Apsley House

Original oil paintings, antiques and objets d’art fill this ‘imposing’ Georgian house, a 19th-century retreat built by the Duke of Wellington, rumour has it, for his mistress. More

Contact details

Apsley House
141 Newbridge Hill
Bath
Somerset
BA1 3PT
England
01225 336966
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 1 on ground floor, plus 1 self-catering 2-bedroom apartment.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (BT, Freeview), ¼-acre garden, parking, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

Classic FM in drawing and dining rooms.

Children

all ages welcomed (under-2s free).

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £99–£280. 1-night bookings refused Sat in peak season.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Original oil paintings, antiques and objets d’art fill this ‘imposing’ Georgian house, a 19th-century retreat built by the Duke of Wellington, rumour has it, for his mistress. Today it’s a B&B owned by Claire and Nicholas Potts; little about it is clandestine or scandalous. ‘Friendly, efficient and helpful’, Miro Mikula and Kate Kowalczyk are the ‘delightful’ managers. Bedrooms are ‘tastefully decorated’; ‘most have views across Bath to the hills beyond’. ‘Our room had a comfortable bed and a clean, modern bathroom with big bath towels. Niggles: basic tea, UHT milk.’ Ring to discuss room choices before booking: visitors in 2016 liked their ‘comfortable, well-proportioned’ room, while another guest found her ground-floor accommodation overly snug. An ‘excellent’ breakfast (cereals, croissants, fresh fruit, etc) is taken in a room overlooking the ‘attractive’ garden; hot dishes, with sausages, bacon and eggs from a local farm, are cooked to order. The city centre is easily reached within a short bus ride or a five-minute drive (‘adequate’ parking at the B&B); keen walkers may appreciate the 30-minute stroll (uphill on the way back). (Ron Greenman, Suzanne Lyons, and others)

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Apsley House
141 Newbridge Hill
Bath
Somerset
BA1 3PT

Guest comments

'We had the downstairs room near reception.It had a g00d modern bathroom with shower which functioned well and was very clean, good big bath towels too. Comfortable bed and we slept well .> Cereals, fruits, etc, at breakfast were good but the scrambled egg had not been scrambled enough. The special of the day was much better The manager was helpful,made us feel very welcome and provided us with maps. ' - Suzanne Lyons - April 2016
'Managed by a delightful young couple providing a friendly, efficient and helpful service. There is adequate parking, a must in a city where space is at a premium. Only five minutes by car, bus or taxi to the city centre. It has comfortable, well-proportioned rooms on several floors, each tastefully decorated; most look across Bath to the hills beyond. Throughout the interior objet d’art and pictures provide interest. A spacious and comfortable lounge, with honesty bar, looks across an attractive rear garden. Breakfast is taken in an adjoining room, also overlooking the garden with surrounding hills forming the horizon. The breakfast was excellent; cereals, croissants, fresh fruit etc. with cooked to order. ' - Ron Grreenman - January 2016
'Lived up to its billing: comfortable, good housekeeping, attractive furniture, helpful staff. Our room, 'Mornington', semi-basement but light, with stair up to elegant garden. Generous breakfast with choice of cereal, fruit, yogurt and cooked - as well as daily 'special': pancake, pancetta and maple syrup; eggs benedict etc. Pleasant walk into town but return is uphill so nearer 30mins but there is good bus service from outside hotel so fine without a car. Lounge shut-down at 10.00pm rather early. ' - Jean Chothia - October 2012
'We could not fault it. The room opening on to the garden was first class. Service superb, staff excellent. Perfect, freshly prepared breakfast. But it took us (70 years old) 50 minutes to walk to the centre. ' - Kenneth & Mary Moore - August 2012

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Tourist attractions

  • The Roman Baths

    A magnificent temple housing a Roman thermal bathing complex.

  • Pulteney Bridge

    Now a Grade-1 listed building, this bridge is one of only four in the world to have shops along its full span on both sides.

  • The Jane Austen Centre

    A permanent exhibition telling the story of Austen's experience in the city of Bath.