We needed a place to stay for 2 nights in November to visit the Xmas Market in Bath - close enough to the centre to walk, but with a car parking facility as we were driving from Sussex. We like our comforts so we have relied on Tripadvisor reviews in the past. Hill House was in the top 4 B&Bs for Bath and the reviews were good so we booked online (v.easy) and were not disappointed.
We were sent a helpful email from the owners which offered assistance, and gave accurate directions as well as helpful tips about local eateries. We were greeted by Harry who helped with our bags and directed us to a nearby parking space, giving us a residents parking permit so we were able to leave the car for the duration of our stay without any cost. Then Harry supplied tea and biscuits whilst he talked to us about all the things we wanted to do. His local knowledge and happy disposition helped make our trip very relaxing. The room (Room 5 - right at the top) was large and warm, with a very comfortable bed, and nice little touches like the cool milk container and what seemed to be home-made biscuits. The shower room and shower were also large, with quality soaps, shampoos and hand creams. The accommodation was lavishly furnished and was immaculately clean. Everything worked and I could not fault anything. The breakfast experience needs a special mention. With only 12 guests we all sat at one large table - excellent for chatting and sharing experiences - often the chat was started by Harry as he came back and forth with the cooked breakfasts - 2 choices - a full English or each day there was a 'special', for example I had Eggs Benedict on one day and potato cakes and poached eggs on another day - all the cooking would have been worthy of a first class restaurant. In addition, although I could not have fitted it all in, there was a self-service buffet with fresh fruit, cereals, juice, etc. but of a similarly high quality to the cooked meals.
This place is better than a hotel because the comfort, the food and the hospitality are all first class; you simply do not get this level of personal touch in hotels.
And finally, many thanks to Douglas on talking me through his tips on cooking perfect poached eggs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our home! Hill House was built in 1765 at the end of a Georgian terrace behind the Assembly rooms in Central Bath. Built originally as a hotel it later became a wine merchants and then a pub. The current owners purchased the property in 2011 and have updated the property throughout. The modernisation has been sympathetically undertaken to retain as much of the period of charm of the property as possible.The property now has six en suite letting rooms located one at the front and one at the back on each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of the property. All bedrooms are equipped with newly appointed shower rooms, 32” digital Televisions, hairdryers and free wifi. The more the stairs the better the views from the rooms across Bath to the countryside beyond!Breakfast is served in our dining room on one large table, where reccomendations of what to see and where to eat are shared. Besides a choice of cereals etc we also offer a choice of two cooked breakfasts per day which vary throughout the week. We are able to cater for most dietary requirements but ask for as much notice as possible as we do not carry some items as stock as we are only a small establishment.This is our home and we want you to be able to relax in it. We have ironing facilities and a house sewing kit to hand. If you need anything else please ask and we will see what we can do.Hill House is a 2 minute walk from the Assembly Rooms and five minutes from the main shopping centre and Royal Crescent. There are plenty of local places to eat and drink close by and we would be happy to give recommendations upon request.On street Parking permits are available but will need to be reserved. ... more less
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