We spent two lovely nights at Lorne House while visiting Bath and the surrounding area and would definitely recommend it. A solid 4.5 stars from me and my husband.
I did a lot of B&B and hotel research before booking this place and I can tell you that places fill up FAST in the summertime, so if you are looking to stay in the area, book early. We booked their last room for a Thursday-Saturday stay and we are very pleased. We stayed in a double room on the bottom floor which they called room 5. There are 4 rooms shown on their website, and we stayed in the 5th, unshown room. Our room was similar to the ones in the photos with a comfortable queen sized bed, coffee/tea equipment, wet room for a bathroom, etc...
We arrived a little early but called ahead to alert them. We were met by the 20-something son who was nice but a little out of his element. He showed us to our room in the basement and we settled in. The room has a small window to the outside, but we didn't need it open at night even though it was very warm outside. Being in the basement, our room stayed cool. The bathroom was nice and very modern. The shower had options to come from a handheld or rain shower in the ceiling. The shower is part of the larger bathroom and there is no clear distinction. I would have liked a slight step down into the shower because the first time I turned it on, I expected it to get the bedroom carpet wet, it didn't. The sink is quite tiny and the toilet was fine. The bathroom was really pretty but not as functional as I would have liked. A slightly larger sink would have been nice. Honestly, this was my only issue the whole time. The room also had a TV which was nice to watch in the evening after a long day of walking around.
The house is super cute. There is a garden out beck and a 2nd floor deck that is a great spot for breakfast or hanging out in the evening. The B&B is the childhood home of the Rev. W J Awdry, author of Thomas the Tank Engine. There is a historic building marker on the outside.
The staff was great. The owner was nice and quickly had suggestions and advice for anything need had questions about. In the room they provided a box with flyers on all the close by attractions. The owner and staff (Jackie) gave us advice on where to park in Bath (Cricket Club lot is best!), and how to take a bus if we wanted to not deal with a car. We chose to drive into Bath each time which was easy.
Parking: This was one of the few B&B's I found with free onsite parking. They have a few spots on their property and on the weekend, you can park (for free) next door in the doctor's surgery. We never had a problem with parking and the B&B was full the whole time we were there.
Breakfast: Delicious! Jackie makes a full English breakfast to order. We had eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, etc... I tried homemade lemon curd and WOW, it was amazing. I had never had lemon curd before and it was amazing! The breakfast was very hearty and delicious.
WiFi: There is free high speed WiFi available and it worked great. Being from the USA, I wanted access to my smartphone and the WiFi was perfect.
If you are looking for a place to stay in the area, don't stay IN Bath, stay outside in one of the many small towns. We paid an average of £90 a night which was half of some of the hotels and B&B's in Bath. It took us no time to drive the 4 miles into Bath when we wanted to go there. We also had free parking and no traffic for when we wanted to go to Avebury, Lacock, and other small villages around.
Don't spend a ton of time like I did looking at B&B's and trying to find convenience, cost, WiFi, parking, etc... I did the work for you and found Lorne House. Stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From our location in Wiltshire, Lorne House offers guests a smart, sophisticated place to stay. With recently refurbished interior Lorne House is a stylish, providing visitors with an elegant charm and friendly welcome.Lorne House was the childhood home of the Rev. W J Awdry, - Thomas the Tank Engine.We also provide a conference facility, suitable for seminars or training. Close to Bath, we are situated in a fantastic location to explore the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lorne House Hotel Box
- Lorne House Box, United Kingdom