Let me start by saying do NOT walk up the hill from the train station to this B&B hauling your luggage! The hill is very steep the last third of the way. It is a little out of the downtown core, but none of the major attractions are very far. There are several good pub/restaurants nearby, we went to both The Chequers and The Circus Cafe. Food was very good at both restaurants.
It turned out we were visiting Bath during the Jane Austin festival, and we had tried several other places to stay before we found Hill House. It was a little over our budget, but our room (room #4) was huge. Remember that you will have to carry your luggage up several flights of stairs, but the views over Bath are great. Douglas and Harry have spent a lot of time and effort renovating this lovely Georgian building, and everything looks beautiful. You can really get a sense of how difficult this must have been by looking at the sloping floors and doorways!
The bed and linens are high quality and very comfortable, the drapes over the two good sized windows are luxurious, a couch and and large coffee table are positioned conveniently in front of the fireplace and flat screen TV. We appreciated that the windows open, although we were on a busy street and there was quite a bit of noise at night (both from cars and folks visiting the pub across the street). A tea tray set with fresh milk was appreciated, as was a bottle of cold water. The bathroom has been nicely done up, with a one touch lighted mirror, large shower with lots of hot water and good water pressure, and nice toiletries. Breakfast was delicious, smoked salmon on potato pancakes one morning, eggs benedict the second morning. We especially appreciated the selection of fresh fruit. Lots of tea, coffee, and toast and preserves on the large communal table. Our first morning, we were joined by two other couples from Canada!
There is a laundromat a few blocks away, but a big thank you to Harry who noticed that I had twisted my foot while out sight-seeing (watch your step on the cobble-stones), and offered the services of their laundry facilities. It was greatly appreciated!
There is lots to see and do in Bath (I would recommend the Mayors Walk walking tour, and a visit to the Roman Baths), and Hill House was a lovely place to relax after a busy day of sight-seeing.
- 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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