Apsley House Hotel

141 Newbridge Hill, Weston, Bath, BANES, England, BA1 3PT

Price from: £87

Apsley House exterior

By Amy Watkins, your Bath expert

I write for BBC Countryfile, Cruise .... Read more
#9 of 20
expert-rated hotels in Bath
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
3.9
3.9
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.2
4.2
Public areas:
4.3
4.3
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance

Best for Romance - Expert review of Apsley House Hotel

Charming country house guest house located on the fringes of Bath.

Period features and friendly owners make this guest house a relaxed and luxurious option - it’s traditional with just a hint of chintz. I felt like I could relax in the lounge with my feet up; although I wouldn’t dare do that in such a refined house furnished with lovely antiques.

Location: 

Apsley House was built by the Duke of Wellington in 1832 and is about a mile from the city centre, in the western suburbs of Bath on the Bristol side. My fit friend lives nearby and always walks into town - she does it in about 20 minutes, but you might want to catch the bus that stops opposite the hotel, as that only takes five minutes.

Bedrooms: 

Apsley House blurs the lines between an upmarket guest house and a boutique hotel with 12 individually designed rooms. My favourite is the cosy Vitoria room on the second floor, with warm reds decorating the super king-size bed and a large bathroom. But there are lots of choices for different budgets and tastes.

The Wellesley on the ground floor is best for those with mobility problems and, like all the rooms, it is full of unexpected little features such as tea boxes, handheld antique mirrors and interesting furniture. Decor is on the traditional side with swirling floral curtains and lots of four-poster or king-size beds. In January 2011 top-floor rooms were refurbished with new bathrooms and decor and, although smaller, because of their position in the house, they have a fresh, cottagey feel to them.

Downstairs are the garden rooms (refurbished in January 2010), which have direct access onto the gardens. The Garden Suite is ideal for families as there is a curtained-off single bedroom that would suit younger guests. Romantics, of which I am one, will like the Wellington Room (the Duke’s old bedroom), the French themed four-poster Romantic Room (funnily enough) and The Beau, which has a separate garden entrance and an amazing antique roll-top bath. A warning for shower-lovers though: you wash in the antique bath as the original owners did – with a jug, not a power-shower.

Check availability and compare prices for Apsley House Hotel

Public areas: 

Classic FM plays in the hotel and I could have happily snoozed in a comfy chair in the Drawing Room, surrounded by the grand piano, chandeliers and oil paintings. The Drawing Room opens onto the dining room, which has views over the gardens below where there are outside tables for the sunnier months. It’s a great place to watch the hot air balloons passing over in the summertime, although avoid lunchtimes as the kids will be out in the school playground next door.

Eating and drinking: 

An honesty bar is tucked into the corner of the drawing room. A Welsh dresser looms over the sunny dining room where Continental and cooked breakfasts are served up in the morning. Veggie options are available and there’s a daily special on the menu such as eggs Benedict to look out for.

Service: 

Polite and professional, but also very friendly – guests are encouraged to feel at home... owners Claire and Nick Potts have even been known to let guests store cheese in their fridge on request.

Check availability and compare prices for Apsley House Hotel

Who stays there: 

It’s a mix of Americans on holiday and Londoners on weekends away – but it’s mainly couples in their 40s. Special offers in the winter tend to attract older couples looking for a mid-week break.

Price advice: 

Look out for mid-week and late availability offers, especially in winter time. Room prices include breakfast, parking and free WiFi.

Pros: 
Good value
Free WiFi
Cons: 
Not central
Garden next door to school playground

More information on Apsley House Hotel:

Price from:
£87
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
141 Newbridge Hill, Weston, Bath, BANES, England, BA1 3PT
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Parking
Neighbourhood:
Weston

Apsley House Hotel

Set focus Read our Best Price Guarantee

Apsley House Hotel - Check availability and compare prices from over 30 leading sites at the same time

Comparing over 30 hotel providers:

Have you been to Apsley House Hotel? Would you recommended it?