The Art Apartment iss an amazingly spacious flat spanning the second floor of two Georgian Houses, situated over the Adam's Modern Art Gallery, who are the owners of the flat. Blessed with windows facing East and West, it features real art displayed wherever there is space for it.
The Art Apartment is on a cobbled street that lies just behind Queen Square and the main shopping street in Bath. The Jane Austen Centre is around the corner and there are restaurants, cafes and fantastic shopping just seconds away - while the fabulous Thermae Bath Spa is just down the street - and it is only a short stroll to the Roman Baths and Bath's magnificent Abbey.
Although The Art apartment is in a truly period residence, it has been furnished in a contemporary style, with flat screen TV, stylish furnishings and chic compact kitchen with every modern conveniences.
Bedrooms; The Art apartment sleeps 7 persons comfortably, and we can squeeze up to 8 guests in here at a push.
1 Double, 1 Twin, 1 King and sturdy double sized Sleep Sofa in the lounge. We can bring in a single folding bed for that extra 9th person.
Bathrooms: One large Family shower room, One large en suite bathroom with shower over the bathtub.
Dining: The chic dining table is in the spacious lounge.
Parking: Parking is in the nearby long stay car park at Charlotte Street. Cost is £12 for 24 hours.
The Art apartment is ideal for small groups or friends and families travelling together. Civilised gatherings and more sophisticated Hen Parties are also welcome to stay in this fine home. The ART Apartment makes a marvellous retreat for entertaining or simply relaxing after a long day of shopping or site seeing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Check in time:||14:00|
|Check out time:||11:00|
|Nearest beach||Weston Super-Mare 60 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||50 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 30 km, Nearest railway: Bath Spa 50 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
Just outside your door is one of the best restaurants in Bath, as well as our newest restaurant/lounge in a state of the art refurbishment of an older Bath building. Our famous Bath Ales Pub, The Salamander is just down the street and there is a fabulous Independent bookstore next door!
Bath is in a wonderfully central position in the Southwest, laying at the foot of the Cotswolds and at the gate to the Mendips. There are fascinating prehistoric and heritage sites fanning out in all directions - most in less than an hours drive. Here are some of the highlights:
To the South West:Stonehenge
Yes it looks exactly like the Stonehenge you have seen in pictures! But it is the real thing! Thousands and thousands of years old and no one really knows what its true purpose was or who built it. Exceedingly interesting audio guides and fine gift shop as well as outside tea shop serving yummy and comforting "rock cakes". There are many tours that include Stonehenge you will find in our Tours around Bath section.
Salisbury and Old Sarum:
On the route that will lead you to Stonehenge is the city of Salisbury, renowned for its amazing Medieval Cathedral, which is unique in Britain. Built entirely in the 13th century, between 1220 and 1256, its unity of vision is remarkable. Its beauty has inspired generations of artists, including Constable, to capture with paintbrush or camera, its famous spire, the tallest spire in England (at 404 feet), rising above the Salisbury meadows and the River Avon.
Just a few miles from the cathedral city of Salisbury lies Old Sarum, the original site of Salisbury. This is a massive Iron Age hill fort which was reused succeeding conquerors, including the Romans, the Saxons and the Normans, flourishing in medieval England. This dramatic site at Old Sarum contains the ruins of a castle, a Cathedral and Bishop's Palace. The Iron Age ramparts give fine views of the surrounding landscape.
Stourhead is acclaimed as one of Brittains most picturesque gardens. The garden was designed in 1741 and enhanced by new species of trees from America in the 1790s. It surrounds a peaceful lake in the middle of a 2,650 acre estate, and has many classical architectural features dotted about in strategic spots around the shores. It is a picture perfect example of landscape gardening and a fine day our in the gorgeous English countryside.
This amazing home of our own Marquis of Bath is about half way between Bath and Stonehenge and makes another full days outing. It is an amazing home - more like an Elizabethan Castle than a house, and it is set
The principal contribution to the grounds was made by the 3rd Viscount of Weymouth (1734-1796) who employed ÔCapabilityÕ Brown to create the park as it is seen today.
Oh, and it also is home to a fantastic Wild Animal Park!
In 1966, Longleat caused a revolution in the world of zoological collections by becoming the first location outside of Africa to open a drive through Safari Park.
Despite the understandable initial concerns of locals with regard to the introduction of lions to Wiltshire, the Safari Park concept has been a great success and LongleatÕs ground-breaking innovation has been repeated at wildlife collections all over the world.
To the West:
Avebury Stone Circles:
This National Trust Village is a real Living Museum!
Lacock is a well-preserved medieval village under the protection of the National Trust. Many movies are filmed here as it is a perfect period village setting, once you remove the automobiles. The ancient Lacock Abbey also has been used in the Harry Potter movies.
To the North:
Castle Combe and the Cotswolds
The unbelievably pristine village of Castle Combe. Just 20 minutes from Bath!
The Cotswolds are centred on the gentle slopes of the Cotswolds Hills and are officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the largest in England and Wales, and made up from parts of 6 English Counties.
The region is famous for its ancient mellow 'honey' coloured limestone villages that blend perfectly into the countryside and its bustling market towns. Many have scarcely altered since they grew up on the prosperity of the medieval wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries and subsequently forgotten about for more then 300 years. This sequence of events now makes the Cotswolds region one of the most treasured, toured and vacationed in England and the UK for nowhere else will you see such timeless uniqueness and heart warming preservation on such a scale.
Bristol is the largest city in the south west of England. It lies between the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. However, Bristol is historically a county in its own right and is properly entitled the City and County of Bristol. It has an esteemed University and has a lively student population and a thriving business community. Bristol suffered severe bombing in World War II and contains a wide variety of architecture, from Medieval and Elizabethan, to Georgian and Victorian, to giant boxes and baby skyscrapers and the curious new architecture of modern redevelopment, happening right now.
The Wye Valley
The River Wye
In only 45 minutes from Bath, you can be in another land - the wild country of Wales. Just over the bridge and you will be in the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk, a beautiful and varied region where Wales and England meet. Leading to the market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth, the river Wye winds through a dramatic and verdant landscape, carving its way to the Black Mountains. This is definitely an area of outstanding natural beauty.
When it became fashionable to visit wilder parts of the country in the late 18th century, the Wye valley became renowned for its picturesque qualities, and Tintern Abbey, then swathed in ivy, was rediscovered and visited by many famous seekers after the romantic and picturesque, including the painter J M W Turner and poet William Wordsworth. Since the early 20th century every effort has been made to keep standing one of the finest and most complete ruined abbey churches in Wales.
Chepstow is the oldest Stone Castle in Great Britain, dating back to William the conqueror and scarcely a castle in Britain can illustrate the developing story of fortification better than Chepstow.
There is much to see here, and to clamber and climb on as well as viewing. Chepstow is a huge, complex and grandiosely sited castle and deserves a lengthy visit
To the South West:
Visible from miles around, Wells Cathedral is a reminder of the prestige and power of the Mediaeval church and is probably the most complete mediaeval complex surviving in Britain today. The other remaining buildings, from the Bishop's Palace to the Vicar's Close contribute to the ambience of the place and you can easily spend hours exploring all these medieval structures.
Glastonbury is probably best known for the enormous music festival that takes place near by. However, Glastonbury is a town cloaked in myth and legend and it attracts seekers of King Arthur's Isle of Avalon, for his bones are said to be buried here together with those of Guinevere, said to be the Abbess of Glastonbury. With the ruined abbey dating from the 12th century, the town is certainly old, but whether there is any truth to the legends remains to be seen. The ancient village is a unique blending of many cultures, from farmer to Druid, from Hippie to new age seeker and to just plain Somerset villager. Everyone is welcome to explore the ruins and climb the Tor or experience the peace of Chalice Wells.
Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole:
The Cheddar Gorge in Somerset is a must-see for any enthusiast of things prehistoric. The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty, walking and climbing opportunities and its variety of cheese, but it is a vast history of continuous habitation that draws the history lover. The various caves within the Gorge have been home to Cheddar's inhabitants, prehistoric and otherwise, until the end of the 19th century, since at least 11,000 B.C.E (Before Current Era, i.e., Before Christ) and probably long before, as the finding of a 100,000 year old flint axe within the nearby village can attest.
Within the length of the Gorge is a series of spectacular underground caves. Of most significance to a history lover is Gough Cave, rediscovered at the end of the 19th century by Richard Gough when he started exploring the mouth of a cave recently vacated by its elderly female inhabitant. Inside he found a mud and boulder choke and he laboured for six years, with the help of his six able sons, to open up the spectacular chambers hidden behind the choke. Gough's example is the largest cave, with half a mile of magnificent caverns carved out by the actions of an ancient river (there is still a river flowing beneath the cave).
Bath is the only place in England with real hot springs and since the dawn of time it has been the healing centre for England. The Romans did not discover the springs, but they made good use of them. They arrived in the area around 45 A.D., after sweeping across Europe, and were delighted to find the healing mineral hot springs and the gorgeous location for them to start a settlement. And settle they did! This location had everything to offer, from the natural hot mineral springs, to the verdant wooded hills, giving shelter, game, and necessary resources such as lead and coal. In addition, the settlement had its own Clairvoyant or Seer, so that the new city, called Aquae Sulis, became a spiritual centre as well.
This was a big city, like Rome, with stone walls, stone buildings with decorative porticos and mosaic floors, and with its mild climate, green and pleasant hills, became a major retirement centre for generals and senators. Its Roman heyday lasted for 400 years! The Romans left when their empire collapsed and the rest is history.
Today, Bath is a small, but cosmopolitan and lovely city. In the time of King George, the city fathers built many innovative buildings in a style that has come to be known as the Georgian Style. Bath is the birthplace of this once modern architecture. Now, with its architectural integrity and the golden hue of its stone, it is one of the jewels of Britain's heritage.
Set within the rolling hills of the most amazing West County landscape, Bath has become the perfect base from which to explore our English history. There are many nearby historical sites, all within 60 minutes of Bath: Stonehenge, the enormous stone circle at Avebury, the beautiful cathedral at Wells, the mysteries of Glastonbury, the National Trust village of Lacock, the perfect
Cotswold village of Castle Combe, the Cheddar Gorge, or Longleat, the spectacular home of the Marquis of Bath, as well as some amazing Castles in Wales - just 45 minutes away!
The new Thermae Bath Spa
Bath has a rich array of museums and galleries, from the famous Roman Baths to the museum of East Asian Art. Regular art displays are featured at the central Library in The Podium as well as the Holburne Museum of Art which houses a fine collection of 17th and 18th century art including the likes of Gainsborough.
Attractions, Museums and Galleries:
Roman Baths and Pump Room, Abbey Churchyard (01225) 477785
If you had only one place to visit in Bath - It should definitely be The Roman Baths. This is an amazing historical artifact, the remains of life in Roman times - 2000 years old! Your entrance fee gives you a well interpreted tour with audio guides in several languages as well as special audio guides for children. The Roman Baths are truly astonishing, much larger and more fascinating than you could ever expect. In July and August, the Roman Baths are open at night, when you can enjoy an extra special experience, with the Ancient Baths lit by torchlight.
New Baths: Thermae Bath Spa, Hot Bath Street (01225) 428126
Finally, we have the Spa! This is the fabulous new building housing a state of the art spa using Bath's natural hot spring waters. Everyone who has used the spa has been delighted with its facilities, which include spa treatments, steam rooms, restaurant and four bathing pools, the highlight of which is the roof top pool. Reasonably priced with no membership or joining fees.
No.1 Royal Crescent, Royal Crescent (01225) 428126
This fully furnished 18th century house makes an excellent starting point for a tour of this remarkable city. The Royal Crescent is a crescent shaped terrace of Georgian splendor that was the height of elegance in 1774. Most of the Georgian houses built in Bath were holiday lets for the wealthy visitors to Bath. When you visit this house you get to see what it would have been like to be one of those wealthy visitors - remember: this could have been your holiday home!
Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume, Bennett Street (01225) 4777173
Built by John Wood in 1771, this magnificent building housed the new Ball Rooms and was the all purpose entertainment centre for the fashionable denizens of Bath. If you had been one of these fashionable people, this would have been where you would have spent your evenings, arranging your children's marriages, negotiating business deals, dancing and flirting - with a little gambling for good measure. The Assembly Rooms still serve as concert hall, meeting rooms, and even ball rooms to this day. They also are home to the Museum of Costume, which houses the history of fashion, from the sixteenth century to the present day. There is usually a fascinating special costume exhibit that is all part of your entrance fee to the Assembly Rooms.
The Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street (01225) 443000
Author of such classic social satires as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma", this museum is dedicated to the life and times of Jane Austen. Set in a smaller Georgian residence, such as one in which Jane Austen might have lived, the centre offers a snapshot of life in Bath during Regency times (Jane's life time) and explores how living in Bath affected Jane Austen's life and influenced her writing. It has a permanent exhibition featuring displays of the places from Jane Austen's Bath; her life and family; Regency Bath; film costumes; a delightful Regency Tea Rooms, and lots more.
Bath Abbey and Heritage Vaults, Bath Abbey (01225) 422462
Bath Abbey is a gorgeous and stately Cathedral overlooking the Roman Baths and Pumproom, but predating them by several centuries. Remarkable for its fan vaulted interior and for the angels of Jacob's Ladder decorating its exterior, this is a must for any history buff. A bonus for your visit to the Abbey would be its fine choir and organ concerts. Restored in the 18th century, the Heritage Vaults are cellars housing objects from this Abbey and all previous Cathedrals and religious monuments on this site, some dating from Saxon times.
Building of Bath Museum, the Vineyards across from the Paragon (01225) 333895
For those wanting to learn even more about the wondrous architectural history of Bath. This museum located in the lovely Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel, celebrates the construction of Georgian Houses, from the Cellars to the Rafters!
Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road (01225) 318348
An interesting insight in to Bath's commercial & industrial heritage. The museum tells a story of the city's social history over the last 200 years. This is where you find out about the nuts and bolts of working life.
Holburne Museum of Art, Great Pultney Street (01225) 466669
Formerly the grand Sydney Hotel and surrounded by the Sydney Pleasure Gardens, which were a favourite respite for the likes of Jane Austen, who lived just across the road in Sydney Place, this is now the home of the Holburne Museum. It houses an exquisite collection of 18th century art and artifacts, including paintings by Gainsborough. It also has several special exhibits of artworks, both modern and historical.
Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street (01225) 477233
This gallery is housed in the impressive Guildhall and boasts works by Gainsborough, Sickert, Turner, Farrington and Barker, as well as hosting regular temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The modern gallery on the ground floor has ever changing, high profile exhibitions featuring various mediums including applied arts, photography and local works.
Museum of East Asian Art, 12 Bennett Street (01225) 464640
A small and perfect museum, filled to the brim with the finest examples of East Asian artifacts. This museum is one of the best interpreted museums in the world, and features a timeline comparison between Eastern and Western craftsmanship. This worthy museum is important to Georgian history, for fine chinese designs featured in Georgian dinnerware and textiles.
William Hershel Museum, 19 New King Street (01225) 446865
This is the modest house in which the famous astronomer (and musician), William Hershel lived in the 18th century and from where he made many important discoveries with his homemade telescope, including the discovery of the planet Uranus. You can learn about how the less-than-enormously-wealthy folk lived at this time, visiting his workshop and music room.
The American Museum and Gardens, (01225) 460503
You may very well ask, what is an American Museum doing in Bath? Well, it must be remembered that the American Revolutionary period is the Georgian period in England. This museum is in a spectacular manor house with landscaped grounds and gardens overlooking the amazing Limpley Stoke Valley. The Manor's rooms have been perfectly reconstructed to replicate different periods of American Colonial and revolutionary life. There is also a remarkable collection of American Quilts as well as featured textile and other arts-and- crafts related exhibits. Several events take place there each year celebrating historic points in American History or simply enjoying the American holidays.