I don’t know where the bath in my current rented home is from; contrary to popular belief I can’t identify every bath just by looking for it, even though I am writing for a bathroom blog. What I do know about it though is this; the edges around it need sealing as filling the bath up too much will lead to water dripping through the ceiling below, the bath panel wobbles in the wind if you open the window (a given to avoid getting condensation all the time) and the bath screen does an absolutely terrible job of stopping any water getting on to the floor. It might sound like I hate my bath, but I actually don’t mind it at all and it’s preferable to having only a shower enclosure like I did at my last place. Would I give it all up for a chance to own a £150,000 bath? Probably not, but then again I don’t have access to such a silly amount of money!
Catchpole & Rye, the Kent-based creators of some beautiful yet quite pricey baths, have turned their talented hands into crafting one of the most expensive baths in existence (although, as House to Home points out, Tamara Ecclestone has apparently spent £1 million on a solid crystal bath. I wonder what dad thinks!). The Saracen bath, which can only be described as ‘bling on legs’, is studded with an impressive 22,000 white Swarovski crystals that have been fixed to the cast iron bath entirely by hand. This painstaking job takes 200 hours per bath, although weirdly it’s done using a pencil covered in Bluetac.
When you’re paying all that money it seems that Catchpole & Rye are willing to go that extra mile, even above the impressive labour intensive yet meticulous process the goes into creating all their products. The company offers customisation options that include spelling out names, creating logos and giving you different colours of crystals; including gold, blue and green.
You can view and - if you're lucky enough to have the money - buy the bath at Harrods.
Give me a cheap bath from Bathroom World any day; sometimes it just comes down to a matter of taste. Well, that and not spending a silly amount of money on a garish bath of course.