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Hotel Highlights

  • Only six rooms, so a stay here feels peaceful and private
  • Bath’s historic city centre is just a 10-minute walk away
  • Lovely organic breakfasts

Overview

An utterly charming guesthouse on the corner of a quiet residential street in Bath, Brindleys B&B hotel radiates warmth and hospitality with six pretty bedrooms (all with stunning bathrooms), luxuriously thick towels, organic breakfasts and a lovely little garden. All just an easy stroll from the cultured city centre.

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Here's what you get for booking Brindleys with us:

A book about Bath to grace your coffee table

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Six.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, from 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $133.32 (£83), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include full English and/or Continental breakfast and tax. Guests are also given a free parking permit.

Hotel closed

From 24–26 December 2013.

At the hotel

Gardens, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TVs and REN bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Light and airy Room One has two sash windows, a pale blue-and-taupe complexion, a bed scattered with gingham cushions, and a wooden-floored bathroom with a rain-head shower. The largest, most lavish resting place is Room Three, which counts lofty bay windows, a carved and curved French-style double bed, original cornices and two armchairs among its charms.

Packing tips

Cashmere bed-socks for padding around in; a copy of Persuasion by Jane Austen; comfy shoes for long walks by the canal and/or cycling gear (borrow wheels from Bath Bike Hire: www.bathbikehire.com).

Children

No under-12s allowed – Brindleys is strictly for the grown-ups.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant, just a little light-filled breakfast room with simple linen-topped tables, blue-and-white crockery, and garden views.

Hotel Bar

There's no bar, but you're only a short stroll from the city centre and its many drinking dens.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8.30am and 9.30am during the week; 9am–10am at the weekend.

Room service

None, so eat a hearty breakfast. Sugar-fiends will appreciate the little stash of sweets left in rooms.

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Dress code

English eccentric: petticoats and pashminas; pastels and pocket watches.

Top table

Nab a window table and let the garden inspire botany-themed games of ‘I spy’.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Roman Baths ((0)1225 477785; www.romanbaths.co.uk) are the city’s most famous landmark, and a World Heritage Site: a beautiful Roman temple and bathhouses built around the only hot spring in Britain, still flowing with naturally hot water. For a real Jane Austen experience, take an afternoon to wander round Royal Victoria Park and the Royal Crescent. The design, architecture and atmosphere are about as English as it’s possible to be. Walk west out of Bath along the Kennet and Avon Canal and enjoy the most picturesque towpaths in the country, or soak up the grandeur of Bath’s magnificent 15th-century abbey.

Local restaurants

Madrid ((0)1225 423 417), a tapas restaurant on Chapel Row – 20 minutes' walk from the hotel – is well-renowned for palatable bite-size dishes; pork belly with Pedro Jiminez sauce and duck egg with chorizo both feature on its meaty, mouthwatering menu. Casanis ((0)1225 780055; www.casanis.co.uk) at 4 Saville Row is a petite Gallic charmer run by a husband-and-wife team with prior restaurant experience in New York, France and London. Hudsons ((0)1225 332323; www.hudsonbars.co.uk) on London Street is a slick, stylish steakhouse housed in what was once a characterful Victorian pub. Steaks are meaty as you like, and we thoroughly recommend the truffle-oil-and-parmesan chips.

Local bars

Head to the Halcyon hotel ((0)1225 444100; www.thehalcyon.com) at 2-3 South Parade and have cocktails in its bar, Circo.  The Raven of Bath (www.theravenofbath.co.uk) at 7 Queen Street is a family-run freehouse full of rambling bookshelves, odd stools and mismatched chairs. It’s as messy and sweet as the endearing real-ale regulars who make a show of holding their pints up to the light.

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Near the Kennet and Avon canal

Brindleys

14 Pulteney Gardens, Bath, Somerset BA2 6AE, United Kingdom

Brindleys is a short stroll from the centre of Bath, in a leafy suburb near the Kennet and Avon canal.

Planes

Bristol airport is 19 miles away. Easyjet (www.easyjet.com) has flights arriving from all over Europe, including Dublin, Geneva and Edinburgh. There's no shortage of taxis when you land.

Trains

Bath Spa is less than a mile away, with First Great Western trains connecting to London, Reading, Cardiff and Exeter (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk).

Automobiles

Bristol is a 25-minute drive. The hotel provides free parking permits.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Emily Magnuson , Frieze framer

The pressure was on from the moment I booked our train and discovered that our return tickets weren’t just for Bath, but for Bath Spa. Flooded with visions of Mr Smith and me lavishly enrobed in some sort of Austen-high-society-meets-Roman-god get-up, my mind alternated between us sipping healing water and slurping the best claret. Our Brindleys escape just had to be wonderful… my tra…
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Brindleys

Anonymous review by Emily Magnuson, Frieze framer

The pressure was on from the moment I booked our train and discovered that our return tickets weren’t just for Bath, but for Bath Spa. Flooded with visions of Mr Smith and me lavishly enrobed in some sort of Austen-high-society-meets-Roman-god get-up, my mind alternated between us sipping healing water and slurping the best claret. Our Brindleys escape just had to be wonderful… my train ticket had promised it would be.

Corset packed, off we set. To my imagination’s delight our special-treatment weekend began even before we hit spa-town territory. Fearing a late arrival, I called Brindleys from Oxford's train station and spoke to our host Jamie about a tardy check-in. ‘We’ll be waiting for you – no worries!’ he told me cheerily. ‘It’s only 15 minutes from the station’ – which allayed my concerns about disrupting the bed part of the B&B routine.

Jamie wasn’t kidding. It is exactly a quarter-of-an-hour trot from Bath (Spa!) station to the stone gates of 14 Pulteney Gardens. A charming corner guesthouse on a quiet, residential street with a terrifically groomed garden, well-lit front, and an instantly homey feel. Passing a number of plain guesthouses marked with ‘no vacancy’ notices, then spotting Brindleys sophisticated, spotlighted ‘Boutique B&B’ signage hinted that at this private-road property we were in for something above and beyond the usual accommodation so popular in this beloved city-break destination.

Owners Michael and Sarah wisely recruited their cherished nephew to run their joint, and it was the man himself who answered our ring. Jamie promptly oriented us to the neighbourhood gesturing that a 10-minute walk in one direction (truly) takes you to the centre of town, and the same in the other (no, really) has you in Somerset’s ripe-for-walking rolling hills.

Base camp for us was room 6 – intriguing for the lovely top-floorer of what is in fact a five-room bed and breakfast. Jamie also took special care to relay all the important details: self-service tea and coffee, wine fridge, how to turn off the noisy bathroom fan, a reminder to tuck into the complimentary KitKats which are replenished with the daily tidy-up (he obviously spotted us eyeing them up), and finally that the (full) breakfast hour is a modest 9–10am slot. Jamie sort of hinted that they are lazy regarding serving breakfast: I argue that they are over-keen.

We were more than happy with the prospective menu of full English and continental spread and/or eggs any way the heart desires… especially since we were already impressed with a room that was immaculately clean, well-upholstered (think 21st century grandma – in a good way) and laden with an enormous window, sizeable bathroom and luxurious walk-in shower. I’ll refrain from the ‘Lack of bath in Bath? How ironic’ type comment because the shower really is more suited to a Roman emperor's ablutions than those at your usual English B&Bs.

Given our late arrival, dinner was on our mind and we were wowed with Jamie’s quick presentation of the local restaurant map as well as notes on a few off-the-radar recommendations. His tip for local Italian, Sotto Sotto, seemed to good to ignore. We were soon enough won-over by their hospitality despite a full reservation schedule. I don’t know if it was their down-pat routine or Mr Smith and my fresh-faced look, but our hosts were outrageously accommodating, funny and generous with the limoncello. Needless to say, we don’t remember much about wandering home but we can report that the beds back at Brindleys are very comfortable indeed.

Post-liqueurs, I woke pre-breakfast hour and upon discovering our forgetfulness of toothpaste (a reminder that B&Bs are not five-star hotels), I decided to venture on an early run to explore Bath solo leaving Mr Smith to savour the delicious duvet and quiet morning amid Toile de Jouy.

Now I won’t make excuses: I got lost. Very. The famous John Wood-designed Georgian Circus leading to the Royal Crescent is confusing to an American first-timer and Bath is in a rather more hilly basin than I expected – but my goodness is it splendid. Exhausted and glowing (I believe that’s the ladylike term for sweaty), I was welcomed back to Brindleys by Mr Smith, Jamie and his wife Anel’s chuckles – 18th-century courtesan I looked not – and a delicious plate of smoked salmon scrambled eggs. It was just right, and served on charming china with croissants, fancy jam selection and a bottomless cup of coffee.

My poor orientation had put paid to meeting any other breakfasters, but looking around at the empty plates I could tell it was a full house. Jamie furnished us with a few not-to-be-missed dining spots for our day out, including the Circus on Brock Street, to which we made our afternoon mission.

Waters at the Roman ruins were the headline act of the day, and we even learned a lot: who knew they were only discovered in the late 19th century? Not us. We spent the rest of our time wandering around this town that has just celebrated 25 years as a World Heritage Site, indulging in the eye candy that is Bath’s architecture. Between the run, all that history and lovely wine list at the Circus, we found ourselves in great need of afternoon respite.

Rather than hitting up Britain’s only natural Thermae Spa bath, we retreated to the comfort of our Brindleys shower, which I dare say did the trick. The local rugby match was gathering in the city centre just minutes away about the moment we dosed off for a nap, but with the country hills in view, and quiet street below, we felt perfectly spoiled. Like Jamie and Anel and their Brindleys, the city itself emits a sense of calm wholesome, luxury – little wonder this Bath boutique B&B ensured our spa weekend lived up to its name. This is a land where lavender sprigs are left on pillows and home-made biscuits are wrapped with ribbon… you get the drift. Bath Spa, thank you for spoiling us.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Brindleys from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is charming. The rooms are very tidy and clean. I love the updated bathrooms. The staff that works at the hotel is very friendly.

Don’t expect

I found the rooms small, but I didn't think that was a big issue. The parking is on the street, but I didn't have an issue with finding the parking and they provide a free parking pass during your stay.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the lovely decor, spotlessly clean rooms, comfortable bed and delicious breakfast.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It was ultra clean, an amazing location, super-friendly and served a great breakfast. Top marks.

Don’t expect

It was pretty faultless.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a beautifully kept and pleasant hotel in a great location near to Bath city centre. The owners welcome you almost as if into their own home and gave great advice and recommendations for places to visit and for dinner. We were handed a welcome book for Bath, which was a lovely present for people from this country and abroad. Breakfast was amazing and I only wish I could cook my own breakfasts that well.

Don’t expect

I really don't think I can think of anything… it's a great place to stay.

Rating: 10/10 stars