Sensational retro villa ‘frozen in the 1970s’ has pool and golden bath taps

An incredible home by the sea has come on the market complete with a swimming pool, spa, games room and two of the most luxurious bathrooms.

The villa, which is located on the coast in Aberaeron, Wales, is on the market for £1.6m.

But you do get a rather special property for your money.

The house, which is called Mahe, wouldn’t look out of place in Spain – and yet it sits on the coast in Wales.

It’s two bathrooms are one of the most noteworthy aspects of the property, with the Grecian columns, chandeliers and velvet curtains.

Bathrooms in expensive homes have arguably always been considered a room where high-end design and the height of luxury are the main objectives of the space.

Designing a luxury bathroom gives a home owner the opportunity to create glamour and high drama as well as a room that needs to be practical and functional.

And that was no different in the 1970s when this incredible home was designed and constructed.

Maybe the most mesmerising example of this high-end bathroom interior design from the era is in the master bedroom; the en suite is a retro classic and virtually untouched since the day it was created.

Step inside and be amazed.

The bath is rightly given the stage it deserves as the centrepiece of the room.

There’s room for two to enjoy a bubble bath, complete with built-in velvet head pillows, and it has a gold ceiling rose above and is surrounded by smoked glass tiles, just to ensure the glamour is optimised.

Of course, the bath needs maximum drama and focus, so it is elevated on its own ‘mini stage’ to allow it to be a more luxurious sunken bath, with steps up to climb in.

With the theatre as a theme, the bath even has its own set of swish curtains with tassel tie-backs.

It has a lowered, false ceiling to create a cosy ambience once you are relaxing in the bubbles, coupled with optional candles, and the structure is supported by classic Grecian columns painted gold. Wow.

There are gold taps, more mirror tiles, a fancy ceiling cornice and a chandelier hanging near the double basins, as well as the more functional built-in storage plus task lighting and mirrors.

But that’s not the only bathroom to boast classic ’70s colour, shine and a sprinkling of pizzazz.

Further down the landing of this sprawling and truly special five bedroom coastal mansion is another bathroom displaying some of the best and rarest features a retro bathroom can offer.

This time the suite is navy and no true luxury home from yesteryear would be complete without a corner bath.

Again the bath is raised on a platform to create the sunken effect so popular and seen as so glamorous not just in the 1970s. Somehow even today climbing into a sunken bath feels like stepping into luxury.

The third bathroom shouts retro glamour just as much as the other two with some very unusual features.

No truly genuine 1970s home would be perfect without a least a hint of brown somewhere and this bathroom does not disappoint.

But the brown bath is most unusual.

At a glance it appears to be ‘hovering’ over the mustard carpet, protruding into the middle of the room and flanked either side by large gold taps.

The mirror tiles are back in abundance and the ceiling again has been designed to ensure the bath area is the prominent space within the room.

But look closely and you will see the basins can fight the bath for maybe the ultimate in unusual sink design, with a swirling design that makes you think of vanilla ice cream mixed with yummy chocolate sauce., topped with very fancy gold and textured taps.

Back in the day these bathrooms would have been an expensive and high-end addition to this designer dream home from the past, their unique designs are so rare they deserve to be loved and preserved for generations to come.

But there is so much more to this incredible property than it’s funky retro bathrooms.

It was constructed as a luxury, designer home by the sea and all the top quality additions of the era that still remain are mesmerising.

There’s the impressive main staircase with ornate metal banisters, that sweeps up the levels and sets the tone of breath-taking interiors as soon as a visitor steps though the front door.

The huge stone fireplace in the lounge is the perfect feature to offset the size of the room and is a substantial stone creation with a robust wood mantle.

The dining room can easily seat a whole football team, with room for the coach and support staff too, and the bonus of any meal accompanied by sea views via the huge arch windows.

The kitchen is in most homes over the past 50 years the hub of the home, but this one is so large it can take a generous island, sofas, sideboards, dining table and chairs.

It is such a sociable, generous room but still feels cosy thanks to the stone fireplace and log burner in the corner.

Another sociable area in this sprawling house is the vast games room, which is such a versatile space it could be a gym, dance floor, yoga studio or all three, complete with refreshments available from the corner bar.

Downstairs in the main house there’s also a study with a surprise spiral staircase that contributes to the continuing charm of the house. This ground floor can also offer a utility room, cloakroom and extra, separate sitting room.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms and two of those amazing bathrooms, and then a vast mastersuite that includes the ensuite that is probably the best genuine 1970s luxury bathroom you are likely to see in Wales, complete with the double bath with velvet curtains.

Throughout the home colours are bold and proud and can be welcomed into the large rooms without any worry of the strong shades diminishing the space visually.

In fact, the colours just add to the vibrant atmosphere bursting out of this house and add extra personality to the plush fabrics and tantalising tactile textures that make you want to touch.

Outside the house looks like a Spanish-style villa nestled on a European coastline, with white-washed walls and exposed stone complimenting the carved pillars and arches.

The layers of garden cut into the hillside ensure multiple areas for relaxing, although surely the lawn next to the pond is popular but maybe not as popular as the indoor swimming pool, dry sauna and spa that this unique home can also boast.

Views of the clear blue water off the Pembrokeshire coast at New Quay are a constant companion when wandering through the substantial outdoor space, which also includes a paddock and former stable block.

Sara Morel CEO of salvoweb, an online website that specialises in promoting the salvage and reuse of quality materials and home items from all eras, including the 1970s, is very taken by the original features found in this amazing mansion.

She says: “The 1970s was a decade of choice, and perhaps when personal taste really blossomed from the seeds sown in the sixties.

“Luxury is longevity, for example this spiral staircase would make a fine addition to a modern home to bring storied character to a new space.

“We want our interiors to excite us, and why shouldn’t a trip to the loo be a glittering escape with colourful bathroom suites and glamorous gold taps?”

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