There are 59 houses in Sydney Buildings, including two that have been subdivided into apartments (five in all) and one that is part of an old malthouse. The other part, and an old coalhouse, are now offices for 2 firms of architects and planning consultants. There is only one house on the opposite side of the road ‘Darlington Cottage’
Spanning almost two centuries the houses show an interesting diversity of size and appearance. All have splendid views of the city and its beautiful Abbey. The lower-numbered ones back directly onto the Kennet and Avon Canal. Further up the road they look out over meadows and woods belonging to the National Trust.
Most of the residents belong to the Sydney Buildings Householders’ Association (SBHA), which was set up in 1970 to protect and promote their interests. The SBHA organizes social events and is active on local and civic issues. Regular events are a winter drinks party and a summer garden party, held in one of our beautiful gardens.
There is magnificent walking country all around Bath, and Sydney Buildings gives easy access to some of the best of it. Just across the road there is National Trust farmland reaching up to Claverton Down and the Bath University campus. Up there you’ll find the splendid Bath Skyline Walk – six miles of way-marked trails through meadows and woods rich in wildlife and rare plants.
Across the canal the old towpath is a boon to walkers and cyclists. You can follow it down into the city, or into the country towards lovely destinations such as Bathampton and Bradford-on-Avon. Or from March to September you can take the Waterbus to Bathampton. If you’re lucky you’ll see a kingfisher, or heron as well as ducks, swans and moorhens.