Athole Guest House
Great Experience - for walkers....
We end up going to Bath due to airline scheduling of getting from Poland to Bordeaux France in an efficient way. So we stayed a couple of days outside of the Bristol airport in the town of Bath. As we came out looking for a taxi, we found a black car type service for an extra 5 euro, we got a driver with a tie and coat and fancy ride to our guest house in Bath. We stayed at Wolfgang and Sara’s old hilltop mansion overlooking the city. It was a B&B but they call them ‘guest houses’. We were about a 6 block walk down to the tourist district, but that included some big hills on the way back each time.
We had a wonderful room, including a shower with multi-jets in the walls. We ate breakfast in the conservatory room, a glass enclosed green-house type area with many plants and local treasures. Both here and in France, all our coffee was served via the French Press method. Wolfgang served us a Welsh Rarebit breakfast. A first for us – a thick piece of toast with cheese, slice of ham, layer of Dijon mustard, and topped with a poached egg. Again, only free range eggs were used. Another breakfast was the “full English” – this included fried toast, baked beans and black pudding.
Georgian with a modern twist
We stayed here for the first time in March 2005, and before we had checked out we were already planning when we could come again. The Athole is a large Georgian house built in the traditional limestone of the area, and inside many of the original features remain. However, they've not gone for the traditional chintzy furnishings that so many B&Bs in cities like Bath offer - everything is clean and modern, but somehow in keeping with the style of the House.
There are only four rooms so booking ahead is essential. We had the Pope room - a restful, buttery-yellow room, with a huge and comfortable bed, tasteful Klee prints on the wall, satellite tv, tea and coffee and a mini-bar (no alcohol).
The Athole is a 10-12 minute walk from the town centre, up a fairly steep hill, so it's perhaps not ideal if you have any walking difficulties. The owners, Wolfgang and Josephine, are really friendly and helpful and are happy to pick you up and run you back to the station free of charge if you arrive by train. They also have lots of restaurant recommendations and tips for things to do in Bath.
We paid £68 for a room inclusive of breakfast in March 2005., which compares very well with other b&bs and hotels in Bath.
Unique Quality: The en-suite bathroom was the best I have ever seen in a British b&b - really modern and clean, with a fabulous power shower. I also have to mention the breakfast, which really does fill you up for the day. As well as the traditional fry-up, you can choose from pancakes, kippers, omelettes, home-cooked breads and special Swiss muesli. A better choice than most hotels provide at twice the price!
Another bonus is the free, secure parking - and Wolfgang is happy for you to leave your car there even after checking out, which given the parking situation in Bath is a real plus point!
Directions: Just off the Wells Road as you leave Bath. It's handy for the station too.
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