Roll-top baths have long been associated with decadence. In the late 18th century, when bathing had just started to become the fashion, the British aristocracy would wash in luxury, reclining in claw-foot tubs, most commonly made from cast iron. By the late 19th century, however, bathtubs were a feature in many British homes.
Today, roll-top baths have not lost their popularity or appeal, and remain the most favoured option for period homes, as they combine classic elegance with a nod to the past. A variety of designs are now available, adapting traditional shapes and materials to fit modern living, whatever the size or demands of your bathroom or budget.
Old Fashioned Bathrooms offer The Toulouse Bath, a bateau shaped piece crafted by Victoria + Albert Baths. It is moulded from volcanic limestone with resin to produce a durable finish, and measures L1,815 x W800 x H 717mm, £3,200. (01449 711782)
The Tubby Too bath offers the perfect solution for a smaller bathroom. Available in your choice of finish, this double-ended tub measures a petite L1,470 x W690 x H920mm, £1,965. Albion Bath Co (01255 831605)
Made from cast iron and finished in a silk top coat, the Polperro bath from the Cast Iron Bath Company certainly makes a statement. The paw feet and roll top give this traditional tub character, while the double ended slipper sides allow for reclining in luxury. The exterior of the bath, including feet, can be painted to suit your colour scheme. Priced £895, it measures H800 x W762 x L1,820mm. The Cast Iron Bath Company 01723 585896
Have your perfect vintage style bathroom on a budget with this Slipper free-standing bath, priced £329. Made from acrylic, its spacious dimensions, H790 x W740 x L1,760mm, allow plenty of room for a comfortable soak. Bathrooms.com (0845 833 4441)
The Shropshire free-standing bath has a one sided slipper shape for comfortable seating, and is suitable for wall mounted or free-standing taps. POA, it measures L1,537 x W750 x H780mm. Antique Bathrooms of Ivybridge & Marlborough (01672 511620)