Our house is a 1940s semi-detached building in a quiet residential area not far from the centre of Bath. We can offer one of our two sitting rooms which converts into a private bedroom. A sofa bed folds out to a king size comfortable double bed. All our bedding is made of 100% cotton and towels and hairdryer are provided. There is also a very small single bedroom (just space for sleeping in a full size single bed) available upstairs. It is very quiet in our street at night and many guests have commented on how well they have slept here. Bathroom and kitchen are shared with the host family. Guests are welcome to help themselves to hot drinks at all times and to store items of food in the fridge.
You will enjoy great views across the valley from the garden and its sheltered patio. We are a vegetarian household and provide a wholesome cold buffet style breakfast (muesli/ porridge/ yoghurt/ wholemeal toast or rolls with a number of different spreads or cheeses/ boiled eggs/ fresh fruit and tea, fresh coffee and juice ) included in the price. There is the option of an occasional vegetarian meal with us (by arrangement) when I would ask for a contribution towards the cost. I'm happy to cater for people with special dietary needs provided that you let me know in advance.
The house is situated on the north east side of the historical City of Bath, about 30 minutes on foot or less than 10 minutes by car from the centre, yet very close to open countryside with some lovely walks. One of those takes you to an old Norman chapel, surrounded by an old cemetery and a holy well in an enchanting garden.
The bus stops opposite the house and takes about 20 minutes to the bus and train station.
There's plenty of on-street parking and the neighbourhood is very pleasant.
Bath is a popular tourist attraction, with a cosmopolitan ambience but small enough to explore its historical sights and unique architecture on foot. The city has a variety of great restaurants, some of which are very reasonably priced .
The nearest local shop (open 7/7) also is within easy reach on foot.
The Richmond pub/restaurant 0.6 Km up the hill, open Tuesday - Sunday
Theatres, cinemas, sport-centres, the famous spa-bath, museums, art galleries, pubs and night-clubs - it's all there.
Bristol is 15 mins away by train whilst Salisbury, Oxford and famous sites such as Stonehenge, Avebury, the Cotswolds and Glastonbury or the beaches of the south coast are within easy reach for a day out.
Non-smokers. No Pets.
Guests are welcome to sit out on our patio when the weather allows! We have a long garden with a small field at the end, and beautiful views over the countryside to the south east. In summer we often serve breakfast in the garden.
Interaction with guests
Having lived here for a long time, we know all the best places to visit, and we're happy to discuss the local area with guests. We provide a local map and bus timetable too.
As I work part-time and irregular hours it is more convenient for me to have flexible check-in hours. It is all the more important for guests to communicate their approximate arrival times as soon as they know, if possible the day before, so that I can make the necessary arrangements; sometimes a bit of negotiating is needed to find a time that suits both the guest and us.
We are a vegetarian household. Guests are welcome to use the kitchen to prepare cold snacks but only for veggie food.
In the evening people are free to return to the house however late they wish, but naturally we would expect a "quiet " return after midnight. Similarly we ask guests not to use the shower after midnight or before 7.30 am unless we have agreed to it beforehand, the reason for this is that the main bathroom is next to our bedroom and in the past jet-lagged guests have had noisy showers at unsociable hours. There are of course alternative facilities on the ground floor.