Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside.
And it seems it also does us the world of good
So much so in fact that during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and on to the reign of George VI, many coastal retreats were built for those seeking to recuperate from illness. Among these – and possibly one of Suffolk’s most beautiful landmarks – was The Bartlet in Felixstowe.
Thanks to a major regeneration project, The Bartlet has been given a new lease of life and is offering seaside solace once again.
A piece of the past for a fabulous future
Thanks to the developers at Gipping Homes, The Bartlet is an impressive development of one, two and three bedroom apartments set in and around this unique Grade II * listed building.
The three floors of the magnificent red-brick structure have been meticulously re-designed around original architecture which incorporates the foundations of a Martello Tower that protected England from invasion during the time of Napoleon.
The historical significance of the building has not been lost on Gipping Homes, who have retained and restored everything from beautiful tiles, cornicing and fireplaces to bay windows and intricate brickwork. But equally, much has been done to update the structure, which was left abandoned and derelict for seven years.
The building was once home to the Bartlet Hospital – founded in 1926 as a convalescent home using a bequest of £250,000 from Dr John Bartlet, a local surgeon. He understood the regenerative powers of the special location which was run as a sanctuary of recovery by the sea.
During its time, The Bartlet Hospital provided fresh air, rest, wholesome food and the opportunity for moderate exercise in a pleasant location. And it became the much-loved heart of community health care for the area until it closed in 2006.
The Gipping Homes development has been sympathetic to this legacy and the team has worked hard to secure its future for generations to come. They have also incorporated the former Bath Hotel, which neighbours The Bartlet, into the project.
This structure – now called Cautley House – boasts a rich history of its very own and was once set alight by suffragettes Evaline Burkitt and Florence Tunks in 1914 in their crusade to get women the vote.
Own a piece of history in paradise
The Bartlet sits on a hillside overlooking the beach where the glittering water stretches out beside a sandy shoreline dotted with multi-coloured beach huts. Inside, attention to detail means each apartment is as beautiful as it is practical.
There is plenty of open-plan living as designers have strived to keep large rooms inside the original structure intact. The old dining room, for example, has been divided using a simple glass mezzanine, which preserves the plaster mouldings, vaulted ceilings and oriel windows. Brick arches in the grounds are now two-bedroom homes offering an incredible expanse of bi-fold doors overlooking the ever-changing coastline. Top of the range fixtures and fittings ensure that the modernisation of the building makes it ideal for contemporary living. Outside, all of the front-facing properties overlook the beach.
A brief stroll from the development takes you straight into Felixstowe town, with its thriving shops, cafes, restaurants and numerous leisure facilities. And there’s a golf course and tennis club nearby along with many good watering holes.
Snap up a seaside retreat right now
There are not many homes in Suffolk which boast such a colourful history – as well as such an enviable location. If you are interested in taking ownership of a plot in this exclusive landmark development, contact us today. For more information about The Bartlet visit the website at www.thebartletfelixstowe.co.uk