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My 80 year old father and I stayed 4 nights at Athole Guest House, which is a Victorian home upgraded to very comfortable modern standards. The place was spotless, the room was large and bright, the shower was a positive torrent of hot water, and the location was very convenient (a 15 minute walk to town, yes up a slight hill but if we could do it you can too!). Plus there is a speciatl deal - if you book on-line and stay for 4 nights you only pay for 3. However, the best thing about our stay here was our host, Wolfgang. Not only is he a fabulous gourmet cook (serving the best breakfasts I have ever eaten), but he was unbelievably helpful. He picked us up at the train station, shared his collection of books about Bath history and architecture, heated the Conservatory so that I could hold a meeting, directed my father as to the best walks and sights, and helped me to save a wayward Powerpoint presentation by opening it on his own computer. I will be going back to Bath in the fall, and I'll definately be staying here again - if there is room (I'll book early because Athole House fills up very quickly, especially for weekends).
A great place to stay.
If you are looking for "cutsie-cozy" rooms and impersonal service, do NOT stay at The Athole Guest House. For a very reasonable price, our room was large and quiet with comfortable beds and meticulous attention to detail. The apples were a nice touch! The breakfast was outstanding: delicious and with lots of choice(s). Located up the hill from the hustle and bustle of Bath, the walk back up is not for the faint-hearted, but taxis are less than five pounds. Perhaps the best thing about this B&B is the genuine friendliness of each member of the team and the care they take to ensure their guests have a wonderful experience. We truly appreciated all the little extras like the door-to-door service and would highly recommend the Athole Guest House.
Athole is exactly what you expect from an English b&b: old fashioned house perfectly conserved, warm but not intrusive hospitality, great breakfast.
Perfect for a family like mine.
4 class in every way
My partner and I stayed one night in late April, do wish we had been able to stay longer.
Bath is a wonderful place and the Athole guest house is 4 star in every way.
The rooms are spacious and the bathroom great, strong pressure in the shower and a window to open wide in both rooms. We are from Australia and love fresh air and like to open up the windows and switch off the central heating during the day, so it was great not to be in a stuffy hot room, as can often be the case in the UK. There were all the things you expect in a 4 star hotel, hair dryer, lovely bathroom, comfortable big bed and plenty of room for lots of luggage, we did not feel cramped at all.
The guest house is conveniently placed a short walk from town and Wolfgang, our host, was kind enough to allow us to leave our car parked securily,after we had checked out, to avoid problems parking and driving in the one way systems of Bath the next day.
The breakfast was great, the Burcher (? ) Muesli the best I have tasted in ages and the fresh bread for toasting was a lovely touch.
I recommend at least a 2 day minimum to see Bath, if not 3 and would definitely recommend Athole for anyone wanting to visit Bath and have all the extra comforts than an average B & B doesn't provide.
Can't ask for more!
The Athole is a fantastic example of why Tripadvisor is a great site. Wolfgang's thorough and attentive (although not at all intrusive) hospitality was second to none. He recommended walks, lent us maps, drove our bags down to the bus station when we were due to leave and his wife provided us with brilliant breakfasts to set us up for our all-day meanders around the city and beyond. The room was spotless and the bed really comfy. The walk up the hill was fine if we weren't tired, but after a long day and a nice meal with wine in the center of town, we were more than willing to part with the £4 needed for a taxi back. Thanks to all the Tripadvisor members who recommended this place and I hope I can convince other people to book. But book well in advance as this place is popular!
Absolutely beautiful B&B
We booked over the net, had an immediate response, stayed 2 nights, room was massive with lovely view, along with a beauitful ensuite with a really great hot shower! The breakfasts were just wonderful, with freshly baked home made breads (made by the owner Woofgang himself). The guest house has been superbly renovated right down to the finest detail.
Woofgang was soooo helpful and only to happy to spend time with us, he even offered to pick us up from the train station when we arrived which took a load of our minds, its about a 20 minute walk to the middle of bath so we walked home and thoroughly enjoyed the view on the way. I used his standalone internet PC to email home - very handy. Would recommend Athole Guest House to all. It made the visit to Bath and environs just perfect... Doug and Marilyn, Queensland, Australia
Great First B&B experience
My wife and I stayed at the Athole May 9 to May 12, our first B&B experience as well as our first trip to the UK. The owner Wolfgang met us at the train station and drove us back there when the time came to leave. He was always willing to help and try to accomodate our needs, such as when we required an early breakfast to catch the Mad Max tour. Speaking of breakfasts, the menu offered a variety of options, not just the traditional eggs, bacon, and suasage. The rooms were clean and the bathroom facilities top notch. As the B&B is located out of the city center, noise was not a problem and the surroundings are quite peaceful. It does mean though that getting into town requires use of one's feet or a taxi. The walk into town is only 10-15 minutes downhill, but the walk back is bit of an uphill climb. In sum, this B&B was an excellent value and I cannot recommed it or Bath enough!
Ben & Jen Sacramento USA
Excellent B & B
Had a one night stay at the Athole Guest House and wished we could have stayed longer! Room very spacious, comfortable and extremely clean. Fantastic shower in the bathroom. Wolfgang and staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them. The breakfast far surpasses anything a five star hotel could offer - highlights are the homemade walnut bread and muesli. Can also recommend the Yak Yeti Yak Nepalese Restaurant 12 Argyle Street (set meal interesting, varied and excellent value) and the Hansel and Gretel Shop and Strudel Bar, 9 Margarets Buildings, Brock Street (absolutely delightful and serve the best hot chocolate drink and strudels around).