A Bath Proposal – Romantic Places in Bath

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, but Bath is a perfect place for romance any time of year.

If you so happen to be visiting Bath during the Valentine weekend and are looking for romantic places to go with your loved one, and maybe even propose, we’ve a few ideas for you.

Prior Park
A popular choice including from some of our previous guests, this National Trust owned Park is so picturesque you can’t help dropping to your knees at its beauty. It was designed in the 18th Century by the poet Alexander Pope for the “builder of Bath” Richard Allen. The bridge is the piece de resistance in the wonderful woodland and is the perfect spot for a proposal or even wedding photos.

Palladian Bridge, Prior Park, Bath

 The Royal Crescent
A true labour of love by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774 this iconic sweep of honey coloured Georgian stone is a fantastic backdrop for a romantic stroll through Victoria Park. If you do decide to ask that question, you can go celebrate at the centrally set Royal Crescent Hotel.

The Royal Crescent, Bath

The Roman Baths
Another famously historic place in the city, the Roman Baths offer torchlight tours in the evenings which might just create that perfect atmosphere for you to declare your love. You can even now get married at the Baths in sunrise or sunset ceremonies.

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 The Little Theatre
Calling all film buffs, this gem of a 1930’s cinema just might be that special secret spot you were looking for to pop that question. You could be watching your favourite film or even arrange for your own private viewing before slipping that ring out of your pocket. To truly add to that cinema magic The Little’s two screens are also fully licensed for weddings, so you could have that Hollywood dream of a day.

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Thermae Bath Spa
A romantic relaxing break is perfect after the wilds of winter, and where better to spend some quality time with your beloved than in the warm natural mineral waters of Britain’s only natural thermal Spring Spa. You could enjoy a special treatment for two including facials, massage or their famous Watsu treatment. Relaxing in the rooftop pool as the sun sets over Bath is one of the more magical experiences you can enjoy together.

Thermae Bath Spa

Parade Gardens and Pulteney Bridge
The Parade Gardens in the city centre are often at their best in the summer time, but at any time of year, if it’s dry, you can go and enjoy a picnic in this park overlooking the river and the beautiful Pulteney Bridge. Gaze in wonder at the lovely architecture all around you before gazing in wonder into your lovers eyes. You also have the added fun of feeding each other delicious food, which you can pick up from the local farmers market or nearby delis.

Pulteney Bridge and Parade Garden

 Bath Abbey Tower Tours
If you want that feeling of being on top of the world with the person you love the most then book yourself and your partner onto a Romantic Tower Tour at Bath Abbey. Accompanied by a member of staff, this Tower Tour is just for two and you’ll be guided to the top with stunning views of the city. You’ll then be discretely left to take everything in and propose. Your guide will then return with champagne for you to toast the happy occasion.

Bath Abbey

Candlelit Dinner
It has been said that food is the language of love and in Bath you are spoilt for choice for lovely restaurants to go and enjoy a meal tete a tete. Our sister hotel, The Royal, in the centre of Bath has a very special Valentine’s dinner on Saturday 13th February. In the beautiful Parisian style Brasserie Brunel, you can enjoy a six course candlelight dinner for two with a complimentary glass of pink bubbly for only £28.50 per person. Treat your loved one with sumptuous food in a relaxed and romantic surrounding. To book simply call Tel: (+44) 1225 463134.

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Other romantic ideas include:

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Soaring above the city you can not only admire the breathtaking scenery but take your loved one’s breath away with a proposal from above. Celebrate with champagne on your trip. It will certainly be something to tell the grandkids about!

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The Assembly Rooms: If you can get here early before the school groups, proposing underneath the Austrian crystal chandeliers in one of the historic rooms that saw the likes of Jane Austen and Beau Nash dance the night away would be so very magical. Rooms are also licensed for weddings. Ring ahead to check room opening times and use.

Assembly Rooms Tea Room

There are so many places in the city that hold special and beautiful memories for so many people and couples. Whether you choose a small or grand gesture for your loved one, just being with them and enjoying and appreciating their company is sometimes all that’s needed.

We offer a variety of Short stay and Spa Break Packages on our website. All guests at Bailbrook Lodge enjoy complimentary champagne at breakfast, en-suite bedrooms, and use of our lounge and garden. Plus you can upgrade your room to one of our five luxurious Four Poster bedrooms. Additional items such as bottles of champagne, flowers and chocolates in your room can be arranged and paid for at time of booking. Please contact us if you have any enquiries or wish to book today. Tel: (+44) 1225 859090.

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(Photos copyright: John Michael, Catherine Pitt, Martina Freijeh, plus the venues and businesses mentioned above)

Happy Healthy New Year!

With Christmas and New Year behind us, January is typically the month of good intentions; and we at The Bailbrook Lodge can recommend some great ways to get fit and eat well in Bath this year.

If you’re thinking of staying with us, then enjoying one of our great value Spa Packages is one way to prep your body for a new you. The naturally hot spring waters at the Thermae Bath Spa are packed full of different minerals that are great for your body, and having been enjoyed by the Romans, Georgians, and Victorians, centuries of use can’t be wrong! Your visit to the Spa can be supplemented with one of the many treatments on offer, from facials to massages and wraps, they will detox your body and rejuvenate your skin. If you’re visiting The Pump Rooms, then you can also take the waters internally too, trying a sample of the mineral rich water from the dipper.

Thermae Bath Spa

Exercise is a great way to boost the body’s metabolic system and clear the head, and there are plenty of walks for all abilities throughout the city (or run the routes if you’re even keener!). Even just strolling up and down the city window shopping and enjoying the sights can burn off calories. There’s a great incline from Queen’s Square to The Circus up Gay Street, or via Milsom Street and Bartlett Street past the Assembly Rooms. Plus don’t forget to enjoy walking up and down bohemian Walcot Street, and you can cut back into the city via The Paragon which takes you back to the top of Milsom Street again. If you’re feeling a bit fitter and want to see another crescent, then head up Lansdown Road and go explore a part of Bath you may not have discovered before.

Bath Skyline City to Countryside Walk

The National Trust Skyline walk around Bath is the most downloaded walk on the National Trust website, and with good reason, as you are treated to beautiful views over the city, hidden valleys and woodland, while walking past 18th Century follies and Iron Age hill forts. According to the website if you complete the full 6 mile walk you can burn on average 735 calories (kcal) which is as much energy as playing 90 minutes of football! The walk can take up to 3 hours depending on speed, and dogs are welcome on the walk as long as on a lead. Remember to dress appropriately and wear suitable footwear as the paths can be muddy and there are stiles to negotiate. Starting point is up Bathwick Hill near The American Museum.

If you fancy something a little easier on the feet, maybe try a walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal path that runs through the city. There are also other riverside walks available too, but we particularly like this 2 mile walk that starts off at Pultney Weir. From there you head over Pultney Bridge and along Argyle Street towards the magnificent Holburne Museum. From here you can detour through Sydney Gardens behind the Museum where you can find a Roman temple, tea rooms and little bridges that take you over the Avon. Considered a “little Venice”, this park was created in 1795 as a pleasure garden, and continues to delight visitors to Bath today, as it did back when Jane Austen visited. Back to our route, carefully cross over the main road on Beckford Road where you will find the canal path. Follow the path along the canal until you reach The George Inn, a 17th Century hostelry usually surrounded by narrow boats, where you can relax with some refreshment before heading back into Bath the same way you walked. If you want to head back to The Bailbrook Lodge from The George Inn, then you easily can. Simply follow the road from the pub past Bathampton Mill and over the Tollbridge and you will find yourself on London Road West which by turning left and walking along, you will find yourself back at the Lodge!

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Of course Bath doesn’t have to be explored by foot – cycling is a great exercise too, and there are a number of places you can hire a bike from if you haven’t brought your own – Green Park Bike Station is one place, as is Bath Bike Hire. Remember to always make sure you get and wear a helmet with your hire too. Maps and recommended routes are available if needed, but again you have the city to explore, the waterways through and out of the city – both toward Bradford on Avon, and toward Bristol; plus the new Two Tunnels cycle route is a recommended 13 mile route out of Bath.

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There are of course Golf Courses around the city if you prefer to be out on the green with a putt in your hand, such as one of England’s oldest clubs – Bath Golf Club, or the 9 hole Entry Hill Golf Club. If you want somewhere if the weather is wet, perhaps for tennis, squash or badminton, then you can enjoy the Gym and other facilities of the YMCA Bath, or the Pavilion Sports Centre, where membership is not always necessary for certain activities (please contact sports facility directly to check).

After all that exercise, you will need to refuel with something tasty, but healthy, and we can recommend our sister hotel, The Royal Hotel, for great food. Included in your stay with us is a card entitling you to 10% off food at The Royal, so you can enjoy one of their varied menus, either in their 1846 Bar or in the Parisian style Brasserie Brunel. To give you an idea of some of their healthy choices, on their A la Carte menu they tempt you with such starters as Avocado and Strawberry salad, with mixed leaves, toasted pine nuts, fresh Parmesan and balsamic dressing (£4.55), then to follow a Fillet of Salmon garnished with fresh asparagus and lime hollandaise (£13.25), finishing with perhaps a selection of sorbets, or a Poached pear in red wine syrup with honeycomb ice cream (both £4.95 each). To book a table at The Royal Hotel simply call them on (+44) 1225 463134.

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If you are intending to stay with us, whether on a Spa Break or just for a getaway, and have any food intolerances, such as Gluten, then do let us know in advance at the time of booking and we will try and cater for you. Our Breakfasts here at The Bailbrook Lodge, include healthy choices such as porridge, muesli, eggs cooked to your liking and smoked salmon, so you can start the day off the right way. Available both at breakfast and in your room are herbal and fruit teas as well as coffee, normal tea and hot chocolate.

Whatever your intentions are this New Year, we hope you have a happy and healthy 2015!

Kids Enjoy Halloween at Prior Park Landscape Garden

Kids Enjoy Halloween at Prior Park Landscape Garden

Halloween pumpkin

This year, children around Bath can enjoy Halloween celebrations at the Prior Park Landscape Garden during October 27 – 31 from 10am – 1pm. If you are visiting Bath during this period with your family, why not include this wonderful children’s event in your holiday itinerary?

Prior Park Landscape Garden sits in an idyllic position in its rural surroundings as it overlooks the spa city of Bath. Why not bring your children along and take part in the spooky Halloween and Bonfire night trail around this magnificent garden, which costs just £1 per child. Continue reading

Join in the Free Widcombe and Prior Park Guided Walk

Palladian Bridge, Prior Park, Bath

Join in the Free Widcombe and Prior Park Guided Walk

On your next city break to the historic spa city of Bath, why not include a little physical exercise in your holiday itinerary in the form of city and rural walks? They’re sure to reward you with some of the best scenic routes around the city.

As part of the Great British walking festival, taking place from September to November this year, walkers around the UK will be able to enjoy more than 1270 of the National Trust’s trails and events and discover the nation’s favourite walks. One such walk is the National Trust’s Prior Park Landscape Garden walk, which takes you from Bath Abbey in the city centre through Widcombe. Continue reading

Bath Skyline City to Countryside Walk

Bath Skyline City to Countryside Walk

Bath skyline city to countryside walk looking over Prior Park

Anyone visiting the spa city of Bath soon to enjoy one of the relaxing spa breaks in Bath might like to stretch their legs and explore more than just the city centre’s attractions and historical locations, so why not take one of the local National Trust Bath Skyline city to countryside guided walks?  Continue reading