“An intimate B&B (or rental for 8 + kids) with a Turkish twist, set in a beautifully renovated townhouse in the heart of Georgian Bath”
But you won’t feel like you’re staying in a museum. This is first and foremost a family home, and it’s infused with a relaxed, happy vibe. In the kitchen, Neri cooks up superb morning feasts (zingy Turkish spreads or the Full English), accompanied by chatter from young daughter Wren; upstairs is a fire-warmed library where you can kick back with a title plucked from the vast collection of Penguin paperbacks. There are whimsical touches, too: model cars perched above doors, a bust of Socrates on a bannister. As for the 2 guest rooms, they're both calming cocoons with heavenly beds - a joy to return to after shopping or sightseeing.
- An unbeatable location near the Abbey, the Roman Baths and restaurants galore
- Spoiling rooms - we loved the Elder Suite’s huge stone hearth and the Linley Suite’s quirky circular bathtub
- Delicious breakfasts - truly some of the best we’ve tasted
- Friendly, welcoming hosts who make you feel instantly at ease and know when to provide space
- Available as a self-catering house (with 2-3 additional bedrooms) over certain dates - ideal for groups
- No on-site parking; we recommend arriving by train (the station is a 5-minute stroll)
- Sound carries in such an old house, so you’ll hear footsteps and scraping furniture from the floors above
- Breakfast is taken at a communal table with other guests, but it’s large enough to give privacy for those who want it
- No in-room TVs, and the mobile signal is patchy
- Credit cards aren't yet accepted, so you'll have to pay by cash or cheque
Best time to go
Our top tips
- For inventive tipples, head to the Canary Gin Bar, a short walk away on Queen Street. There are hundreds of different gins to sample, all paired with unusual accompaniments such as rose petals and raspberries or chilli and coriander
- Take time to look at the elegantly scribed documents lining the hallway wall, which include the original vellum deeds with John Wood the Elder's wax seal. They provide a fascinating glimpse into the house's history, from the sale of the land (once the Abbey's orchard) to its time as offices for the Bath Freemasons
- Boutique B&B or house rental
- 2 (4-5 if booking whole house)
- Breakfast only or self-catering (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017...
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
Tucked away on the lower ground floor, the 2 guest rooms mix soothing colours with quirky antiques (a book press turned table, a wistful statue of Mary and Child). Linens, throws and hammam-style towels are snuggly-soft, and the air is scented with delicate oils from Bath-based True Grace.
The Elder Suite is the larger, with armchairs and a super-kingsize bed that can become twins; it faces the street but heavy shutters keep noise at bay. The hearth is a remnant from its past life as a kitchen, and the 18th-century headboard was salvaged from a monk’s cell. The ensuite shower is petite but well designed, with moody blue metro tiling. We stayed in the rear-facing Linley Suite, whose vast bathroom and romantic four-poster compensate for a smaller bedroom. Its showpiece is a deep circular tub, where we indulged in long soaks while admiring the beautiful brass pipework and encaustic floor tiles.
If you book the whole house, Neri and Patrick open up 2 further double/twin bedrooms. They can also make Wren’s room available for children - a cosy space under the eaves that's brimming with books and toys.
- Biscotti and chocolates
- Central heating
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
Breakfast is a real treat, cooked before your eyes and served around a big wooden table whenever you want. The menu reflects Neri’s roots, so you choose between a traditional Full English or the ‘Full Turkish’. In the name of reviewing we sampled both, and found them equally delicious. The Full English is piled high with locally sourced sausages, eggs and bacon; the Turkish spread features dish after dish of zingy delights (olives, crisp-fried halloumi, melon, feta-filled bogrek pastries), plus a herby salad of tomatoes and pomegranate seeds. You also get sourdough toast, croissants, and hot drinks brewed to your taste.
No other meals are available, but rooms are stocked with teas, coffees, handmade chocolates and jars of biscotti. And you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants - just ask Neri and Patrick for tried-and-tested suggestions nearby.
If you’re booking the whole house you get full use of the kitchen - a fantastic space centred around a vast island unit (so large it’s dubbed the ‘kitchen continent’!), with every conceivable bit of kit.
- Children meals
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Wander around the corner to the steaming Roman Baths, then treat yourself to a massage and an alfresco rooftop soak at their modern incarnation, the Thermae Spa, nearby
- Or hit Bath’s many boutiques for therapy of a retail kind. Our favourites include deli The Foodie Bugle, funky homeware and fashion emporium Anthropologie, and chocolate crafter Charlotte Brunswick
- Admire John Wood the Elder’s other architectural icons, including the sweeping curves of The Circus and the Royal Crescent, and amble over Pulteney Bridge to Bathwick, where you can hire punts for a foray on the River Avon
- Soak up some culture at The Holburne Museum (whose striking glass extension makes an excellent spot for lunch), or catch a play at the ornate Theatre Royal
- Head out of the city to explore the rolling Mendip Hills or the edgy elegance of Bristol, just a short drive or train ride away
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Theatre and music
- Well being
A historic B&B may not seem the obvious place to bring children, but the homely atmosphere and the presence of little Wren create a warm welcome for families. We think it would work particularly well for minibreaks with a baby (Neri and Patrick can lend you all sorts of kit), or for stays with grandparents or another family when renting the whole house.
Babies (0-1 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Baby cots can be provided for free. There are no extra beds, so if you’re coming with older children we recommend booking both rooms (the Elder Suite can be set up as a twin) - they take up the lower ground floor and form a near-private area for families.
If you book the whole house there’s space for 8 plus kids in 5 bedrooms (2 of which can become twins), including Wren’s toy-filled den with a single bed and room for a floor mattress
- Baby cots
- Baby bedding
- Bottle warmers
- Baby monitors
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Neri will happily tailor the breakfast selection to young tastebuds - just let her know requirements in advance. She can also suggest kid-friendly restaurants nearby
Kids Activities nearby:
- Roman Baths
- The Egg (the Theatre Royal’s children’s wing)
- Boat trips on the Avon
- Bath Children’s Literature Festival (September/October)
- Caves at Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge (40-minute drive)
- Longleat Safari Park (1-hour drive)
- Bristol Zoo, the @Bristol Science Centre and Brunel’s SS Great Britain (20-minute drive or 10-minute train ride)
- Airport: 35 minutes' drive (Bristol)
- Shop: 1 minute's walk
- Hospital: 5 minutes' drive