Apple Tree is in an area dense with b&bs, but it stands out for its modern approach and stellar service. It’s tucked away on Pulteney Gardens, a Victorian street near the rugby and cricket grounds, only 10 minutes' walk from the railway station and five minutes' (flat) walk into the centre.
Les and Lynsay are ex-airline workers and have travelled a fair bit, so they know what makes a stay more comfortable and provide Molton Brown toiletries, fluffy towels, and free WiFi in all six rooms. Decor is relaxing and modern, with muted colours such as charcoal greys and biscuit beiges livened up with dashes of trendy wallpaper and squishy soft furnishings. Rooms are small and would suit people planning on being out and about more than those wanting to spend a weekend in bed. Two spacious loft-space singles, three compact doubles and an airy triple family room mean there is a room to suit most travellers. My favourite thing is the free chocolate waiting in the room, but maybe I am too easily swayed by sweets.
Sunny yellow curtains frame the dining room’s bay windows; the trendy high-backed black chairs are a lot more comfortable than they look. Decor is simple but stylish, with a hint of shiny floral wallpaper, which is so now in hotel-land. Comprehensive information, including restaurant advice, is available from the information stand in the dining room.
Eating and drinking
Lynsay cooks up locally-sourced breakfasts to go with the juice and cereal on offer. I love the juicy plump sausages, but there are also veggie options and treats such as scrambled egg with smoked salmon.
Relaxed and welcoming – Les and Lynsay make guests feel like they are staying with friends. They’ve lived in and around Bath for a long time, so ask them for their personal recommendations about what to eat, see and do.
Who stays there
Some mid-week business guests and at weekends it tends to be ladies on spa weekends or wedding guests. Previously there was a Japanese-themed guest house here and there are still quite a few visitors from Japan.
There’s a two night minimum stay on weekends and Bank Holidays, as is usual with Bath b&bs. Free WiFi is included in the price, as is free parking (either around the back of the house or with a permit on the street).
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Friendly owners
- Free parking/WiFi
- No lounge area
- Small rooms