Berdoulat & Breakfast ★★☆
A two-room B&B on a quite cobbled alley around the corner from Bath Abbey
Architect Patrick restored this 1748 John Wood the Elder original, taking 18 months turning it into a home for his family—plus two B&B rooms—on a cobblestone street two blocks south of Bath Abbey.
It looks like you'd expect an architect's home to—simple, but with lovely detailing.
The Linley Suite (named for the composer, Sir Thomas Linley, who had these houses built) has a four-poster bed and a cool bathroom, with exposed copper piping, a circular bathtub, and a large Madonna and Child statue in the corner.
The Elder Suite occupies the former kitchen—hence the huge exposed stone fireplace—has a superking-sized bed and tapestry above the mantle.
Both rooms have linen sheets and down pillows (with hypoallergenic options available) —but no TVs (very much on purpose), though you are welcome to visit the family's library upon request.
The hosts try as much as possible to stock the place with local products, "from bubble bath to bacon to room freshener to teas & coffee."
Patrick's wife, Neri, grew up in Istanbul, so the breakfast options range from the "Full English" to the "Full Turkish" (marinated olives, ewe's milk cheeses, honey, tomatoes, cucumber, figs, and bogrek—filo pastry filled with herbs and feta). Neri also makes the chocolate-and-lime truffles set beside your bed at turndown time, and the biscotti were made by their neighbor Gemma across the street.
There's a minimum stay of two nights on the weekend.Book it
General info about B&Bs in England
Also in Reid's List: Bath Lodging:
- Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa★★★| £££
- Crystal Palace Apartment★★★| ££
- Abbey Green Apartment★★★| £££
- Thatch Cottage★★★| £
- Leighton House★★☆| ££
- Abbey Hotel★★☆| ££
- Harington's City Hotel★★☆| £
- The Bath House Boutique Bed & Breakfast★★☆| £
- Grosvenor Villa B&B★★☆| £
- The Gainsborough Bath Spa - YTL Classic Hotel★★☆| £££