Marlborough House is located at the bottom of Marlborough Lane, which leads up to the Royal Crescent (just a five-minute walk). It's also on the corner of Crescent Gardens, a row of b&bs on the Upper Bristol road, which is not a particularly attractive street, but is really close to Royal Victoria Park and only 10 minutes' walk from the centre.
Anyone for a glass of sherry? There's a free decanter of the sweet stuff in every bedroom. Currently the six bedrooms are being stealthily converted from a heavily antiquated style to lighter and more modern places to be. So you might find an antique wardrobe near a modern mirror, or an old-style bed alongside a brand new TV. Names such as The Victorian room, The Edwardian room, The Floral room and The Bamboo room might give you the impression that you know what you’re getting – but check with Peter as his refurbishment plans might mean that the four-poster bed has been ditched or The Bamboo room doesn’t have any bamboo in it anymore. At present rooms are a beguiling mix of old and new, which gives them lots of character, but not much of a definitive design. Ask for a room on the side of the house to get views over the countryside.
Bright and white, the sunny and surprisingly quiet breakfast room is a nice mixture of modern materials and reclaimed antiques – including the loveseat that I’d like to steal. It opens onto the ultra-modern kitchen, where guests go to get fresh fruit and yogurts, giving it a very homely feel in the mornings.
Eating and drinking
Marlborough House is a veggie establishment, so you won’t get any sausages in the morning. But you do get a really extensive selection of fresh fruit (pomegranate was my favourite), organic cereals, breads, milk and juice, as well as cooked veggie options. Peter also has lots of choices for vegans.
Laid-back, but very switched on – Peter is a friendly character and has lots of experience in the Bath guest house scene, so ask him for recommendations.
Who stays there
British couples on city breaks and ladies on spa weekends, plus American and international leisure guests. It’s popular with vegetarians, vegans and people with allergies as Peter uses green cleaning products and provides organic toiletries in the rooms.
Two night minimum stay on weekends as is usual for Bath b&bs. Additional occupants are charged at £10-20 per night and kids are £5-10. Well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement and are charged at £10 per night.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Travellers with pets
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- On a busy street
- Veggie breakfast (if you love meat)