There’s more to Bradford-on-Avon than elegant Georgian architecture, as proved by this apartment full of vintage finds (and one amazingly comfy bed)
The Georgian architecture of Bath and its surrounds, built in honey-coloured stone, make for some of the county’s most attractive streetscapes. Bradford-on-Avon is the perfect example of one of these towns, with its banks of grand houses rising steeply up from the river, everything more or less in the same soft-toned stone, so very easy on the eye. The Studio at Lynchetts is a part of one such building, an annex to a Georgian townhouse now run as an elegant B&B; the Studio, however, is a different proposition, a boutique self-catering apartment that favours vintage and flea-market finds over frills and antiques.
The juxtaposition works surprisingly well, with original beams and lovely parquet flooring in the bathroom giving hints of the building’s past (nobody’s quite sure what the room was originally used for, but the huge fireplace suggests that it may once have been the kitchen) and setting off the white walls nicely. Objects have been chosen to have a homely rather than a hotel feel, including the black leather vintage sofa, Formica-topped dining table and the Welsh blanket covering the bed, in shades of orange and mossy green. Amy Lunt, who designed the space and runs the Studio (her parents own the B&B) says that the blanket was the starting point for the colour scheme of the rest of the interiors – so there are hits of orange all around the place, from the framed Scandi-graphic prints to the kitsch knick-knacks.
That said, although it may feel homely, there are luxe touches as well – a travertine-clad shower with rain-showerhead, plenty of fluffy towels, and a bed so comfortable that apparently all the guests want to know where the mattress is from (it’s Loaf, since you’re asking).
For sunny days there’s a very private courtyard/patio, and for rainy ones (or cosy nights in) there are books and DVDs, plus a quite brilliant little portable record player and a cabinet full of vinyl which I have to say gave me extreme amounts of pleasure to play around with. Which sort of sums the whole place up – a playful place to stay that’s fun when it needs to be, but takes your comfort rather seriously, too.
Nearby: Bring your walking boots – Bradford-on-Avon is part of the Walkers are Welcome network of towns, so there’s loads to do on two feet or indeed two wheels (the Kennet and Avon canal runs through the town, and picks up the Two Valleys Walk, which links a couple of good pubs in the area). The town itself has enough little shops, pubs and restaurants to keep you going for a weekend (try The Castle for cosy pub dining). Bath is nearby – get the train (15 mins) because parking is hell – which has great shopping, but more importantly, the Roman baths, a lovely Abbey, the Assembly Rooms (with its fab costume museum) and, for chilling out, the Thermae Bath Spa, with its naturally heated rooftop pool (try to visit off-peak, they like to squeeze a lot of bodies in).
Photos by The Studio at Lynchetts