We recently spent a long weekend in Bath for the Christmas Markets and stayed at the Queen Charlotte Orangery. This B & B is delightful, quaint and quirky. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. We stayed in the Charlotte suite, (accessed by walking through the main kitchen and into its own little entrance), which has an enormous silver bed, very comfy, and French windows overlooking the Italian ornate patio garden. The bathroom had a walk in shower, enormous fluffy towels, robes and under floor heating although the bedroom was a bit too warm for our liking and we switched off the additional heater. You enter the main B & B through the orangery wall into a circular breakfast/dining room with a beautiful domed glass roof and two very large French doors onto the patio gardens. It would be delightful to stay here in the summer and eat outside. We thought it was lovely to share a breakfast table with the other guests (total of 3 rooms so never more than 6 dining) but understand this not to everyone’s taste. Breakfast was a generous plate of fresh fruit and full English cooked to order, very tasty, but I do have a couple of points to make. I hate having to ask for more and we did have to ask for more toast, we also had to request jam as the pot was empty. There were no napkins or condiments on the table and although they were provided when asked for it would have been better not to ask, and the sauces came in the plastic bottles – decanting would have been a better idea and more fitting of the surroundings, the butter was in little dishes so why not the condiments? I think at the rates charged these are the little things that would make it ‘perfect’ I would also like to see displayed fire and safety regulations, opening the French windows in our room took a while and was the only exit apart from going through the kitchen and dining room. We were given a parking permit with the room (at a £10 daily charge) which enabled you to park anywhere in zone 1. Perfect for shopping as we left the car by the bridge and just kept popping back to fill the boot! The Orangery is a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and almost opposite the park and art museum. I love Bath and this place was a bit different to the usual hotels we stay in. We really enjoyed our stay here, if you like old and non matching this is the perfect place to stay. We can also recommend Clarkes bar and restaurant on the corner of Poultney Bridge for excellent Sunday roasts and warm hospitality. Woods restaurant and the Moon and Sixpence are also worth a visit for a delicious meal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen Charlotte's Orangery is one of the finest boutique bed and breakfast guest houses in historic Bath, perfectly positioned just a short stroll away into the town centre. All three guest suites; Amelia, Charlotte and Sophia have access to the beautifully designed Italianate courtyard garden, where breakfast can be served during the warmer summer months. ... more less
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- Queen Charlotte`s Orangery Hotel Bath