Family residence of James Dyson for sale

I am privileged to sell some of the finest homes in Bath and North East Somerset, and in doing so, have the unique opportunity to delve into and discover so much about our local history. The history of a home is part of its fabric, and something that prospective buyers are always keen to know about. The most fascinating stories are often centuries old however, on occasion, its most recent history is what inspires.

Sycamore House in Bathford is a prime example of home with recent historical significance, being where James Dyson invented the world’s first bagless vacuum cleaner, catapulting him to success. Dyson, along with his wife, Deirdre, and three young children, moved into Sycamore House in 1978. Reportedly it was while vacuuming the stairs of his new home that he became aware of the limitations of the vacuum cleaner he was using, and set about developing the now-famous cyclonic system to replace the traditional vacuum machine bag. He based his idea on the sawdust extraction fans used at Windybanks Sawmill in Bath.Working from the property’s detached coach house, Dyson developed prototype after prototype. It was another four years in 1983 – after 5,127 failed attempts – that he created his breakthrough working prototype for the first ever cyclonic vacuum.

Located in the heart of the popular village of Bathford, just three miles from Bath, Sycamore House is an elegant and imposing seven bedroom double-fronted family house, with a detached two bedroom coach house, set within 1.3 acres of beautiful grounds.The house has been well-maintained over the years and renovated and refurnished to a high standard by the current owner, including a contemporary dining room extension. Its original period features include stone floors, fireplaces and large sash windows with shutters. Its accommodation is spacious and flexible, arranged over three floors. Its extensive grounds are southerly-facing and encompass a large lawned area, swimming pool, kitchen garden and mature orchard. The two bedroom refurbished coach house sits adjacent to the main house and provides spacious and well-appointed accommodation. Immaculately presented inside and out, Sycamore House is more than just the backdrop to a moment in history, it is an incredible home, perfectly set up for families and a wonderful place to entertain. Sycamore House is on the market with Savills Bath for a guide price of £4,000,000.


Bathford is a charming village, just three miles to the east of Bath. Situated on the slopes of Bathford Hill, it lies beside two ancient fords over the Avon and the By Brook, and offers commanding countryside views. Known for its rich history and picturesque setting, Bathford is perennially popular among buyers who are looking for the best of both worlds – a traditional countryside village that is still within striking distance of the city. With its origins dating back to the Saxon era, Bathford has been a witness to many historical developments over the centuries. Notably, Bathford's connection to the ancient Fosse Way and its Roman villa remains highlight its historical significance.

Today, Bathford continues to thrive, with amenities including a local shop, café, gastropub, an outstanding village school, community hall and social club and family-friendly rugby and cricket clubs. With many villages across the country having lost their amenities over the years, Bathford’s vibrant offering is a compelling attraction for prospective buyers. Its incredible location is perhaps its greatest draw. Many of its residents take advantage of the easy commute into Bath. It is one of only a small handful of villages from which you can cycle or even walk into the city.The spring market is shaping up to be the busiest we have seen in the last couple of years. Positive sentiment among buyers and sellers is supporting very good conditions for selling – and with more beautiful houses like Sycamore House coming into the market, now is a good time to consider a move here in this part of Somerset.