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The Roseate Villa, Bath
You could argue that the Roseate Villa is effectively a bed and breakfast, but such is the professionalism of the service and the quality of the 21 refined and carefully-styled bedrooms that the term "boutique hotel" better conveys what it's all about. The food is a big deal here, with pretty much everything possible baked on the premises. Not only are the breakfasts memorable (they include a complimentary glass of Buck's Fizz), but the afternoon teas are too (you can have them out on the lawn in summer), and you'll be offered home-made cake on arrival. The hotel/B&B occupies a pair of grandiose Victorian houses, in a quiet location opposite underrated Henrietta Park. If you can tear yourself away, the centre of Bath is about 10 minutes' stroll away.
The Roseate Villa is in a peaceful spot, yet the city centre is an easy and pleasant stroll away.
Some of Bath's most famous landmarks, such as Pulteney Bridge and Henrietta Park, are within a 10-minute walk.
By car: around 45 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours 30 minutes from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester.
By train: there are direct services to Bath Spa from Bristol Temple Meads (11 minutes), Cardiff Central (1 hour 5 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 15 minutes). The hotel is around a 15-minute walk from Bath Spa station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits anyone looking for a professionally-run and rather swish place to stay, but with the intimate scale of a guest house. With shuttered windows overlooking the park, boarded floors and stuccoed walls, the interconnected breakfast room and bar are lovely light-filled spaces.
Service & Facilities
Free parking, either in the hotel's car park or with an on-street permit, is included in the rates if you book direct. Dogs are welcome in some bedrooms, and the hotel has a "Woof" box of canine treats. A park lies across the street.
- Afternoon tea
- Pet friendly
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
Amenities and extras include a smart DAB radio as well as a TV, homemade shortbread, and in fancier rooms a fridge with fresh milk for tea and coffee. Our favourite room is No 17, with views over Henrietta Park through its shuttered bay windows, and a chaise longue.
Classic Superior, Luxury Garden View, Deluxe, Luxury Park View rooms, the Hideaway Suite
Facilities include: Hypnos bed, goose down duvets, Egyptian cotton linen, ensuite bathroom with Penhaligon toiletries, smart TV, digital radio, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The night porters have been trained as bakers, and in the early hours bake treats for the following day. The Roseate Villa does an excellent afternoon tea, with home-baked bread for the finger sandwiches and homemade scones and jams.
Henrietta Bar: elegant, cocktails, extensive wine list, local beers and pizzas. Cocktails from £7.95, pizzas from £12.95.
Breakfast: cooked and continental options. Served Mon-Fri 7.30-10am, Sat-Sun 7.30-10.30am.
Afternoon tea: full tea service. Served Mon-Sun 2-5.30pm. £25pp, with champagne £35pp.