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Historic 2-bed almshouse in quiet corner of Bath, ideal for romantic get-aways

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 750 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Charming cottage, with parking, only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Bath

Beautifully refurbished in 2015, this 1843 almshouse nestles in a secret corner of the city, only 15 minutes from the M4 and a gentle walk downhill to the centre of Bath. There is plenty of parking (a permit is provided) on St Stephens Road, so you can leave the car and walk this historic town at your own pace.

The main bedroom, with king-size bed, looks over gardens towards the church; the second bedroom can be made up as a single, twin- or king-bedded room. (PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICE SHOWN IS FOR TWO PEOPLE SHARING THE MASTER BEDROOM. FURTHER GUESTS/BEDS ARE PRICED SEPARATELY.) The original features have been carefully preserved, but this charming house lives comfortably in the 21st century, including WiFi, flat-screen TV, and DAB radio — with smart device connection so you can listen to your own music. Guests can enjoy breakfast or an evening drink in the private courtyard, cook a delicious dinner in the Harvey Jones kitchen, or treat themselves in one of Bath's many award-winning restaurants.

Luxuriously furnished, this cosy cottage offers everything you need for a very special break, from champagne flutes to Egyptian cotton sheets – even a welcome basket on arrival – it's no wonder the English Tourist Board has given it five stars!

Bath has so much to offer, from the Roman Baths and gorgeous Georgian crescents, to the ultra-modern Thermae Bath Spa, quirky independent shops, museums and cultural festivals, that you may want to plan a longer stay to explore the glorious countryside: just let us know.

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Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 July, 2018

About The Owner

After living in London for over 30 years (and before that, five years in Chicago) my husband and I have come back to Bath, where he spent six happy years studying to be an architect. We have designed and managed touring exhibitions to museums all over the world, but have decided there's really nowhere we'd rather be than in the glorious West Country. After many visits as Airbnb guests, we think we've got a pretty good idea as to what makes a good host. So whether you plan to visit for a month or only for a few days, we'd love to help you discover what this place has to offer, including a few things that you won't find in the guidebooks!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2016

Why The Owner chose Bath

Whether it's your first visit to this beautiful city or you've been many times, you will almost certainly want to take advantage of Bath's unique history and its location within easy reach of so many other wonderful sites. And once you start to explore, well, one thing leads to another and by the end of the day you might just want to sit quietly with a cup of tea — or a glass of bubbly! — in the cosy sitting room, or watch the sun go down over Bath in the garden of our local pub. Or you might fancy a night at the theatre. Or a game of tennis. Or a lecture on Roman archaeology. Or a leisurely dinner at one of Bath's award-winning restaurants. Or live music and dancing.

Or you might just want to kick back and relax and plan what you want to do tomorrow. Just be careful you don't oversleep: those beds are VERY comfortable!

What makes this cottage unique

The Almshouse stands in a little row of six, facing a communal garden and looking out onto the church (which is lit at night in liturgical colours — purple for Easter, red and gold for Christmas and green for the rest of the year) and has a special charm, even in this city of architectural gems. Its gothic features have all been retained — it even has its own gargoyle! (and as it's Grade II-listed it will continue to be protected) but its interior has been recently and tastefully refurbished so that guests will be warm and comfortable and should want for nothing in the way of modern conveniences.

We live only moments away and should be on hand if you have any questions or requests. We love this house and we love Bath, and we'd like you enjoy your stay, no matter how brief, enough to want to come back!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bath in Bath and North East Somerset

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bathroom with rainshower on ground floor.
    Toilet - Toilet , Toilet on ground floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Second Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Single, with a trundle bed to make a king or twin singles.
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Master bedroom has king-sized bed with Egyptian cotton bedding and mattress topper ensuring a blissful night's sleep, but a flat-screen TV in case you want to catch up on your soaps! The second bedroom has a single with a trundle bed beneath, which can be zipped together to make another king or left separate as twin beds.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • tennis


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Historic 2-bed almshouse in quiet corner of Bath, ideal for romantic get-aways
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Wonderful period property, hidden gem, perfect base to explore beautiful bath

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent time staying here, the house was perfect, lovely and clean, all furnished to a very comfortable and luxurious standard it exceeded our expectations in lots of ways.

The owner was excellent with their comunication which made everything that much easier for us.

We had a lovely warm greeting on arrival with lots of nice touches to make us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble, there was also lots of information, recommendations and maps available to us should we have needed any more inspiration for exploring the City or surrounding area.

Cant recommend enough, We will definately be coming again!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and Jess enjoyed staying at the Almshouse, and I very much look forward to welcoming you back (plenty of room for a cot in the master bedroom!). Thank you for leaving the cottage immaculate – what a difference it makes to have such considerate guests. You definitely qualify for Silver Service when you next come!
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

A very special place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Right from the moment Edith met us with freshly baked bread and free-range eggs, fresh milk and juice and a lovely welcome, we LOVED Edith's Cottage. The cottage is in a very quiet location with easy parking and is a short walk away from Bath's town centre (with an uphill walk home). The cottage is beautifully decorated and everything we needed was provided. The beds were super comfy and the bathroom and laundry facilities were top notch. We couldn't recommend Edith's Cottage more highly.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Nice little place, not too far from town, friendly welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Bernardino County

Beautiful cozy cottage, warm and welcoming

  • 5 of 5

Edith was very helpful, providing milk, eggs, delicious bread, and suggestions of places to go.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Mix of the Historic and New!

  • 5 of 5

A marvelous 1800's location with suitable upgrades (kitchen, baths) that provide the best of the historic and the 21st century. Our hostess/landlord could not have been more accommodating, supporting, and available. She provided fresh flowers and a welcome food basket. She checked with us several times to insure all was well, which it always was!

As an historic home should be, the "look and feel" gave extensive looks into the flat's past, with a marvelous scrapbook available that showed its early real estate offering and other details since then.

Upgrades include modern washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator/freezer in renovated kitchen/utility/bath portion.

The 1.5 bath flat has both facilities downstairs, with both being very modern and functional. The master bedroom is quite large and features a wide-screen television. An additional TV is in the downstairs parlor.

Arriving by train, we made use of public bus transportation and the occasional taxi. The property location is not that far from the center of town, but the steepness of the hills made walking to and from almost anywhere best left to younger legs.

All-in-all, just about as perfect an accommodation and visit as could have been imagined! 100% satisfaction!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a great pleasure to introduce guests to everything Bath has to offer, and Ross and his family made the most of their stay in he West Country. They were a delight to host, and I hope they'll be able to come back soon. (And thanks, Ross, for the suggestion of a non-slip bath mat; all sorted now!)
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

The Alms house is a quaint beautifully restored cottage set in a quiet location overlooking its own cottage style garden. As you enter the front door you get a real sense of history, the cottage is more spacious once inside than it first appears. The kitchen and bathroom are a contemporary modern style, which complement the many period features, which if you are like us, you will enjoy discovering as you explore the cottage. The cottage was spotless throughout, very comfy beds and excellent quality bed linen. There was lots of hot water for shower or candlelit bath and lovely fluffy towels. Edith met us at the cottage and gave us a very warm welcome on our arrival, a tour of the cottage and explained how everything worked. She had provided basics in the food cupboard and fridge to enable us to make a nice cup of tea /coffee and a welcome basket with some delicious home baked bread.

There is a magnificent view of St Stephens’s church from the master bedroom window, which is particularly stunning after dark when the tower is illuminated.The area is quiet and peaceful and a parking permit was provided enabling us to park on the roadside just across from the Alms house.

Edith seems to have thought of everything we needed to make our stay very enjoyable.

We would highly recommend staying at the Alms house, we absolutely loved it and only wished we could have stayed longer than the weekend we had booked.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
The Richmond Arms
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
The Approach
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Bath Spa
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
400 Metres
Curry Mahal
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Weston super Mare
Car: not necessary

Bath is a Unesco World Heritage site — the only one in the UK — for good reason. From the ancient Britons and the 1st-century Romans, to Beau Nash and the cream of Georgian society, the hot springs have always drawn visitors, and they continue to come to experience the unique architecture (the Royal Crescent, the Circus, the Roman Baths, the Assembly Rooms, Pulteney Bridge) and unrivalled choice of things to do. Whether you want to visit museums, go shopping, attend a concert, take in a festival, watch world class rugby, or just relax over dinner in one of Bath's award-winning restaurants, the city has so much to offer. And if you want to explore further afield — the Cotswolds, Stonehenge, the West Country — Bath makes an ideal base.

Lansdown lies to the north of the city, just 15 minutes from the M4 and a short walk into the centre of town. The neighbourhood is peaceful and secluded, but visitors can enjoy a game of golf, a moment of repose in the tiny but perfect Millennium Garden, a view from the top of Beckford's Tower (built by the richest man in England!) or a refreshing drink at a pub overlooking the whole of Bath, all within ten minutes' walk of the cottage.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bath, Somerset

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £45 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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