'Iconic' hotel in Bath to be completely transformed and all features to be sold off

The iconic Francis Hotel in Bath is set to undergo a major £13 million refurbishment in a bid to 'breathe new life' into the much-loved landmark. Before the transformation begins, all current furniture, fixtures, and fittings will be auctioned on July 3.

As one of the first Georgian buildings to be built in Bath, The Francis Hotel was once home to 18th century architect John Wood the Elder who was the inspiration behind the first Georgian stone buildings of Queen Square, the Royal Crescent and The Circus. The hotel has been a huge part of Bath’s history ever since. Working with award-winning interior designers 3DReid, the design concept planned for the hotel and all 98 bedrooms will take inspiration from the Georgian era whilst appreciating all the modern amenities and touches that today’s traveller expects.

Alongside a reinvention of the hotel’s 98 bedrooms and suites, the refurbishment will include a complete reimagining of the ground floor and lobby including the introduction of a snug. The snug will be open to the general public during the day and will be an intimate space for hotel residents to relax over a pre or post-dinner drink of an evening.


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The project will also see the introduction of a new destination-restaurant, The Townhouse Brasserie which will showcase the finest British cuisine. The Townhouse Brasserie will focus heavily on seasonal and locally grown produce cooked over an open hearth in front of guests. Open seven days a week, the restaurant will combine traditional English classic flavours whilst playfully and effortlessly bringing a chic aesthetic, exquisite wine-list and memorable dining experience to new levels of timeless creativity and vibrancy. Towards the end of the programme, a brand new thermal spa and three treatment rooms will be created tapping into Bath’s ambition to be the UK’s number one city for wellbeing in the UK.

In advance of the first phase of the refurbishment, Pro Auction auctioneers have been appointed to sell the furniture fixtures and fittings from the well appointed guest rooms. The sale involves four poster beds, writing tables, seating lamps drapes and artwork along with ancillary pieces found within a hotel of such standing.

Simon Rose of Pro Auction said: “This is a fantastic hotel content sale the variety of well maintained lots will appeal both to the hotel operators and private buyers alike”

The sale takes place at The Francis from 10 on July 3. More information is available here