Grove Lodge

Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom Book from Book from £120 per night

Petite and perfect: a handsome Georgian B&B on the edge of Bath, with 3 sumptuous suites and 5-star service
Grove Lodge is the perfect expression of its cultured Italian-British owners: Giovanni, a meticulous ex-auto-production executive from Piedmont, and Mary, an enthusiastic musician, linguist and now patissier extraordinaire. With help from designer Yvonne Lye of Living Space, they have created 3 indulgent and extremely spacious suites (each has a proper sitting room) which, in a central Bath hotel, would command 3 times the price. Expect superkingsize beds and down duvets, slipper baths and drench showers, marble mantelpieces and whimsical wallpapers for a theatrical touch.

The couple provides a wonderfully warm welcome, breakfasts fit for a prince, and flawless service – lifts from the station, the lowdown on Bath's fabulous shopping, museums and restaurants. And let’s not forget Mary's home-baked coconut macaroons and gianduja pralines. Yes, you’re a mile from the centre; but with so much space and so many spoiling extras, it’s worth every minute of the 10 spent driving or bussing in.

Highs

  • If you’re coming to Bath for a romantic or restorative break, you couldn’t do better
  • M&G’s local knowledge and bumph-packed folders will help you get the very best out of this historic and gracious city
  • We loved lying in bed and gazing out past blossoming magnolia to the rolling hills which surround the city
  • You won’t find a more beautifully presented or wider-ranging breakfast tray
  • There are 2 charming eateries within 5 minutes’ walk – very handy for dinner

Lows

  • Price-wise, this is at the top end of the B&B scale, but still excellent value compared to Bath’s hotels
  • It’s a mile from the city centre, but you get free parking a few blocks away, and regular buses (or lifts) in
  • There’s some traffic noise from the London Road, but well muffled by secondary glazing in the bedrooms
  • No children under 12 – this is a grown-up sanctuary
  • Though it often feels more, Grove Lodge remains a B&B: no common areas or meals beyond breakfast

Best time to go

Bath buzzes with life all year round. Come in spring or summer for flowering parks and riverside picnics, or in December for the renowned Christmas markets. The Thermae Spa gets busy at weekends; come midweek (and before lunch) if you possibly can. Annual events worth catching include the Literature Festival in March, the Comedy Festival in April, the International Music Festival in May, and the Jane Austen Festival in September.

Our top tips

Don't leave town without trying one of the free walking tours which leave regularly - and in all weathers - from outside the Pump Room near the Abbey. Lasting about 2 hours, they take in all the main historical and architectural sites, and are led by one of the Mayor of Bath's Honorary Guides: well-briefed volunteers, who don't accept any tips. No need to book, just turn up!

Great for...

City Style
Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 3
  • Breakfast only; restaurants nearby
  • Over 12s only
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Bose bluetooth speakers
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Bath's beautifully preserved Georgian centre is a delight to wander round: stately mansions, grand curving arcades, tempting boutiques, soaring churches (including the fan-vaulted Gothic Abbey), and of course the Roman Baths which gave the city its name (still visitable, if you don't mind queueing)
  • For a soak in the warm, therapeutic waters, head to the Thermae Spa: a swim-and-steam stressbuster on 3 levels, including a rooftop pool from where you can gaze over the city's crenellated roofs while the sun (or rain) descends
  • Walk into town along the canalside towpath, and you emerge near the stately Holburne Museum: a very manageable size, but packed with eclectic portraits, maiolica, sculptures, silver and china, plus a cafe in its modern wing, and leafy gardens outside
  • Catch a play at the ornate Theatre Royal in central Bath, or at the tiny Rondo theatre just round the corner from Grove Lodge

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre and music
  • Well being

Kids

This is a grown-up sanctuary; children over 12 are welcome, but the out-of-centre location and the bed arrangements (all suites are double-bedded) don't make it an obvious choice for teenagers.

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Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Rooms
10/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

We stayed in the Georgian Suite which was absolutely beautiful. The bed was extremely comfy, bathroom lovely, and sitting area was very large and a lovely space to have in addition to the bedroom area. Lovely view. Despite being situated on a main road it was not noisy and the road was blocked out by lovely trees. Breakfast was one of the best breakfasts we have had at a hotel. It felt very special to be served breakfast privately in the room. In particular, my boyfriend cannot have lactose, so the hosts went out of their way at short notice to provide him with lactose free milk, butter and yogurt which was extremely kind and above and beyond what we expected. Would recommend to anyone wanting a luxury, quiet hotel for a romantic weekend in Bath.

10/10, , May 2017

A wonderful find. Luxurious accommodation with meticulous attention to detail (even a pillow menu). A five star hotel couldn't do better. If you don't mind staying just outside the city centre (we enjoyed the pleasant walk in along the canal path) you couldn't improve on Grove Lodge.

10/10, , March 2017

Wonderful guesthouse, we felt like royalty. The suite was so beautiful and well done, the bathroom was to die for. Everything was so clean and well thought out. The breakfasts were incredible! Can't say enough good things about Grove Lodge.

10/10, , November 2016

Everything was perfect, from being picked up at the station to the beautiful suite and especially the fantastic breakfasts. The room was so comfortable it was a wrench to leave it each day. Fortunately, the canal side walk in to Bath is a short walk away and is a great way to start walking off the breakfast. We intend to return for another break as soon as we can.

10/10, , July 2016

Our stay was really a top-experience. The room was spacious, the design is splendid, the furnishing is marvellous with only first-class materials. The food was also incredible-breakfast is fantastic; you need five days to have tried all the proposed delicious possibilities. The service was unsurpassed and pro-active; nothing is impossible. The overall value is great- compared with our last visit of London, where we stayed in The Ritz: honestly, we prefer the Grove Lodge by far. I realise that I used many superlatives, but having been a guest of Grove Lodge however it is impossible to avoid, having had a really top experience.

10/10, , July 2016

I don't hesitate to define Grove Lodge THE best B&B I have ever been to. The suite was simply amazing, as our hosts. Giovanni and Mary made us feel more than welcomed with their suggestions, their exquisite manners and the GORGEOUS breakfast. If you're looking for an intimate yet elegant place to stay and visit Bath, look no further!

10/10, , July 2016

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