith is now preparing to wave
goodbye to the dream home he lovingly created and has put it on the
market at an asking price of £1.2m.
A spokesman for estate agents Savills, of Cardiff, called it ‘an extraordinary luxury home of considerable style and character‘.
‘It offers incredibly spacious accommodation in a most interesting and versatile layout’, he said.
‘It forms part of an iconic former municipal baths, enviably positioned immediately on the seafront enjoying open sea views and just steps away from the charming Victorian pier.’
Relaxing: The house has five chic bedrooms with elaborate stone window sills
Wet room: Mr Smith has installed a dressing room, sauna and jacuzzi to recreate the ambiance of the baths
Spotlight: The unique home is now a piece of history, and lies close to the Victorian pier on the seafront