Bath is such a beautiful city. Famous for it’s architecture, and it’s Roman Bath Experiences, we were visiting (again) to do a bread making course. On previous visits we have struggled to get accommodation that is reasonable, in a good location, with parking. This quartet of requirements are next to near impossible.
Leave the car at home you say? Where will I put my shopping I say! This time, as both of us were planning on staying, we thought we’d try to get a one bed apartment. Hotels, probably due to Cheltenham being on, were very expensive. But in reality, it’s an expensive city to buy or rent a house in, and I think that hotel prices generally reflect this. The house below I though looked a little like the one Anne Rice from New Orleans lives in… Especially when I saw the hearse across the road!
In the end I found a very nicely put together site called Bath Holiday Rentals. From the moment I emailed they couldn’t have been nicer. I’ve had various disasters trying to book accommodation abroad over the years, and, to be honest, have struggled especially in the UK. We booked a teeny one bed apartment in Alfred Street, which, as I found out, was literally one road up from the bakery- SCORE!!
It meant we could have a wander around Bath city in the morning, and then drop any purchases off before class. The only downside to staying so close is that you don’t get as much exercise, so we “forced” ourselves to walk down through the shops each morning and evening. And what an array of shops and restaurants there are!
My favourites are always going to be shops with any sort of crockery of cooking equipment, with bookshops a very close second. All of which are plentiful in Bath. The view from the apartment made a me feel a little like Mary Poppins, and although we are complete country folk, and, to be honest, I was dreading the noise of staying in a city. It was so peaceful, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to people watch out the window!
It was also really great to have a well stocked kitchen (the welcome pack was also a really nice touch).
It was lovely to have a dishwasher too, makes the holiday experience easier!