ABBEY GREEN is our gracious studio apartment in Abbey House, located in the heart of Bath, literally right next door to the Roman Baths. The Abbey Green flat is the first floor flat of this Georgian townhouse and boasts a remarkable view of Abbey Green from 3 imposing windows, as well as an amazing view of the Bath Abbey from the kitchen!
The apartment is furnished in an eclectic mix of antique furnishings from Georgian to Deco and has something to please the eye wherever you might look - including the views from the windows!.
There is a FOUR POSTER double bed in the large living room space along with an attractive and comfortable couch, lovely dining table and quality TV, DVD and WIFI. For those who need it, we have a good quality pull down double bed as well, so we can sleep four if necessary - All in the same beautiful room.
The stylish kitchen faces out the back, with the view of the Abbey from your breakfast table. We have a washing machine and clothes dryer in the kitchen as well.
Exactly next door to the Roman Baths and Pumproom, as well the beautiful fan-vaulted Cathedral of Bath Abbey, the house overlooks the old medieval streets that run alongside the Abbey and the Roman Baths. You will be in the very centre of Bath with excellent restaurants, cafes, theatres, museums, cycle paths, hill walking, heritage sites, as well as fantastic shopping all around you. Everything you can imagine is at your doorstep.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 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||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 50 km, Nearest railway: Bath spa 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
This is an amazing location. You could not be any closer to the centre because you are literally in the VERY centre of Bath. Ancient cobbled streets lead to your home and all of Bath is at your doorstep!
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:
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.
The splendid Gardens of Stourhead
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 alongside a lake in glorious parkland.
The principal contribution to the grounds was made by the 3rd Viscount of Weymouth (1734-1796) who employed Capability 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 LongleatÃ?s ground-breaking innovation has been repeated at wildlife collections all over the world.
To the West:
Avebury Stone Circles:
The view of the Village surrounded by the ancient Stones
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.
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.Ãƒ? This is an amazing historical artifact, the remains of life in Roman times - 2000 years old!Ãƒ? Your entrance fee gives you a well interpreted tour with audio guides in several languages as well as special audio guides for children.Ãƒ? The Roman Baths are truly astonishing, much larger and more fascinating than you could ever expect.Ãƒ? 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!Ãƒ? This is the fabulous new building housing a state of the art spa using Bath's natural hot spring waters.Ãƒ? 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.Ãƒ? 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.Ãƒ? 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 www.museumofcostume.co.uk.
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.Ãƒ? 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.