We visited Bath to celebrate our anniversary and stayed at Chestnuts House for one night only during Spring. The B&B is situated just off the busy main road and about a 15 minute walk from the centre of town. On arrival we parked on the drive and was met inside by a young lady who was pleasant enough and gave us a map of the area with suggested places to visit/eat etc. This was the only real contact with our hosts besides when they took our breakfast order the following morning and when we paid our bill on departure, which was disappointing because we thought from previous reviews they would be friendlier. Maybe that is the trouble with staying just the one night, you don't really get to meet the owners properly.
The house is immaculate and tastefully furnished throughout. Our room was situated next to the guest lounge off of the main reception hall where visitors check in/out. It overlooked the front of the house and at the back, patio doors led onto a decking/seating area in the garden which we unfortunately couldn't use because it was raining on our arrival. It was very clean, extremely spacious with a large comfy bed, an easy chair, dressing table, plenty of storage, flat screen TV, wi-fi and tea/coffee tray etc. The ensuite bathroom was enormous and exceptionally clean with wall-mounted hairdryer, high quality towels and toiletries for your use. Overall the bedroom was very comfortable, didn't feel at all cramped and had everything you needed for a relaxed stay. The downside was because we were located right next to the main communal areas ie, reception hall and lounge, we felt we had little privacy with people coming and going and therefore needed to speak in hushed voices as our conversation would be overheard. Also, being at the front of the house and near to the busy main road there was A LOT of traffic noise throughout the night (there seemed to be lots of sirens going off) which disturbed our sleep and we were woken very early. We therefore had very little sleep which is not a good start when you have a long, busy day of sight seeing ahead of you!
Breakfast was served in the bright and airy conservatory with plenty of choice including various fruit juices, pastries, fresh fruit salad, greek yogurt, cereals, (homemade?) granola, eggs benedict, omelette, smoked salmon with scrambled egg and full English. The breakfast was very good, nicely presented and probably the highlight of our stay at Chestnuts House.
We would like to stay here again if we make a return visit to Bath but would maybe ask for a quieter room and hopefully get to know/talk with our hosts next time, afterall, I always thought the point of staying in B&B's/Guest Houses compared to large hotels is that you receive a more personal service. It did what it's supposed to do in that it provided us with a bed and breakfast - no more, no less and to summarise, although we had a pleasant stay a few things spoilt it for us, traffic noise being the main problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chestnuts House is a fine detached Edwardian house with an enclosed garden and private off street parking. It is ideally situated off the main roads and adjacent to Henrietta park, within a few minutes level walk of the city centre. The House is built of natural stone and has five excellent air conditioned guest rooms. warm and attractive decorations have provided well appointed, spacious and comfortable ensuite rooms. All are equipped with colour televisions, dvd players, radio/alarm clocks, free wireless internet connection and refreshments trays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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