Wanted to say thanks again to the folks who responded to my queries about this and that. We LOVED Bath (and environs).
The Bath Priory was one of the half dozen or so hotels that we've stayed in that actually EXCEEDED my expectations (and they were high). Stayed in the room called Daffodil and loved it. (Shower stall tiny though.) Service was exemplary. The entire place was a delight, every niche, every corner, every painting on the walls, etc. etc etc. We thought the food was excellent-- best food we had in Bath, almost as good as the best food we've had anywhere. But the GROUNDS! Oh, the grounds! The gardens were lovely way beyond what I thought they'd be; I was entranced; I was swept away.
And the walk from The Priory down through the fine Victoria Park (with its lovely botanical garden), past the Crescent, past the Circle, on into lovely Bath itself was wonderful.
Had a terrific meal at the Circus restaurant and a quite good one at Marlborough Tavern. Also somewhere else quite pleasant, though I can't remember the name just now.
Greatly enjoyed our Mad Max tour of the Cotswolds (want to see more!!). Also saw Lacock and Avebury on way from Heathrow. Salisbury on way from Bath to Southampton port.
Loved it all. Wish the weather had been better (though it wasn't awful).