Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Bath has plenty of great places to stay, from hotels to guesthouses.
But on my latest trip, I discovered another kind of gorgeous hideaway: a luxurious self-catered apartment that overlooked The Circus itself. I found the place through a partnership with Hideaways, a company that principally curates gorgeous country and coastal cottages, but also, as you’ll see, a few city apartments too.
What surprised me even more was the dual function of this Hideaway: this spot was perfect for a romantic break and perfect for a stay with a toddler.
How could this apparent paradox be?
Well, pull up a seat and I’ll explain.
Luxurious cream and silver with splashes of purple. Clean, calm and making the most of those views outside. Fresh flowers and inspirational books about the local area made it feel like a travel journey even inside.
Two bedrooms, one with twin beds and a travel cot provided. One spacious double bedroom. Having two rooms like this, and a lounge, meant that once baby Lab was asleep, we really could feel as though we were on a romantic trip away (rather than hiding in the bathroom to eat dinner. This has been done…)
There’s also space for the travel cot in the main room as well, though. So if your baby is younger than six months they can still sleep in the same room as you, in accordance with current health guidelines.
A small but beautifully decorated and well equipped kitchen served all our needs for a weekend break. It also made life much easier than forcing baby Lab to stay still in restaurants every night. She’s pretty good (and we still ate out a lot – see future posts for where to eat in Bath!) but it certainly gave us options. Hideaways also provided a high chair, which again made life easier.
As for romance? Well, there was a lovely bottle of wine and glasses left to welcome us into our stay. Plus some less romantic but still very useful products in the shape of bin bags and washing up liquid.
Legend has it that The Circus was inspired by the circle at Stonehenge and the thought that Bath had once been the Druid centre of England.
Yes, yes, yes! The only two things to note (a lot of white, which is a little nerve-wracking, and several flights of stairs with no lift) are more than made up for by the provision of highchair, travel cot and a wonderful box of toys.
Bath is a small spot, but the stretch that links the Royal Circus, Crescent and Assembly Rooms to the shopping heart of the city is steep. Those gorgeous stone buildings clearly come from another time and traffic snarls are as familiar to locals in Bath as the honeyed stone that draws the crowds.
What I’m saying, is, it’s worth staying in the centre, be that at the top or the bottom.
Ditch the car and plan to walk.
This lovely spot lives at the top, with great views and easy access to shops and attractions (you can see the Assembly Rooms from one room and The Royal Circus from another. It’s also close to an expanse of greenery for toddlers to run around in.
Disclosure – we received a complimentary stay at Circus House for review purposes. However, as ever, as always, we kept the right to write what we like. Otherwise there’s just no point!
Abigail King is an award-winning writer and author who swapped a successful career as a hospital doctor for a life on the road. With over 60 countries under her belt, she's worked for Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveller and more. She is passionate about sustainable tourism and was invited to speak on the subject at the EU-China High Level summit at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.Here she writes about food, travel and history and she invites you to pull up a chair and relax. Let's travel more and think more. Welcome!
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