My wife and I spent a three week vacation in the UK and used B&Bs or small Inns the entire time. We spent two nights at Priory Cottage with the purpose of visiting the beautiful city of Bath. Of all the accommodations that we used, this one was the most memorable. Although only 3-4 miles from the heart of Bath, it is in the beautiful countryside of southwest England (Somerset). We did have a car, but the very friendly and helpful owners (Jackie and Martin) suggested we get to Bath by taking the local bus (will stop directly in front of the cottage). Not only does it save money over the relatively pricey parking in car jammed Bath, but the 15 or so minute bus ride offers a terrific way to see some of the fantastic countryside and villages in the area.
Our room had marvelous view of both the front and back gardens of the cottage and was very nicely decorated. It was also spacious and had faultless, free wi-fi connection. The room had nice amenities including coffee and tea making facilities and tasty biscuits (cookies). There is a very nice guest lounge where there was lots of info on the area. It was very relaxing to sit in the back garden or patio and enjoy the views of surrounding country side. They own a huge piece of property so you feel very close to nature. It is instantly clear the Jackie takes great pride in operating a top notch B&B. Since Priory Cottage is so close to Bath, I cannot see any reason to choose a commercial hotel in Bath over this lovely B&B.
The full English breakfast was terrific and, of course, you have a choice of continental breakfast as well. The owners supplied us with a hand written map that showed both roads and footpaths of the local area. The charming village of Freshford is only about a 2 minute drive or perhaps a 10 minute walk for those who might be inclined to use the footpaths. It has a terrific riverside pub (The Inn at Freshford) serving good food, ale, and spirits at reasonable prices. There are a number of other nearby villages that also have great pubs and restaurants. My only regret is that we didn't plan a third night there in order to have a day to explore the local countryside and villages.
- Also Known As:
- Priory Cottage Bed And Breakfast
- Priory Cottage Hotel Hinton Charterhouse
- Priory Cottage Bed & Breakfast Bath/Hinton Charterhouse