This is, almost without reservation, the best B&B I have ever stayed in. From the moment we arrived we were looked after and made to feel welcome in a very natural and unfussy way. If you have the good fortune to encounter David on the front desk (as we did) you see in him the perfect person for that role - enough said. We were in room 14 on the 1st floor - very neat, clean, sizeable and with some lovely touches of fruit and proper tea and nibbles. No quibbles with this side of things - everything immaculate (although be careful to ask David for the up-to-date wifi password as the one in the bedside brochure doesn't work) and thoughtfully laid out. It would be great if the shower were a stand-alone one as opposed to taps that work from the bath output, as this was tricky to adjust, but a very small quibble only.
Breakfast the next morning was a thing of wonder. It's very rare to be offered a range of items to match what we ate, but even more unusual to be encouraged to order more if we felt hungry (unlikely) or to adapt our cooked breakfasts to the most ludicrous degree, as one couple next to us were gleefully doing. We overheard orders for eggs cooked to the exact fraction of a minute, extra bacon etc. with precise instructions for burnt-ness (is that a word?) and a choice of salted or unsalted butter - I doubt the Ritz allows you to choose this. Pear cake for breakfast? Of course. Home-made bread, granola and jams? Naturally.
If the weather's nice, ask David to give you a map for the Skyline, a 6 mile walk around the hills. Take wellies, as it will be very muddy. Another tip - don't queue for an hour to enter the Thermae Spa, simply walk in, ask to visit the Cross Bath instead, and pop across the road to the small, perfectly formed and secluded openair pool that's heated, as is the whole city, by natural means. This was much more pleasurable than the people soup offered by the larger Spa pools and cheaper, too.
Henrietta House isn't cheap, but we didn't care and you won't, either. A seriously impressive establishment that deserves to be revisited time and time again. Thanks, guys, and sorry for getting mud on your lovely carpets in the foyer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Henrietta House in Bath is a large, Grade 1 listed, luxury Georgian townhouse located in a quiet central area. It was completely renovated in 2011 to provide boutique Bed and Breakfast / Guest House accommodation. Privately owned, Henrietta House aims to provide customers with an excellent personal service. Please contact us if you have any specific requirements. ... more less
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- Henrietta House Hotel Bath