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The Old Workshop, Bath


Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

The lounge and kitchen/dining area are upstairs to maximise the views

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

The Old Workshop is a luxury two bed cottage in a private courtyard on the edge of Bath. Just like our first property, the Saltings (174775), the Old Workshop is finished to a very high four star standard, ideal for a romantic get-away, a relaxing break or a base for all the many sights of the area. The accommodation is flexible, so the property is suitable and cost effective for between one and four people.

The Old Workshop has stunning views at the rear of the river Avon and beyond, underfloor heating, luxury oak painted kitchen, an ensuite shower room and main shower room. You can walk to the river Avon and a super riverside pub from where you can take a beautiful boat trip into the City of Bath. The surrounding countryside is easily accessed, by car, public transport, bike or on foot.

This is one of four holiday let properties in our courtyard in Batheaston, just on the edge and ten minutes drive from the City of Bath. We also have the luxurious four bed 'Mulsanne House' (274673) plus the Saltings one bed, and next door to the Old Workshop, the 'Coach House' (461116), a similar two bed property. Please enquire for details. So, in total, we can cater for up to 18 in the courtyard properties

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Weston super Mare 70 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 35 km, Nearest railway: Bath 5 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The Old Workshop has been set up to maximise the views over the beautiful Bathampton meadows at the rear, so the lounge/kitchen/dining area is on the top floor and the two bedrooms on the ground floor.

The fresh air ventilation and heat recovery system, coupled with luxurious underfloor heating, means you should enjoy perfect temperatures all year round.

Much use has been made of natural materials, so you will find lots of oak throughout the property, including the kitchen cabinets, which have been painted in one of our favourite Farrow and Ball colours.

The lounge area has two Chesterfield 2 seater leather sofas in which you can just sit and enjoy the view or take in some DVDs or your favourite music from the docking station.

The kitchen area, with its Bosch oven and hob is designed to be efficient as well as aesthetically pleasing and you will find all the equipment you might need, whether you just want to boil an egg or whistle up a gastronomic delight!

The bedrooms can be configured to suit your requirements. A couple will be allocated the en-suite room at the rear with 'Super King' size double bed. It's not only super king, but also 6' 6" long! We don't think you will find a bigger or more comfortable bed in a holiday let. For three or more, the second bathroom will be available and the bedrooms made up with either two single beds or a 'Super King' size - it's up to you. Either way, all the linen is Egyptian cotton, helping to ensure you have an indulgent night's sleep.

Both bathrooms are to a high standard, so you can enjoy unlimited amounts of hot water and the best, soft, Turkish cotton towels, plus the luxury of warm tiles underfoot.

Further details outdoors

Enter from the High Street into the private courtyard with secure parking just yards from the door.

The courtyard itself and our properties within it have all been tastefully restored and renovated in traditional style, with lots of Bath stone.

Further details

Weekly lets or long weekends or short breaks, two days minimum. We can be flexible according to what suits you. Contact us to discuss. We have a minimum rental charge of £295, so come for a little longer for best value. There is plenty to do and everyone says they wish they could stay longer!

Check in anytime after 4-00pm. We would appreciate you checking out before 10-30 am. In less busy periods, we will try to give you more favourable check in and out times.

Non refundable surcharge of £10 per stay for couples or £15 for three or more. The surcharge covers accidental damage during your stay up to £100.


Should you need to cancel your booking please confirm this in writing. The following will apply from receipt of the cancellation:

Guests cancelling more than 6 weeks before the start of the holiday will forego the amount paid to date.

Guests cancelling up to 6 weeks and down to four weeks before the start of the holiday will receive a refund of 50% of the amount paid to date.

Guests cancelling up to 4 weeks and down to14 days before the start of the holiday will receive a refund of 25% of the amount paid to date.

Within the immediate 14 days prior: No refund (unless we can fully relet the property when we will refund in total less £50.)

If you wish to reschedule a booking we will do this free of charge for the first amendment if it's outside the immediate eight weeks prior to your booked arrival. You will have to pay the difference if swopping other than like for like. Within eight weeks of your booked date or for more than amendment, we will charge an additional admin' fee of £25 for rescheduled bookings.

We would only cancel your booking if your accommodation was unavailable for reasons beyond our control. In this unlikely event, we would attempt to offer you alternative accommodation. If this was not possible or unnacceptable to you, then we would refund all monies paid by you for the booking. Our liability would not extend beyond this refund

The West Country region

It's not difficult to see why the West Country in general and Bath in particular is one of the most popular areas in the UK for year round holidays and short breaks.

Bath is at the centre of an almost unrivalled tourist area with activities for young and old alike.

The beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds and Mendip hills offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, walking, cycling or just chilling out.

Country pubs, Michelin starred restaurants, historic buildings, great nightlife, festivals all year round - what more could you want?

Use Batheaston as a base or as a destination in its own right.

Access is from the M4 from the East or M5/M4 from the South or North. Bristol airport is within 45 minutes drive and the Bristol-London rail line provides regular services to Bath Spa station, which is an inexpensive bus or taxi ride from Batheaston.


Bath has served as the pleasure drome of the UK for over 2000 years and there are few places which can even begin to equal it's unique combination of history, architecture, shopping and gastronomy.

Bath is a World Heritage tourist destination, its history dating back to pre Roman times. It is acknowledged as the second most popular tourist destination in England.

Renowned Georgian architecture rivalling that of Paris, Venice or Rome has been enhanced in recent years with the addition of the £45+million Thermae Bath Spa, Britain's only natural thermal spa, featuring the natural mineral waters which first attracted the Romans, who named Bath, Aquae Sulis. The offers every kind of luxury pampering experience, including the open air roof top hot bath, which is not to be missed.

But it's not just about history and architecture.

Bath has some of the best shopping, eating and drinking experiences to be had.

The new Southgate shopping area features all the quality brand names housed in impressive Georgian style buildings and complements the famous Milsom Street and the myriad of streets, alleyways and passageways housing many unique shops and designer boutiques.

When it comes to food, the choice spans everything from grand Michelin starred restaurants to family owned bistros cooking the best local produce. Amongst some of the best known names are Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Italian" in Milsom Place and Michael Caines at 'The Priory' as well as a huge choice of other eateries including an authentic Sushi restaurant, wonderful tapas and a quirky Nepalese dining experience You will be further spoilt for choice by the massive selection of Indian, Chinese, Italian, French, Far Eastern and British food on offer.

After your meal, Bath's evening entertainment is similarly diverse. The number one recommendation of Trip Advisor is the 'Bizarre Bath' comedy walk. This is a brilliantly funny experience and is listed in Trip Advisor's top 10 of 'things to do' in the whole of Europe! The Theatre Royal, Komedia comedy venue or the Little Theatre, showing those hard to find films are popular choices or enjoy a sophisticated drink at Hall and Woodhouse. You can round off the night with a boogie at one of Bath's many night clubs.

At almost any time of the year, Bath is host to a huge number of festivals. These include the world famous 'Bath Music Festival', the 'Bath Food Festival' and many others covering comedy, culture, guitar, street performance, costume and so on.

Many of Bath's visitors come just to explore the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, whilst the Abbey, the Circus, the Royal Crescent and the Assembly rooms are just a few of the sights you can catch from one of the many open top bus tours.

Or you can spend the day on the look out for the famous! Amongst those known to either live or spend time in and around the City are Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, John Cleese, Van Morrison, Midge Ure, Manolo Blahnik and Jonathan Dimbleby .

Batheaston provides easy access to all those delights but is also a destination in its own right. Situated at the foot of Solsbury Hill, made famous by local resident Peter Gabriel, the village nestles at the end of the Cotswold Way. Bordered by the river Avon, where you can fish, take a boat ride or enjoy a waterside drink and a bite to eat. Or why not be adventurous and take in some 'wild swimming' at the fabulous Claverton Weir? It's an easy cycle or good walk from Batheaston and is a gorgeously beautiful place and one of Britain's best wild swimming spots. Also easily walkable is the Kennet and Avon canal, with its immensely popular 'George' public house, right by the water. Or wander up into St Catherine's, a valley so beautiful, Jane Seymour made it her home and welcomed the likes of Robbie Williams and other celebrities. The Saltings has already welcomed a couple of 'celebrities' to stay, but discretion is assurred so we won't say who. Other 'stars' who appreciate Batheaston's qualities and have made it their home include Ian Holloway the manager of Blackpool football club.

Batheaston has a fascinating history, much of it reflected in it's many ancient Cotswold stone buildings. Between 1909 and 1912, Batheaston was the refuge and home of the suffragettes. The most famous, Emmeline Pankhurst, was amongst many who helped establish an arboretum in the village as a symbol of their hopes for political equality.

Within a short drive of the village you can visit Castle Combe, often claimed to be England's prettiest village (check out the motor racing circuit too!) and Lacock, a National Trust owned historic village which featured in the Harry Potter films. Longleat Safari Park is an easy 30 minute drive.

Post office, pubs, traditional English fish and chip shop, mini supermarket, chemist, newsagent and hairdresser can all be found in the village, just a few minutes walk from the Saltings.

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23 Sep 2014


"Great Apartment for visiting Bath"

My wife & I and her 2 sisters stayed in this apartment in Septemeber 2014 for 3 nights.
The apartment is well located just outside Bath with the bus stop very close for people without transport.We had a car so parking inside the complex was good.The apartment is very comforatble with all the conveniences we needed and our stay there was most enjoyable. Would recommend this proprty to anyone visting Bath for a holiday.

Thank you for the review. We would be interested to know what you felt was lacking in that you were only able to give a 4 star rating? We try our best to make everything as perfect as possible, so it's useful to know where guests perceive a shortfall. Thanks. John and Jane

23 Sep 2014


"clean, quiet and well equipped"

We had a great time when we stayed at the old workshop. The caretaker could not have been friendlier and the welcome bottle of wine was very nice. Would definitely recommend and we would love to visit again.

Glad you enjoyed it and found us friendly. We try to be! :-) Hope to see you again soon. John and Jane

23 Sep 2014


"Excellent rental house"

Very comfortable, well equipped property in a quiet village just outside Bath. Ideally situated for travel into Bath (bus stop just outside house) and also for touring around the countryside.

Glad you enjoyed the property and thanks for the review!

16 Sep 2014


"Great place, heating was a slight issue"

I visited here in July with some friends for a 40th birthday weekend. The accommodation is very lovely, immaculate. Excellent facilities and the arrangement of bedrooms downstairs and living area up… More

Thanks for your comprehensive and constructive review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. You are right, the wording for the ventilation control is not accurate. When we had the vent system installed last year, we thought it would blow enough air so you didn't need to open the windows, but in hot weather that's not the case. So, as you found, it's better to open the windows, as you would in any house. As the place is still quite new and it's the first time we've experienced such prolonged hot weather, we are still learning about it, so sorry you were guinea pigs in a way. Anyway, hope to see you again and appreciate your feedback :-)

10 Aug 2014


"Couldn't of asked for more."

We had the good fortune to book the old workshop for our holiday this year,following some disappointing holiday lets in Cornwall in the previous 2 years the old workshop was a revelation! It was in an… More

We are really pleased you had such a nice time here. We are lucky to have the Bathampton Mill almost on our doorstep and the boat trip into the City from there is a real treat. Sorry you found the BBC reception poor. It's a bit of a mystery as it seemed ok when we tested it. Perhaps it was the weather - we will keep an eye on it anyway.

11 Apr 2014


"Perfect for exploring Bath"

Perfect place to explore Bath and beautiful countryside, right by the river Avon with views over river and magnificent countryside beyond. Bus stops right by accommodation which we used once and got t… More

Thanks ever so much for the comments. We too were a bit disappointed we only got a Visit Britain 4 star rating, but they use some strange criteria. Certainly everything we can control is 5 star. As you found, the house is highly insulated and has a heat recovery system, so quite often the heating is not needed, but we always put it on as some people feel the cold. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it and we hope to see you in one of our properties again. John and Jane

29 Jan 2014


"Really Good, Perfect Retreat After Hectic Shopping Trip"

Group of 4 Stayed, Both rooms were set out as double's, Good to have seperate bathrooms for both rooms to use.

Lovely finish to the whole place, welcome pack was.. Welcome, loved the views from main living area + distance into City centre was just about right (Too far to walk,but bus stop right outside & recommended Taxi drivers did us proud).

We have been to Bath several times, over the years, but the guide left for us was spot on, local knowledge is always the bomb!! Found a few new places to visit, Christmas market was brilliant fun (Breakfast At All Bar One Helped), Stollen & Glueweine, Free Samples From Stalls & Friendly locals made this a perfect pre-christmas treat.

Had a great night out at the Komedia on the Saturday Night (Highly Recommended).

The ability to get away from the crowds & city centre, getting far enough out to give the belief that you were in a differnt town, was really good.

Nice to hear you enjoyed the Old Workshop and the Xmas market. It was really great this year - even better than before, we thought. We think it's nice to retreat to a quiet spot after the hectic bustle of Bath, so we are glad you found the same :-) Same time next year? :-)

18 Aug 2013


"Excellent accommodation with a good convenient location."

An excellent apartment with an upside down arrangement that means the lounge/ diner on the fist floor has lovely views over the valley. The two bedrooms are situated on the ground floor and are tastef… More

Thanks for writing and pleased you enjoyed everything. We are getting more and more cyclists these days and it's nice you were able to explore some of the great places around here. Still lots more to see though when you come back again! :-)

11 Jul 2013


"Spacious and beautiful, clean and very comfortable"

The whole house is very clean and maintained. The equipment is in perfect condition and modern. Best of all are the beds, they are the most comfortable that I have never slept.Finally, the welcome pac… More

Hi, Thanks for writing. We are very proud of our beds and like many of our guests we are glad you found them to be rather special :-). Best regards, John and Jane

6 Jul 2013


"Great self-catering property for visiting Bath"

I was visiting as I was attending the Bertinet Cookery School for a week. This is a great place to stay for a visit to Bath. Free parking, bus stop right outside which takes you straight into the middle of Bath in 10-20 mins depending on traffic, a week's return ticket for £10! Very quiet, very clean with lovely furnishings and and incredibly comfortable bed. If you want a great place to stay, very convenient for Bath but you don't want to pay extortionate Bath prices then this is the place for you.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found us so convenient. It's hard to convey that sometimes when you are just looking on line, but like you, all of our guests love the location.

We hope you have been putting your new cookery skills to good use! Hope to see you again soon.

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