More about Eagle House
Historic B&B at Eagle House
Bath is a historic city full of two century old "georgian" buildings in mellow Bath stone. Many of the best were designed by Nash, who also was responsible for the fine houses built for the gentry in the surrounding villages who were "taking the (spa) waters". Eagle House is one of the finest, in the village of Bathford, three miles from the city centre: a very distinguished, top-notch bed & breakfast.
Not that anyone needs to feel intimidated, as the Napiers , the owners, are very hospitable and professional, immediately making one feel at home in their home. Seemingly everything one may need has been thought of and is there. It may be a good idea to speak to them about one's choice of room or suite, especially if there are options, as there are a few quite distinctive ones there if available. We went in the depth of "the fall" with rainstorms and a gale blowing, when we seemed to one of the few braving the weather. Yet I saw that there is a charming garden cottage, for example, that may be great for young ones in the summer - there is a large trampoline nearby in the splendidly large garden. Otherwise the house itself is full of objets d'art and antiques - genuine ones! Even so the facilities, like bathrooms and showers, are bang up-to-date. No chattering faucets here. One of the nicest stopovers we've ever had.
A Little Piece of Perfection
When my wife and I are staying away from home we enjoy playing a game: we study all aspects of the hotel or guest house we are staying in e.g. the welcome, the decor, the service, the food and then we each try to guess what the other might think most needs improving.
Mr and Mrs Napier have created a haven of tranquillity in the most beautiful of settings and have set a cracking standard. Architecturally the house is a gem. The warmth of their welcome felt completely natural and they seem genuinely interested in you as a person rather than as a customer. Our bedroom was quite charming and decorated with flare and taste. Breakfast was simple yet comprehensive and sumptious.
On returning back late from the theatre we enjoyed sharing a glass of the port with the owners in front of the dying embers of a log fire and they could not have been more helpful as we discussed possible plans for the next day and we very much appreciated their help in arranging a taxi and a table at a restaurant in Bath the next day (The Moon and Sixpence is a must, as is the open top bus tour of Bath City, it is also a great walk, or cycle ride, from Bathford along the canal into the city centre)
So what quibbles did we have. Firstly given our love of the building and its ambience it would have been perfect if on one night we could have eaten an evening meal at Eagle House. This is not an option but perhaps explains why the atmosphere is so relaxing. Secondly one night was far too short a stay. Thirdly we would have peferred a little more space between the tables in the breakfast room. And finally we felt the blue sofa in the lounge was a little cold in colour! And that is it.
Eagle House is an absolute gem of a find and we cannot recommend it more highly.
This hotel did not disapoint at all. The owner and staff are friendly, available and caring which is what we look for in a Hotel.
The charm and original furnishing really add to the whole Bath experience and it is worth the extra distance out from the city to achieve it.
The breakfast is lovely and the room (mulberry) was just as detailed online.
This is our second stay and we will come back if staying in Bath again especially for the christmas market. ( Well worth seeing!)
Lovely relaxing hotel. We stayed for 2 nights and the owners were away, however the couple that were looking after the place were very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was lovely too! The room was really pretty (Sycamore) however the bathroom could do with updating.
We visited the baths by car from here and it only took 15-20 mins. So it was great to come back for peace and quiet. We walked to the pub at the bottom of the hill and it was quite an experience! Everyone gawked as you walked in and it was very smoky. However we did take a 5 min drive to a gorgeous pub in a nearby village that served excellent food, which was recomended by staff. We would gladly stay again!
Loveliest B&B in Bath
Getting to Eagle House was very easy with a car and a GPS-system. Once there it looks idyllic, an enormous old Victorian style house from the outside. When you get inside there is a lovely sitting room, the rooms are beautiful and it wasn't too far away from the city but a car is recommended if you want to stay in this B&B.
The owner and staff were very friendly and very helpful. You felt very welcome and were never treated badly in anyway. Every room has a different name (can't remember the one of mine but it was a cosy little room, thermos with hot water was brought up and there were tea-bags and milk ready in the room). It was en-suite, had a TV and even some books if you didn't bring any reading material yourself!
The breakfast was lovely, a wide range of anything from a full English breakfast to cereal or fruit, juices, coffee, tea...
If you want to eat out but can't be bothered to go into Bath there was a little pub at the end of the road where you could have some pub-grub or just a pint.
I don't know what else to say, on my trip around England this was by far the nicest place I stayed in. So don't hesitate! Enjoy!
We've just returned from a trip to Cornwall and stayed at the Eagle House hotel on the way. We booked it through Laterooms (which offers discounted rates) and straightaway got a friendly email from the owner, John Napier.
He could not have been more welcoming when we arrived with our 18 month year old baby and we had everything we needed in our room - from a cot to broadband access.
The hotel itself is beautiful and the friendliness of its hosts rubs off on the other guests, making for a really comfortable atmosphere.
The room was huge, with lovely views and a very modern and spacious ensuite bathroom.
Breakfast was delicious and again all the staff went out of their way to be helpful.
The hotel is just a short drive - around 5 to 10 minutes - from Bath city centre and it's worth staying a bit further out for the charm of this place.
We'll be back again at some point for a longer stay! A great place to take young children and very good value for money.
We have just spent a wonderful weekend at Eagle House. It is a magnificent English country house, and very close to Bath, which I love.
We stayed in "Holly", a garden view room, which was very spacious, and the bath was fantastic for my 6ft partner. I would also recommend reading in the drawing room in front of the open fire!
The owners and staff were very welcoming and helpful. We ate in two of recommended pubs, The Long Arms in South Wraxal provided excellent and interesting home cooked food, and the restaurant in Kings Arms at Monkton Farleigh which was fabulous.
We will be back!
wonderful 2 days
We were looking for somewhere nice to relax after spending the weekend in Centreparcs biking and swimming etc.,
After searching for accomodation in Bath on the Tourist information website, we found Eagle House. A brilliant website which we showed the kids whose immediate reaction was "we're going to stay in a mansion". John and Rosamund Napier were very welcoming and put all of our bikes away in their shed during our stay.
On entering the house we were all wowed - it was friendly, comfortable and impressive all in one. I recall the staircase that took us up to our rooms, the entire house was beautiful. The room we stayed in 'Mulberry' was spacious and clean with two huge windows looking out onto the beautiful gardens and rolling countryside.
Our children walked around the house as though it was there own. We all really enjoyed our stayed and would highly recommend to our friends.
We are looking forward to returning in the not too distant future.
Nikki and Simon Rogan
We stayed on the 12 - 14th Feb 2007 with our two children Nicolas aged 10 and Erin aged 7.
Very friendly hotel - a real treat
My wife and I, and spaniel "Lottie", needed somewhere to stay for a night whilst visiting an old friend in Bath. We found the Eagle in our AA book of pet-friendly hotels, and made a telephone booking. We found the hotel slightly difficult to find, as it has no brightly lit sign outside..... I blamed my inexpert use of my GPS for this! However, once we found our way, we were given an extremely warm welcome and a fabulous large en-suite room overlooking the gardens and what I presume to be the Mendip Hills. The proprietor could not have been more helpful, and he offered to telephone the local inn (The Crown) to check on their hours for serving food, as this was Sunday evening. We had supper in the Crown, and the meal was very good; beware of large helpings!
The hotel is an interesting 18th century building, with many fascinating old paintings and antiques. Breakfast (full cooked was £4.80 extra p.p.) was excellent, with very attentive helpful service. We anticipate staying in or near Bath again, and we shall certainly make The Eagle our base in the future. Compared with other similar hotels around the area we thought it was very reasonably priced.