October 6, 2002
The initial hike up the hill to get to Paradise House was a little rough--pack light--but once you arrive, the walk was worth it.
Paradise House is about a 10 min walk from the train station and has a stunning view of the town of Bath, especially at night when the Abbey is lit up. It is composed of 2 Georgian town houses. There is a comfortable drawing room with a fireplace and doors which open out into a pretty walled garden. Try to get a room on an upper floor with a bay window, so that you have a view of town.
I highly recommend the room we stayed in--Room 3--which has a King sized bed (which can be made up as two twins on request), a bay window overlooking the garden and the town below, and a HUGE--almost as big as the bedroom--bathroom with double sinks and a big tub in the center of the room (beneath a Palladian window).
Room 5, at the top of the house, is also nice, with blue and cream walls and a heated towel rack in the bathroom to keep your towels toasty warm. It has a view over the garden to the town below, right in line with the Royal Crescent.On balance, I prefer Room 3, for its bay window and larger bathroom.The rooms are large and nicely decorated and have a hotpot for making tea or coffee, along with tea, coffee, milk, bottled water and cookies(in case you want a snack). The bathrooms are stocked with Moulton Brown soaps and shampoos.You can have continental breakfast in your room, or choose from continental, English breakfast, or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon in the breakfast room. The English breakfast is great--you have your pick of cold cereals, fruit, and yogurt, toast, tea or coffee, eggs, sausages, bacon, and broiled mushrooms (hooray! no baked beans!).If you're leaving before the start of breakfast (8am), just tell a staff member and they will make arrangements for either an early cooked breakfast, or to have a nice continental breakfast brought to your room.The staff is friendly and helpful, and is more than willing to suggest outings and make dinner reservations.Price is on a par with other guest houses in Bath, at about 110 pounds/night double occupancy, including breakfast, though they do have discounts for off season and midweek stays if you ask.
From journal Georgian on my Mind--The 18th Century City of Bath