Down a steep driveway off the Warminster road into Bath, in a quiet neighbourhood about 20 minutes' walk into town. There’s a bus stop opposite and a taxi costs about a fiver one-way.
Tasburgh has 12 individually designed bedrooms and all are named after writers (numbered from 1-14, but there’s no room 2 or 13). Single, twin, double and family rooms either look out the front towards the herb garden, or have views across the countryside at the back. Decor is traditional English country house style and follows a light, mainly floral, aesthetic. My favourite room is number 7 Charlotte Bronte; it’s a flowery romantic option for couples with swagging around the headboard and great views of the valley. There are three good sized family rooms; number 4 Percy Shelley is huge with a sunny south-facing bay window and it can sleep up to five people, so is ideal for larger families. Nice little touches include free mineral water and one of Toni's homemade brownies on arrival in the room, and organic toiletries from the Isle of Arran.
Guests are greeted by Charlie, the resident African Grey parrot, blooms of fresh flowers and a welcoming hallway. Inside the lounge there’s a well-stocked drinks cabinet and a beautiful Bang & Olufsen stereo. Dotty blue chairs and a large mirror jazz up the dining room, while my favourite place is next-door – the white conservatory epitomises vintage English country garden style. Wooden flooring downstairs, old photos on walls in the hallway and the odd stuffed teddy bear give the hotel a charming old-fashioned air. Outside is the beautiful seven acre garden, which stretches all the way down to the Kennet & Avon canal.
Eating and drinking
Continental breakfast is included in the room price and includes freshly squeezed orange juice and apple juice from the orchard in the garden. Cooked breakfast options are an additional charge and include hot mackerel, boiled egg and soldiers, banana and maple syrup porridge and a Full English. Groups of six or more can have a ‘simple supper’ some nights in the dining room.
Mother and daughter team Susan and Toni run the hotel and service is personal and caring.
Who stays there
The guest house featured on the BBC’s Hotel Inspector show and this has made it a hit with American visitors. It’s also popular with British couples and families on weekends away.
Full English breakfast costs from £8.50, but free broadband and parking are included in the room price. Look out for mid-week offers of three nights for the price of two between Sundays and Thursdays. Additional people in rooms cost £8 per night for a cot and £35 per night for a rollaway bed.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Chilling out
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Beautiful garden
- Thoughtful little touches
- Not central
- Cooked breakfast costs extra