The Villa is one of those lovely boutique hotels that scores top marks across the board. You’re pretty much in the middle of town, but hidden away on a quiet side street opposite a pretty park. Then, there’s a batch of smart bedrooms, which have style and comfort in equal measure. Add to this lovely staff on hand to book restaurants, balloon flights or day trips to Stonehenge and you have a perfect base. You’re a five-minute stroll from magnificent Pulteney Bridge; the station isn’t much further, so leave your car at home. You can hire bikes in town, then follow a towpath along the river out into the country. Back home, there’s tea and cake on arrival, buck’s fizz for breakfast, even bats and balls for children who want to go to the park. Breakfast – served in an airy dining room – is excellent: smoked salmon and free-range scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, the full cooked works. Rooms vary in size, but all have excellent beds, pretty wallpaper and sparkling bathrooms. Good restaurants wait close by. Don’t miss the Roman Baths or the Fashion Museum. There’s off-street parking, too, a real boon.