Live in UK’s only UNESCO World Heritage site

Christine Penny
Director Bath and South West Residential

When it comes to real estate in Bath, Christine Penny is the name that comes to mind. Spending 25 years in the property industry has allowed her to witness sweeping changes in the market. She joins UK Sotheby’s International Realty to bring Bath properties to the global market and expose listings to those who had never previously had access.

Bath is one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. The reasons why are many and varied; they include the city’s Roman heritage, Georgian architecture, great schools, stellar shopping and close links to London.

View of Royal Crescent in Bath, England

Highlights of Bath include:

Culture. The Theatre Royal (which has pre-west end productions), The Egg, (for inspiring young thespians), Festivals that include The Literary Festival, The Mozart Fest, Bath Boules Tournament and other current food and music fixtures.

Sports. Olympic standard sports facilities at Bath University, Premiership Rugby, County Cricket, Competitive Golf, Rowing Clubs, Bath Half Marathon and Horse Racing.

Recreation. Parks, the River Avon and Canal, Cycle Paths, Spas, Rural Countryside.

Bath is synonymous with hugely aspirational property. With its magnificent Georgian terraces, crescents and streets, as befits a city with World Heritage status, Bath possesses any number of enviable addresses and for that reason, it is not surprising how many famous people over the centuries have contributed talent and vision and choose and have chosen to make this their home. From Jane Austen, Beau Nash, John Wood and Ralph Allen to (current day) Nicolas Cage, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Jane Seymour and John Cleese (to name a few).

London Road West, Bath, Bath, BA1 | £2,250,000 | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms

Bath is a fantastic place for families. Offering great education opportunities, many family friendly attractions and a safe, inspiring environment for children to grow up in.

Quality schooling is one of Bath’s great attractions, and the reason why many parents relocate to the city from London and elsewhere in the UK and abroad. Prior Park College, King Edward’s School, Kingswood School, the Royal High School and Monkton Combe School are leading independents. Bath also offers some of the finest state education in the country at both primary and secondary level.

Facts: Bath does not have industry or head offices. Bath is not a victim of commerce. It does however rely on tourism.

The Roman Baths, City of Bath, Somerset

Countryside surrounding Bath: Beautiful countryside and any number of charming villages and towns surround Bath. Attractive counties such as Somerset, Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire are all in its immediate orbit.

The Mendip Hills and the Somerset levels offer a magical blend of history and legend. Overshadowed by its awesome Tor, Glastonbury is the Mendip district’s most famous town. While Wells, England’s smallest city, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral.

To the east of Bath is the rolling rural landscape of Wiltshire with its chalk horses and picture-postcard villages. Bradford on Avon is packed with specialist shops, art galleries and any number of desirable properties. Other Wiltshire villages of note include Corsham, Box and Castle Combe.

Bath has excellent transport links with mainline train service to London Paddington every 15 minutes and taking less than 90 minutes to reach central London. Bristol International Airport is a short drive away from the city centre and has flights to many European cities and holiday destinations.

The motorway network to the north of the city is also excellent with easy access to the M5 heading both south to Exeter and north to Birmingham and beyond. Junction 18 of the nearby M4 heads east towards London and west into Wales.

Bath is designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, it is the only city in the UK to have this honour bestowed upon it.

The city possesses a vibrant cultural scene, where the arts, food, fashion and sport all feature heavily.

Contest Closed | Win A Collection of the World’s Rarest Coffee

To celebrate the partnership between Difference Coffee and UK Sotheby’s International Realty, we were delighted to offer the opportunity to win a collection of Difference Coffee’s Classic Collection, the best selling boxes (valued at £99). These coffee pods are Nespresso-compatible capsules, and used by some of the best restaurants in the world. Simply sign up to the mailing list using the form below for your chance to win and don’t forget to share the contest with a friend.

Classic Collection

Entries were accepted until 20th December, 2020 and the winners will be notified shortly after. One winner will be chosen at random. Prize is non-transferable and must be fulfilled before 31st March, 2021. By entering this contest, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age.






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We Love | Difference Coffee

Two days ago, Difference Coffee set a new world record for the highest price paid for one pound of coffee at $1029/lb. Like wine, there is a “quality pyramid” of coffee, with “specialty” coffee accounting for just 1% of global production; also like wine, the very best coffee comes from single estates, often in remote locations, and it is these precious corners of countries like Panama, Jamaica and Guatemala that Amir Gehl scours for his beans. 

“My tastes are simple,” the great statesman and bon viveur Winston Churchill once declared. “I am easily satisfied with the best.”

Amir Gehl, Founder, Difference Coffee

Amir Gehl, founder of The Difference Coffee Company, has the same philosophy. Like Churchill, he is an aficionado of fine wine and cigars, but his professional life is dedicated solely to coffee: sourcing, roasting and packaging the finest coffee beans on the planet.

Each year, specialty coffees are rigorously graded by panels of experts (“Q” graders), who – after “cupping” each coffee a multitude of times – award scores out of 100 to each one. Gehl buys only the highest scorers, the crème de la crème: “for instance, I recently bought beans from an estate in Panama that scored 94.66/100, a local record.

The beans are purchased green at auction, then roasted by a master: The Difference Coffee Company’s Jonny England, one of only four licensed Q graders in Europe and also head judge for both the World Barista Championship and the World Brewers’ Cup.

Patrons of Europe’s top restaurants may already have sampled Difference Coffee without knowing it: Gehl creates special roasts for many top chefs, including Anne-Sophie Pic, Guy Savoy and Alain Passard. In addition his coffee is served at Mirazur, recently voted the world’s best restaurant by the World’s 50 Best List.  

“For example, Passard’s sense of smell is so developed that he decided he wanted to use our coffee before he’d even tasted it, just by smelling the grounds.”

Difference Coffee is now offering the world’s best coffees to private customers exclusively through the use of Nespresso compatible pods, so anyone can make consistently superb coffee at home without an expensive machine or the skills of a barista. Pods currently available – all 100% specialty grade arabica – include first-rate coffees from Panama, Hawaii, Indonesia, Jamaica and Brazil.

Prices for a box of 10 pods start from just £22.50.

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