Leighton Townhouse

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A smart adults-only B&B with plush rooms and indulgent breakfasts, set in a handsome Victorian villa just above Bath’s historic centre
There’s no doubting the Georgian beauty of Bath, but staying in the heart of the city can be a noisy and rather expensive affair. Retreating a little way from the hustle and bustle, to this elegant hillside B&B, is the perfect solution. We were the first guests to check in after it reopened in January 2017 following a top-to-toe refurbishment (it was previously known as 139), and we felt ourselves unwind from the moment we stepped through the front door. Here, tranquillity reigns supreme, from the light-filled lounge with its plump sofas, ornate cornicing and potted orchids, to the 10 sumptuous bedrooms above.

Bath’s famous architecture, steaming Roman Baths, renowned Thermae Spa and excellent boutique shopping lie just a stroll down the hill. When you’ve finished exploring, return to vast beds covered in crisp linen and goose-down duvets, stone-clad ensuites with powerful rain showers (plus Jacuzzi bathtubs in some), and a sense of space and serenity that you’d rarely associate with an urban location. If you want a city break without any city hassle, it’s hard to beat.

Highs

  • A tranquil retreat from the hubbub, yet it’s only a 10-minute walk from the city centre
  • Comfortable rooms at great rates - all with kingsize or super-kingsize beds, and some with four-posters, skyline views and Jacuzzi bathtubs
  • Lots of little indulgences: Bucks Fizz at breakfast, fresh flowers and bathrobes in your room, breakfast in bed at weekends
  • Friendly yet discreet service from manager James and his partner Eliza, who are always happy to share local knowledge and book restaurants
  • Free on-site parking – a rarity in Bath

Lows

  • No children under 12 (a high for many!)
  • Breakfast is the only meal served (and is only available until 9.30am on weekdays), but eating out in Bath is hardly a problem
  • No honesty bar, though you can bring your own wine
  • It’s a steep-ish walk back up from the city centre, but taxis are readily available
  • Staff aren’t on site around the clock, though there’s an emergency contact number should you need it

Best time to go

Bath buzzes with life all year round. Come in spring or summer for flowering parks and riverside picnics, or choose winter for lots of festive cheer (the city's Christmas market is renowned). 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

Head to the Tasting Room on Green Street for a carefully chosen selection of fine wines, whiskies, ports and gins, as well as a brasserie for boozy lunches. They also run regular tastings where you can sample unusual varieties – see their website for dates.

Great for...

Honeymoon
  • Boutique B&B
  • 10
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • Ages 12+ only
  • Closed: 24 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Room 2 - Executive SuperKing / Twin

Rooms

Spread over 3 floors, the 10 rooms range from the compact Room 3 (the Small King) to the vast Room 7 (the Deluxe SuperKing). All are decorated in soothing shades of taupe and cream, with top-quality linens, goose-down duvets, painted French-style furniture and occasional splashes of colour in cushions, curtains and throws. Those at the back are a little quieter, but effective double-glazing means even those facing the road experience little noise. Ensuites are clad in stone, with swish rain showers and heated towel rails; some also have Jacuzzi tubs. Other in-room treats include REN toiletries, waffle robes, fresh flowers, digital radios, LED TVs with DVD players (there’s a library of films in the lounge), and drinks trays with Kit-Kats, ground coffee and a selection of teas.

We stayed in Room 4, the Superior City Four Poster, and loved gazing out over the Bath skyline from the armchairs in the bay window. Other standouts include Room 5 (the Deluxe French King) with its pretty carved bed and chaise-longue, and Room 6 (the Superior Four Poster), which overlooks the garden and is accessed via its own staircase.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is served from 8-9.30am on weekdays and 8.30-10am at weekends, in a sun-filled room with cheerful checked tablecloths and windows onto the garden (we watched squirrels scurrying about as we ate). There’s a buffet of cereals, juices, yoghurts and pastries, plus a menu of cooked dishes chalked up on the wall. We chose eggs Benedict with bacon from a local farm, and a delicious veggie breakfast of grilled halloumi, spinach, tomatoes and beans. If you want to treat yourself, you’ll find Bucks Fizz waiting on the counter, and on Saturdays and Sundays you can opt for a lazy breakfast in bed.

No other meals are served, but Bath is packed with cafés and restaurants for lunch and dinner – just ask James and Eliza for suggestions. Our favourite spots include Sam’s Kitchen (a laid-back deli with inventive seasonal fare), the King William (tasty pub grub and excellent Sunday roasts), The Porter (modern European food in a stylish setting) and Indian Temptation (vegetarian Indian street food).

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Admire the city’s famous Roman Baths, then treat yourself to a massage and an alfresco rooftop soak at their modern incarnation, the Thermae Spa
  • Or hit Bath’s many boutiques for therapy of a retail kind. Our favourites include deli The Foodie Bugle and chocolate crafter Charlotte Brunswick
  • Admire Bath’s elegant Georgian architecture, including the sweeping curves of The Circus and the Royal Crescent, and the shop-lined Pulteney Bridge
  • On the other side of Pulteney Bridge is Bathwick, where you can hire punts for a foray on the River Avon
  • Take in 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 Bath to explore the rolling Mendip Hills, the pretty market town of Bradford on Avon or the edgy city of Bristol, all just a short drive or train ride away

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Theatre and live music
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

No children under 12 are accepted – this is very much a grown-up retreat. There are no extra beds, so if you’re coming with teenagers, they’ll need their own room.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kid Friendly: Room 4 - Superior City Four Poster

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
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