Upper Oldfield Park is up the hill from Bath city centre and has a concentration of b&bs as it’s still only 15 minutes' walk (downhill on your way in) to the shopping centre of Bath and another 10 minutes to the major attractions.
Athole House’s location means that it has space that city centre hotels can only dream of – and the four bedrooms are all a large size, with king-size or twin beds, making them a popular choice for American visitors who despair of tiny English rooms. Sunny yellow decor combined with what Wolfgang described as Germanic (‘clean and functional’) design gives the illusion of even more space. Burney and Pope are spacious standard double rooms, but try and get Beckford or Fielding as these deluxe rooms have loads of room – front-facing Beckford is my favourite and has a massive bathroom as well. All the showers are highly pressurised, so there’s no pfffft in the morning when you turn the taps on.
Visitors arrive into the hallway and you're instantly aware that you’re in someone’s home, albeit a very smart and welcoming one. The original Victorian conservatory has just been converted into a spacious dining and living room - there's a comfy sitting area, underfloor heating and a computer and board games in the corner for guests to use. Outside there's a beautiful back garden to enjoy in warmer weather.
Eating and drinking
They make their own bread (including rye and spelt varieties), blueberry yogurt and muesli so nobody is going hungry on Wolfgang’s watch. There’s also a delicious seasonal menu with cooked favourites, including kippers, poached eggs and fresh buttermilk pancakes.
Helpful and welcoming – with only four rooms inside their house, you get a really personal touch here. Wolfgang will pick guests up from the railway or bus station and also meet them there with luggage to save them carting it around on the final day. For longer stay guests, Wolfgang will also drop them off or pick them up for walks within five miles of Bath.
Who stays there
International guests coming to Bath for both business and leisure – Wolfgang has the advantage of being able to speak German so the guest house is popular with his fellow countrymen.
Look out for seasonal mid-week offers on longer stays and special spa break deals that include entry into the Thermae Bath Spa.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Sporty types
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Excellent personal service
- Huge rooms
- Books up quickly
- Out of town