“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”
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.
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.
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)
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
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