This is a comfortable and friendly boutique-style hotel in the middle of town but hidden away on a quiet side street overlooking Henrietta Park – seven acres of green space opened to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee; perfect to give the kids or dogs a run around.
Stroll for five minutes to magnificent Pulteney Bridge; the station isn’t much further. You can hire bikes in town, then follow a towpath along the canal out into the country. Bath will keep you busy: soak up the elegant architecture, relax at the thermae spa, eat, shop… Don’t miss the Roman Baths or the Fashion Museum.
Back home, there’s tea and cake on arrival, buck’s fizz for breakfast. Breakfast – served in an airy dining room – is excellent: smoked salmon and free-range scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, the full cooked works. Bread is baked overnight by the in-house baker who also makes cakes and scones for an indulgent afternoon tea. Lovely staff are on hand to book restaurants, balloon flights or day trips.