Sometimes the graciousness of host and tranquility of setting combine to provide a short break that remains long in the memory. In Suzanne and Herb Cottage we found just that. I cannot sing the praises of Suzanne's hospitality enough. From our warm welcome on a frosty Friday evening to morning chats over her fine ginger marmalade Suzanne provided a masterclass in balancing an open house with the right degree of privacy. The location is ideal, with Herb Cottage tucked away within two miles from Bradford on Avon. Bradford itself is charming and Bath is barely ten minutes away by train.
The passion Suzanne has for her picture perfect garden is palpable, and we had the fortune to sample the apple and blackcurrant compote alongside a cooked breakfast that set us up on both days. However it was Suzanne's genuine pleasure in hosting and making us feel at ease that was most remarkable. Her belief in traditional values (such as discussing your stay in advance over the phone rather than via a faceless online form) were refreshing, and after 25 years running a B&B she clearly evokes as much delight seeing her guests leave fulfilled as she did when starting off. We left with a memento from her garden which we only hope will flourish in our far modest surroundings!
Nothing flash, nothing staged. Herb Cottage and Suzanne are everything a B&B should aspire to. A blueprint on how to run such an establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rates: Double Room £90, Twin Room £90, Single Occupancy £55 a night. Discounts available for extended stays, three nights or more. Situated off the beaten track just 1.8 miles from the historic town of Bradford on Avon and 8.6 miles from the World Heritage City of Bath, Herb Cottage is an 18th century converted farm house offering a homely B&B. Tucked away in tranquil surroundings, this charming cottage offers one double and one twin room both with en-suite showers and one with bath. You will find beautiful rural views, a large well-maintained organic herb garden with interesting sculptures and the welcoming hospitality of Suzanne Wise. The accommodation offers: Colour TV in both rooms, Wi-Fi throughout, Hairdryers in both rooms, Tea and coffee-making, Ironing facilities, Ample on-site parking and a welcome to children of all ages. Delicious breakfast and catering for most dietary requirements. ... more less