Athole Guest House

33 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath, Somerset, BA2 3JX, United Kingdom

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    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.

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    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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Outstanding service!

by TripAdvisor Member Perki2

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.

by A TripAdvisor Member

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.


by TripAdvisor Member FFuso

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

by TripAdvisor Member Linda of Bellingen NSW Australia

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!

by TripAdvisor Member Lolyaya

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

by A TripAdvisor Member

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

by A TripAdvisor Member

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

by TripAdvisor Member 3family

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).


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Address: 33 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath, Somerset, BA2 3JX, United Kingdom