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“it was the little touches that impressed us”
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Wheelwrights Arms
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

on a week-end break with a friend to see Bath and the area. found this place on the internet, and liked the look and we weren't disappointed. the staff were really freindly (and well presented), food was excellent with a B.B.Q on the saturday evening giving extra choice on top of the already varied menu., the breakfast on offer was first class. the room we had was light, airy and provided all the little touches you'd expect in a first class hotel. my only quibble would be there was no actual shower cubicle,just a shower attachment on the bath. we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 May 2010

On planning our visit to historic Bath we choose this accommodation because it had a bit of character and was located in a peaceful rural setting not far from the city.

The inn and the converted carpenters workshops opposite, which now form the bedrooms, have apparently been on this site for around 190 years or more. They have no trouble therefore in blending in with the village of Monkton Combe, 3 miles outside Bath. The village is dominated by a private school which appears to have acquired many of the traditional buildings and adapted them for their own use however this does not restrict your movements. By contrast, the road into the village does - it is very narrow (basically single track) and winds down a hill so be prepared if you meet anything coming in the opposite direction! I’d also recommend sat nav to find the place - there are quite a few country lanes. The inn has its own car park just beyond the collection of buildings.

Check-in is at the bar at the inn - very convenient to pick up that pint with your key and to enjoy it in the sunshine outside if your lucky - there are several seated areas to choose from.

Our room (#2) was a double on the ground floor - a couple of steps down from the entrance to the former workshops. A small shuttered window makes quite a good job of lighting the bedroom area which is spacious. The room has contemporary wooden furnishings - a very comfortable double bed with quality bed linen, double wardrobe, bedside cabinets and an upholstered seat. There are tea & coffee making facilities and a flat screen television with freeview channels and good reception. The floors are wooden throughout with a wool rug.

The ensuite is a surprise - a huge bathroom, partly clad with wooden panels, well lit with two frosted glass windows to the front and side - the front decorated with several model cows! The fittings in here are traditional style - a free-standing wood panelled bathtub and a very large washbasin. Unfortunately water drained quickly from the latter with the plug in so it wasn’t that practical - looks as if this needs attention. Water pressure in the room was surprisingly strong and the bath could be filled very quickly. A hand-held shower was also attached to the bath but we also found this a bit impractical as it was easy for water to spray onto the wooden floor. Still, there is no excuse not to have a bath, in Bath. We had several and included a visit to the Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths (where you can’t have a bath). The inn was able to supply standard priced vouchers for a 2 hour session for the Thermae Bath Spa )at £24 each but make sure if you visit this attraction that you take your own towels, bathrobe and slippers if possible since the hire charges are not cheap. The place is super and worth a visit as are the Roman Baths (£11.50 each).

As the rooms have wooden floors you need to accept that there is some noise disturbance from the room above - creaky floor syndrome. In addition you can also hear water “freefalling” down the pipes - we thought it was rain outside when we first heard this! During our stay the heating had been turned off but as temperatures dropped we felt the room a bit cold (ok once under the duvet and blanket) - the open door and window policy in the inn also meant it was cold in there in these circumstances.

We had breakfast and evening meals in the inn during our stay. These were of a very good standard in general with a choice of 5 or 6 dishes per course in the evening and a couple of “specials”. There was a decent choice of wines and of course because you are in a bar, any other drinks you care to have. The staff (who were different each evening we stayed) were all pleasant. At meal times it was quite busy however there wasn’t much going on later in our experience, the village streets having gone quiet by 10.30pm. In staying here you have to accept that a meal and drinks is your evening entertainment unless you venture into the city by taxi (the nearest railway station is a couple of miles away and buses are infrequent). The inn’s own website is an accurate guide to the place.

Bath is an attractive place to visit and we found this a good base for this purpose.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 April 2010

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few days this is it. Pleasant welcoming staff, excellent rooms,good food,total chill and only a short drive from bath.
What more could you ask for!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

My Husband had a meeting in Bath and as it's more than a 3 hour journey from us he decided to stay over. I took the opportunity to join him and indulge in some sightseeing and shopping in Bath whilst he was working.
I saw The Wheelwright Arms on another website somewhere and liked the look of it and so we booked a room there. I'm really pleased that I hadn't read the negative reviews before we went, having come back and read some of these reviews I had to double check it was the right Wheelwright arms!
We were in room 1 which was a lovely big room opposite the main pub itself. The furnishings were lovely and it was very comfortable. There were nice little touches such as a cafetierre as well as kettle with a selection of teas,coffe and hot chocolate. Bottled still mineral water was also available which is much nicer than drinking tap water usually on offer. There was also a little kilner jar of mints and sweets by the bed which we thought was a really nice touch.
The bathroom was big (to be fair this might just be us as our own is so tiny!) with a lovely big bath which filled with piping hot water almost instantly! There were also l'occitaine toileteries provided. One other reviewer said the rooms and bathrooms were looking tired and I can see what they mean but only because the sealant around the edge of the bath needs redoing, nothing major at all. One thing I think was missing in there though was a bathmat.
The service throughout our stay check in, dinner in the evening, breakfast the following morning and then check out was absoloutley faultless. We presume it was the owner, was extremely friendly, very helpful and attentive. We were offered drinks throughout our meal when required, our order was taken promptly and did not take long to arrive at all. I would agree that the evening menu is somewhat limited but was perfectly reasonable. Whilst it may not have been of the most amazing flavours it was at least homecooked.
Next time my husband has another meeting in Bath we will definitely return!
One slight disappointment was they don't take dogs, I would have thought certainly in the room we were in with wooden floor throughout this would not have been a problem.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 January 2010

A short notice choice as close as possible to where we had to be for the "event".
Can't quite see what others have to complain about as we could find little. The rooms were cosy and warm. Bathroom of excellent size. Evening meal of excellent quality and subsequent breakfast (included in price) was "hearty"!

OK to be really picky the wifi was weak in the room and TV handset had a mind of its own. Yes one could complain about the inclusive service charge for the meal but the staff were helpful and friendly and to do so would be unreasonable.

I'm sure there is a Hotel du Vin nearby where one could enjoy being taken to the cleaners !!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

We stayed here for two nights while on a Uk roadtrip. I can not fault the accommodation, the owner has worked really hard to come up with a really special place.
However, I was disappointed by the level of service we received at dinner and breakfast. There were a number of items off the menu that we were not informed about until we ordered, food took a long time to arrive between courses and we had a similar experience at breakfast the following day. We were also served a pot of tea with no lid - laughable really. I did take the matter up with the owner who was very apologetic.
It didn't ruin our stay but there was a certain irony that it left a nasty taste in our mouth.
I would still recommend this as a perfect base for exploring Bath.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2010

Stayed here for a long w/e just after New Year. This is a fantastic place. The ambience is fantastic, cosy Cotswolds but with sophistication and comfort too. The pub and restaurant are excellent, great menu, very good value. Staff were lovely. And, on the doorstep you've got Bath, one of the best cities in Britain with numerous activities, from walking to historic sightseeing. And, if you're there on match day, the hotel proprietor can often get you tickets for Bath rugby!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Church Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath BA2 7HB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Bath > Monkton Combe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Monkton Combe
Price Range: £103 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Wheelwrights Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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