Only stayed one night at this delightful hotel in April 2009. Found it from their roadside sign as I was driving around Bath looking for a hotel for the night. You enter up a long driveway to a very elegant Georgian House which is the hotel. The hotel is on a main road but set back and I didn’t notice any road noise from my room. It is about a mile from the centre of Bath.
There is another hotel next door called Bailbrook House which is a much larger property 70 or 80 rooms and I think there is a bit of confusion between the two of them. The one I stayed at was a small 15 room hotel at 35/37 London Road West Bath BA1 7HZ called Bailbrook Lodge.
This hotel is what I think overseas visitors imagine when they think of an elegant English country hotel, well it was what I had always imagined it should be from TV and movies. No lift in the hotel as far as I could tell and with the very high ceilings the climb to my room on the first floor was enough with luggage, so a second floor room would be a real hike.
My room number 25, not sure how they number them as there are only 15 rooms was called the Beau Nash Suite and while the staff didn’t know who Beau Nash was I found out from the internet that he was master of ceremonies in Bath in the early 1700’s and made sure the right people of the time attended the right events and help promote Bath to a position of prominence in high society of the day.
The room in my opinion was a perfect English country hotel room very elegant and very large and with very high ceilings. It had a large four poster canopy bed, fireplace, two seat sofa, two easy chairs, desk and further chair and a magnificent view out through a very tall bow window which had what looked like the original wooden shutters overlooking the manicured grounds and the valley and hills in the distance.
The room had everything you could need, LCD TV with a decent selection of channels, wifi access, tea and coffee facilities, in room safe, robes, slippers, dvd player and a very English fur covered hot water bottle and plenty of space and the tiniest little fridge I have ever seen about barely big enough for half a dozen cans if that.
A very new shower room was off the bedroom and very stylish and modern and a contrast to the traditional hotel room, the sink however was outside the shower room in the bedroom.
I guess there were a couple of odd things to non English guests, one being the trouser press which looks a bit out of place given it’s prominent position in the room and the other is the odd placement of the hairdryer beside the bed and not near the sink and mirror.
Breakfast in the morning was a very traditional affair with a good choice of food all served in a very elegant setting with great service. Next to the dining room is a large guest lounge.
The manager who checked me in and showed me to my room was very helpful and for the price I paid GBP 65 for the night including breakfast I think it was excellent value.
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