Freestanding Bath

freestanding bathtube concrete wall from

It’s still the holidays so perhaps, now things have calmed down a bit, you can finally sink in to a bath for that relaxing soak you’ve been promising yourself all week if only you had the time. But you probably won’t get round to it. I know I never do. I look at that beautiful freestanding bath all week and then, come Saturday, I end up relaxing on the sofa instead.


I realised this other day when, thanks to a gorgeous photograph of my bathroom that appeared in Heart Home magazine, which was taken by James Balston, I had an email from a writer on The Wall Street Journal.

madaboutthehouse bathroom by james balson

He was looking to do a piece on the return of the freestanding bath and needed some quotes to go with the photo above.

black freestanding bath

I was asked about 15 questions, the answers to which I laboriously typed out on my phone while lying on the beach ( yes I know tough job) only to discover that the quote that made it into the piece was the one about never using this ridiculously luxurious bathroom we have created.


It is, as I realised when I stopped to think about it, that the promise of relaxation to come is almost as good as the relaxation itself. Anyway you can read the piece on the link above and see what you think. It was interesting for me to be on the other side of the interview too!


Anyway, the current object of my fantasy bath desire is this rather wonderful Vieques bath by Patricia Urquiola for Agape. It’s a contemporary version of an old-fashioned tin tub and it belongs in front of my bathroom fireplace!

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Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. All I want to know is if these are affective.
    I’m looking at buying one but I don’t want to sit in my bath with wonderful warm water but the tub it self stays cold and the water losses it heat too fast because the tub doesn’t get warm as well

  2. I’m the same with my bath Kate! Paid a fortune for a Victoria + Albert Marlborough bath (a smaller fortune that you might be thinking, since I got a second on ebay, but still a hefty wack!) but I use it about twice a year. I’m not really a bath person, but I don’t regret buying it, because it looks great and, as you say, it’s the promise that is as good as the bath itself. That’s what gives me the pleasure.

    I have now subscribed up to Heart Home – really loved it. Thanks.

  3. I LOVE THIS! I thought ‘tin bath’ as soon as I saw it. Now the delicate question of price, couldn’t see it anywhere on the link?

      1. Thanks for getting back to me. I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in that particular camp!

    1. I love it too! Being Patricia Urquiola for Agape, it is sure to be in the several thousand pounds catergory…

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