A cute little place to stay with a quirky, quaint feel about it. Two of the four bedrooms are directly off the glass-domed, circular room where breakfast is served. We were in one of these bedrooms and I think we would have preferred a more 'anonymous' room not so close to such a public area and also a slightly larger one - we had the Sophia room with a four-poster bed which dominated it somewhat and made the room feel a bit cramped. Some oddity had the shower intermittently going cold but constant hot water flowing from the bath taps. But these are minor gripes as owner Greg O'Neil (his wife was away when we visited) was a splendid host, providing a car parking permit, local information, and serving an above-average B and B breakfast of a plate of fresh fruit, choice of cereals and the traditional 'full English' - but I am sure, being the genial chap he is, he would meet any requests for a variation of this. You can even choose what CD to play while you eat.
Queen Charlotte's Orangery is perfect for a short stay and the ten minute walk into the centre of Bath was a good way to start the day. If I was visiting Bath again, I would probably choose more central accommodation and go for a hotel just because of the more facilities available, such as a bar for a nightcap at the end of a busy day sight-seeing, and an on-site restaurant if you are too tired to venture out again in the evening.
None of this is criticism of the Orangery which is superior Bed and Breakfast accommodation - with our room cleaned and tidied to an exceptionally high standard while we were out, and top quality bedding, towels and toiletries. The O'Neils have obviously drawn on their experience of running a top notch B and B for many years in Richmond, south-west London, and know that quality is important. All the rooms were occupied during our stay and the guests seemed more than happy with their accommodation choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen Charlotte's Orangery is one of the finest boutique bed and breakfast guest houses in historic Bath, perfectly positioned just a short stroll away into the town centre. All three guest suites; Amelia, Charlotte and Sophia have access to the beautifully designed Italianate courtyard garden, where breakfast can be served during the warmer summer months. ... more less
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- Queen Charlotte`s Orangery Hotel Bath