“Petite and perfect: a handsome Georgian B&B on the edge of Bath, with 3 sumptuous suites and 5-star service”
The 3 suites are huge and lavishly decorated. All have a separate sitting room (with a dining table where your breakfast is served), a super-kingsize bed (super-comfy too, with silky sheets and a triple pillow menu), and a bathroom worthy of this historic spa town (monsoon shower heads, towelling robes, White Company toiletries galore).
Two suites – Georgian and Roman – look over magnolia-strewn lawns and London Road to the hills; there's some traffic noise, but secondary glazing in the bedrooms muffles it very well. These boast more space (over 50 sq.m. in all), plus a slipper tub. We preferred Georgian, because the bed- and sitting room connect, but Roman has the more elevated views. The 3rd – Chinese – is rear-facing and smaller, but still a lovely couples' hideaway.
Hats off to designer Yvonne Lye who has filled each one with colour and charm. Intricate wallpapers depict hummingbirds, long-tailed monkeys or fluted columns, while gold-stemmed lamps and ornate mirrors add to the sense of grandeur. But it's backed up by clever detail: built-in 2- and 3-pin sockets, directional bedside reading lights, good WiFi and Bose docks, perhaps a retractable TV or an elegant Savonarola chair.
Choose your breakfast time and dishes - the list is long and tempting - and Giovanni arrives on the dot with a laden tray, which he sets up by your sitting room window. It's faultessly done, with Wedgwood china, linen napkins, steaming dishes under a gleaming dome, and a fresh-cut tulip to really make you feel like prince and princess. We loved their parfait (crunchy granola, yoghurt and strawberry compote are all homemade) and Piedmontese waffles with nutella, bananas and hazelnuts. My full English was also impeccable, pepped up with herby potato cakes and mini Wilkins pots of condiments.
No other meals are provided, though if you get mid-afternoon munchies there's fruit, pralines and biscotti, including Mary's divine coconut macaroons. Alongside Taylors teas and Krups coffee, we smiled to see a bottle labelled "Perfectly Drinkable Tap Water" - no pretention here.
For dinner, as luck would have it, there are 2 good eateries within walking distance: the gastropubby Beaufort for superb world cuisine (from scallops and rump steak to melt-in-the-mouth lamb jalfrezi), and the cheaper King William - pure local alehouse until you go upstairs to the intimate white-clothed dining room. And in central Bath you're spoiled for choice, from the bustling Circus Café to Michelin-starred Bath Priory.