Steeped in history, with impressive Georgian architecture, cobbled streets and countless shops and boutiques, Bath is completely underrated. The perfect city for a quick weekend break, we thought it was about time we paid Bath a visit.
Travelling with a dog in tow can be tricky when it comes to booking a hotel and a place to eat, but Villa at Henrietta Park is a pup’s paradise (not to mention ours too). Although mere moments from the very heart of historic Bath and all its shops and restaurants, this handsome five-star Victorian villa is ideally situated on a quiet residential street and nestled right opposite a leafy park – perfect for furry companions.
When we arrived at the pretty hotel, we were immediately greeted by a very friendly and almost overly-helpful host who made all sorts of recommendations of things to do and see in Bath, whilst showing us around the hotel (there’s a dining room in which to take complimentary tea and cake during the day), and eventually taking us to our room.
Finally, upon entering our room (no. 23), we sighed a big sigh of relief and plonked onto the bed. The room was tasteful, spacious and elegant, with comfy armchairs and a super comfy king-size Hypnos bed with feather-light goose down duvets and Egyptian cotton bed linen, lovely shutters (we want them for ourselves), fresh flowers that were so pretty they almost looked fake, a large television with Netflix access, a radio and a tea and coffee area.
They had even put out a separate bed for our pup – as well as a water bowl, food bowl and toy. It’s easy to see why the hotel has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
After settling in and making ourselves some tea, we felt a lot more relaxed and human again. With a definite spring in our step we headed out the hotel’s sister hotel, No.15 Great Pulteney, for afternoon tea.
No. 15 was just a short walk across the park from our hotel, on a beautiful grand road of handsome Georgian terraces– a perfect example of the typical architecture in Bath.
The hotel has very unique interiors, with a tall Big Ben clock lamp, the receptionist desk inside a large dolls house, and lots of other quirky things dotted around.
The main chandelier is covered in ‘lost earrings’, and the glass tables in the restaurant showcase a huge collection of colourful jewellery. The bar was made of perspex, and the surrounding wall had a weird but wonderful fish scale design, whilst above there was a large gold beam with uplighters softly illuminating the room.
We were shown to a little table by the window and were handed the tea menu.
The champagne afternoon tea arrived quite promptly, with very tall flutes filled to the brim with delicious champagne, and two pots of Earl Grey tea.
The tiered cake stand was hung over our table from a tall stand with a hook, and it boasted an interesting selection of finger sandwiches, sweet treats and scones.
The sandwiches were refreshingly different – such as roast chicken with crispy fried chicken skin – and the scones were warm and came with clotted cream and berry jam. We were starving when we arrived but we struggled to finish it! Luckily our pup was under our table offering a helping hand and inhaling any crumbs that fell on the floor!
It was a lovely experience being able to go out for a glass of champagne and some afternoon tea and not have to feel guilty about leaving the dog at home.
When we couldn’t eat another morsel, we enjoyed a long walk through Bath’s cobbled streets, popping into the Brissi, India Jane and OKA stores, and coming across lots of pretty interior boutiques too, marvelling at the pretty sandstone architecture.
It was only when it started to rain that we headed back to warm up at the hotel.
With full tummies and no dinner reservation or energy to go back out, we opted for a lazy night in.
We crawled onto the bed with an array of snacks and a couple Gin & Tonics (you can help yourself from the honesty bar), and fell asleep whilst watching Netflix and listening to the sound of the rain outside.
The next morning we made our way to the breakfast room, where a continental style breakfast had been laid out for anyone to help themselves to.
There were yoghurts with homemade berry compote, fruit juice, cereals, croissants, bread and spreads, whilst the menu offered things like buttermilk pancakes, porridge, free range eggs, smoked salmon and Full English.
We turned down the complimentary bucks fizz (it felt too early for alcohol, but was a nice touch), opting for tea, coffee and home made smoothies.
With a Visit Britain’s Breakfast Award, it would have been rude not to order something hot! My boyfriend went for the Full English (flavoursome and filling without being greasy), and I opted for the potato pancakes with smoked salmon. Neither of us were disappointed.
We left the hotel feeling so totally relaxed and happy, and are already planning a return visit!
Stays at Villa at Henrietta Park, Bath start from £149 per room per night based on two sharing on a B&B basis. To bookhttps://www.villahenriettapark.co.uk