Bathwick Gardens is located in Bathwick the other side of the Avon, just a five minute's walk from the city centre opposite the Holbourne Museum. This location is the first positive - convenient for walking into the city centre. There is free parking round the back (if you have arranged prior to arrival).
This is a house built in the early 19th century, and decorated in a Regency style so it gives a fantastic taster of life 200 years ago. We were in the top floor (in the "attic" to be technical, but don't picture a pitched roof - it is a proper room!) in Mrs Smith's Room. If you're not young or fit the 77 stairs might be a bit of fun, but the view across of the church next door and further to the Abbey (beautifully lit up in the evenings) is a nice compensation when wheezing and trying to get your breath back!
For wont of a better word, the room was "quaint", perhaps a little tired but as it's a period building with a deliberatly old furniture that's to be expected. It is however very clean, and the modern en-suite shower room was great (with a fantastic powerful modern shower).
We loved the shutters on the windows, and the view across Sydney Gardens and, Holbourne Museum to the sunlit hills to the north of Bath were a delight in the mornings.
The owners of the B&B were very welcoming and hospitable, allowing you to come and go as you please throughout the day, and very helpful with any queries about the B&B or about Bath. Breakfast was either a lovely full English or an Austrian-style continental (the wife of the owners is from Austria).
One wee quibble was that much of the house is slightly colder than we are used to these days with our central heating, but that was how the house would have been anyway. Besides, our bedroom itself did have modern central heating so the room was heated fine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our stunning Regency House in the World Heritage City of Bath, where Jane Austen's Persuasion was filmed! Parking is available and the city centre is only 5 minutes level walk away. The spacious bedrooms are handsomely furnished and decorated with period wallpapers. The hostess is Austrian and offers a choice of her country's breakfast as well as the traditional English calorie buster! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bed And Breakfast Bathwick Gardens
- b&b Bathwick Gardens Hotel Bath