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Dorian House, Bath
Dorian House is a luxurious bed and breakfast on the southern slopes of Bath. It occupies a large, semi-detached house dating from 1880, constructed, like so much of the city, out of the local soft-hued limestone. It's a civilised and spacious place to stay, with a proper lounge (not always a given in Bath's upmarket B&Bs) and attractive conservatory breakfast room backing onto a neat garden. The 14 individual bedrooms are rather swish, particularly those with four-poster beds, and rooms at the front of the house enjoy panoramic views over the city. Breakfasts are very good, as is the service.
The expansive views across the city from front-facing bedrooms are fantastic - you can even make out the Royal Crescent in the distance.
Located in the south-west of the city, Bath's famous Roman baths are a mere 15-minute stroll from the hotel.
By car: 40 minutes from Bristol, just over an hour from Cardiff and 1 hour 30 minutes from Reading. There is free parking on site.
By train: Bath Spa station is just 15 minutes away by foot, serviced by Great Western Railway with links to Gloucester (1 hour 20 minutes), Bristol Temple Meads (11 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 20 minutes). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Couples wanting upmarket B&B accommodation will like this hotel. We love the secluded and well-maintained sloping garden, which has a pond, a bosky covered sitting area, and a few tables for breakfast outdoors in summer.
Service & Facilities
There's free parking on the drive by the house, or, if all spaces are taken, on the street with a parking permit.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
A highlight for us is the interesting art in the rooms - ranging from Venetian scenes to local prints of the city. Our favourite room is Slava, a ground-floor bedroom with a city view and a modern four-poster bed and a slipper bath in the room itself.
Cosy & Standard Double rooms, Standard, Superior & Executive King Size rooms, Garden View & City View Four Poster
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
There's normally an honesty bar in the lounge stocked with beer, wine and spirits. Our favourite dish is the house version of Eggs Benedict - poached eggs and bacon on a toasted muffin with hollandaise sauce.
Breakfast: continental, grilled and vegetarian options, local produce. Served daily.