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3 Reasons to Visit Bath at Christmas.

I know it might seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but if you want to secure a hotel room during this busy and beautiful time, it’s best to plan ahead! The Windsor Guest House is a fantastic place thanks to its excellent location, being just a short 5 minute walk to the city center and all the wonderful events taking place during the Christmas season! Without further ado, here are the top 3 reasons to visit Bath this Christmas!

1. The Bath Christmas Market!

A highly attended and one of the most spectacular and beautiful Christmas Markets in the UK –  the Bath Christmas Market is an incredible reason to visit Bath at Christmas! The 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza consists of more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s Wold Heritage Site. You’ll be able to find handmade Christmas decorations, personalised gifts, hand-made toys, festive food and drinks, local artwork and designer jewellery, to name just a few and that’s thanks to the wonderful vendors of the Christmas Market.  Not only is it a great place to get special Christmas presents, Bath during the Christmas period is wonderfully romantic, with fairy lights, live music and picturesque settings.  Soak up the sights, smells and sounds as you wander around the market; we guarantee the aroma of warming mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies, enjoyed with a generous sprinkling of cheering carols that will get even the biggest of humbugs into the Christmas spirit!

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2. Bath on Ice!

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Victoria Park and close to Bath’s famous Royal Crescent, Bath Ice makes the perfect day out for families, friends, couples and co-workers alike. Make an evening of it and take advantage of the licensed bar serving a range of beers and spirits, along with festive mulled wine and hot cider. You can also enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza whilst you watch the fun. A great way to surprise a loved one to an afternoon or evening of romance and fun!

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3. The Shopping!

Shopping for Christmas gifts can be a bit unbearable, especially in the run up where all the shops are very busy! In Bath, there is such an extensive choice for presents and you get to do it in the stunning Winter Wonderland that Bath transforms into during the Christmas season! For instance, just off Milsom Street is Milsom Place, a small yet very characterful Christmas shopping utopia. Featuring fashion brands such as Hobbs and Chanii B, alongside homewares brands including Yves Delorme and True Grace, you’re guaranteed to tick some presents off your list here. And then home to all your high street, Christmas favourites, including Debenhams, Boots, Hotel Chocolat, Pandora and Apple, you’re bound to tick some items off your list in SouthGate. You’ll be able to take a break or wind down in one of the many cafes or restuarants Bath has to offer to enjoy a glass of mulled wine or warm cocoa and tuck into some mince pies!

 

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5 Things You Must Do in Bath

Bath, an entire city colour-coded in golden local stone, boasts a spa fed by the only naturally warm springs in Britain.

The many other reasons to visit this masterpiece in the west include the original Georgian streets, where Jane Austen and her characters walked, as well as a rich variety of shops and restaurants.

 

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1. Swimming sensation

Drifting at sunset in a rooftop, open-air pool, in waters naturally heated – more than a mile underground – to 91F (33C), is one of the rarest pleasures in Britain.

Thermae Bath Spa (www.thermaebathspa.com), a great glass cube of a building next to Bath Abbey, opened in 2006 to recycle raindrops that fell here 10,000 years ago.

This is indulgence not to be rushed. A range of packages, starting at two hours, give you the run of the complex, including the Minerva Bath, the Rooftop Pool, and the Steam Rooms. Treatments are an optional extra. The top ticket is the Twilight Package, three hours including a meal for £42.

 

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2.Golden touch

 

The glorious vision of Bath’s 18th Century designers would impress a time-travelling Roman emperor. They used golden stone from local quarries for everything, and today’s builders must follow suit.

Their two masterpieces are the Royal Crescent, a great curving grandstand of townhouses overlooking a sloping green, and the nearby Circus, a circular street mimicking Rome’s Colosseum.

The open-top bus tour is a good way to link these splendid landmarks. But I preferred a quiet route to the city centre – chancing upon cafes, restaurants and specialist shops – past Milsom Street’s designer shops to another Bath wonder,
Pulteney Bridge, Britain’s answer to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

 

 

 

3. Novel attractions

Bath was a starring location in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Jane lived there from 1801 to 1806. Her characters came for bonneted sophistication, gossip, the efficacious waters – and to bump into eligible men on city centre pavements.

Retailers remain in her eternal debt for her line: ‘There are so many good shops.’ The Jane Austen Centre (www.janeausten.co.uk) does a fine job charting her life here, including her own near-miss with matrimony. And you can follow Jane around with a free audio walking tour.

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Lost leisure

The city’s main claim to fame is its Roman spa, set over the miraculous, warm waters that oozed endlessly up from the swamp that was Bath. The free audio player you get in the museum at the Roman Baths (www.romanbaths.co.uk) does a great job explaining how the entire baths complex once looked.

It’s amusing to learn that there were rule-breakers even then: ‘Always someone jumping in with a tremendous splash,’ wrote Seneca.

The best-known object in the museum’s collection, the Gorgon – a mythical creature with snakes for
hair – packs power, but my biggest tingle came before the bronze head of Minerva, once mother goddess in these parts.

If there’s time, fit in the American Museum, the (free) Victoria Art Gallery, and the Fashion Museum in the Assembly Rooms.

 

 

 

 

5. Make a meal of it

As you would expect in such an elite destination, there are lots of good restaurants and tea rooms – the illustrious Sally Lunn’s waist-popping toasted buns (www.sallylunns.co.uk) are a real treat.

Enjoy fabulous seasonal menus at The Circus Restaurant www.thecircusrestaurant.co.uk Situated on Brock Street between two stunning landmarks The Royal Crescent and The Circus

 

 

 

10 Unmissable festivals in Bath

Bath is such a beautiful city all year round, but there’s something quite magical about Bath in the summer. Especially when there are festivals taking place!

Here are the Top 10 Unmissable Festivals:

md_660437  1. Bath Comedy Festival -

Now – 17th April
Laugh out loud at the annual comedy festival. There’s a mix of stand-up, cabaret, music, kids shows and more!

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md_660415  2. Bath Open Studios

  Weekends in May
  Meet over 180 artists and makers as they throw open their studios and showcase their artwork and put on interactive demonstration.

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  19th – 28th May
The new 10 day festival is packed with fantastic live music, authors and family fun. It all starts with Party in The City, Bath’s biggest free night of music.

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26th May – 11th June
Featuring theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy, a children’s festival, street theatre and lots more – expect the unexpected!

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5. Iford Arts Festival

  27th May – 5th August
Relax and enjoy a summer season of picnics, proms and performances in the exquisite gardens of Iford Manor.

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6.Forest of Imagination

  29th June – 2nd July
A fantastic forest and outdoor gallery will be popping up around the Bath Skyline. For four days, there will be artwork, outdoor theatre and creative activities for all.

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  2nd July
  A brilliant one day cycling event with three different challenges to take part in. Jump on your bike for a 25, 50 or 80 mile route around Bath and the surrounding countryside.

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  15th July
The infectious beat of the drums will be thumping again this July when the colourful carnival comes to town. There’ll be live music, parades, kids activities, workshops and plenty of food and drink.

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  5th -13th August
This nine day festival will have you tapping your feet to Americana, gypsy jazz, world and folk. Enjoy gigs, concerts, open mic, free ceilidh and a variety of workshops.

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  10. 250th Anniversary of the Royal Crescent

2017 marks 250 years since the first foundation stone was laid on the Royal Crescent, on 19th May 1767. We’ll be celebrating with over 70 special events and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Also for a chance to win great prizes in a fantastic competition, enter here: https://visitbath.co.uk/competition

University of Bath Alumni reunion.

We have had the privilege of having University of Bath Alumni stay with us at the Windsor Guest House for the 30 year reunion. This was particularly exciting as one of our Duty Manager’s is currently studying at the University of Bath and just so happens to be doing the exact same course (Modern Languages and European Studies) as all of them did!

It has been wonderful to hear all about their time at the University, but also how much Bath has changed in the last 30 years.

The Windsor Guest House is also constantly changing to make itself the perfect place to stay by adding new delicious food options to our wonderful A La Carte menu for breakfasts and amping up our reception area so you can have a pre-dinner drink from our fully stocked bar.

So make sure you stay with us when you visit Bath and we will do everything we can to make sure you have a fantastic experience!

If you need further proof, just take a look at some of our TripAdvisor reviews!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

The Windsor in Bath is a great place to stay. The accommodation is beautifully decorated and the location to town is perfect.
The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast selection was great.
I could not recommend more highly reasonably priced great accommodation close to everything and great staff what more could you ask for.
Thanks to the staff for your help and always service with a smile

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

A stunning guest house. The staff are exceptional. The room is beautifully appointed. Be prepared to climb some stairs if your on the top floor. But worth the climb. In a very central location. Easy walk to restaurants and local shops. Bath is a wonderful location. Highly recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked at very short notice, we were a walk-in. Victoria was charming, helpful and offered the delightful basement room with private garden at a very good rate. The furnishings are tasteful, the bathroom with walk-in shower was excellent, and the breakfast choices were great. The Windsor experience was top notch, and great value….we will come again!

 

We look forward to welcoming you at the Windsor Guest House!

Georgiana, our Deluxe Double Bedroom with Private Garden

Deluxe Double (with Private Garden): £90 – £250

 

Victoria, our Beautiful Superior Double Bedroom.

Superior Double: £90 – £215

Four Poster: £90 - £235

Four Poster: £90 – £235

 

Love is in the air.

The Windsor Guest House has upped its game and is now the ideal location for any kind of romantic experience.

Whether you are staying with us to celebrate your engagement, wedding, anniversary or just want to spoil the one you love, we will make sure your experience is the most romantic time of your life.

We will transform any of our rooms into an even more gorgeous setting! Georgiana, our deluxe double with a private garden as decorated to celebrate the wonderful marriage of two of our guests.

Order champagne or wine and we’ll make sure it’s on ice ready for your arrival!

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Georgiana, complete with love swans, rose petals and a beautiful bouquet of roses.

 

 

Another delicious breakfast option!

 

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Treat yourself to our latest, delicious addition to the A La Carte menu.

Sweet French toast with marbled yoghurt compote and fresh blueberries – a wonderful, flavour-some and nutritious way to start your day.

More fantastic food to enjoy!

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A fantastic treat to start the day.

 

One of our wonderful chefs has added a new family favourite to our A La Carte menu.

Treat yourself to these light, fluffy and down right delicious pancakes, served with fresh and flavour-full strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Topped with rich, sweet maple syrup and side of thick cream.

 

 

Windsor maintains 5 star status and Breakfast Award!

We are so pleased that for the 6th consecutive year, we have retained both our 5 star status and our Breakfast Award from Visit England.

 Our inspector stayed in one of our Classic double rooms and enjoyed a Continental breakfast followed by Eggs Benedict.

 

Award Winning Breakfast at The Windsor

Award Winning Breakfast at The Windsor

 

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Facilities

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The Chef at Work!

The Chef at Work!

 

 

 

 

Well done to all our chambermaids and man!

As well as our lovely chefs, Niki and Jamie who continue to provide well cooked and beautifully presented breakfasts to all our guests.

 

Read our news

Refurbishment Update 27th Feb 2014

As part of the ongoing refurbishment of the public ares at The Windsor, we are currently redecorating our Dining and Reception areas as a way of improving  guest experience. A new informal Bar area now sits alongside the Reception area, with a small but well thought list of wines, beers and popular spirits and mixers allows you to sit down and relax with a drink on arrival or during the evening. A small selection of snacks is also available, with our sharing platters proving to be very popular. Redecoration of the Reception room will begin next week  with minimal disruption.

Bath Lights

Click below to view a clip of the Bath Festival of Light. Enjoyed by all staying with us here at The Windsor, December 2013.

Bath Festival of Light Video

News from the kitchen

We continue to source the very best of local produce to heighten the guest experience during breakfast. To this end we now serve the very best Organic unhomogenised Milk from local Ivy Farm. These very lucky, spoilt cows graze on clover and grass throughout the year and love the milking process. This wonderful cream coloured milk is how milk used to be and is utterly delicious. Ivy Farms’ milk goes to all the best establishments, being sold and served at Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Selfridges.