Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bath – so much more than just a city break

Hotel Bath, Bath hotel or hotel in Bath, one has to be so precise in these days of smart phones, apps and satnavs. However, over the phone we simply like to present ourselves as a comfortable base close to the heart of Bath. In fact, we sit on Great Pulteney Street, one of the iconic Georgian streets of Bath, so it’s really well known and easy to find. There are hotels in central Bath; however, being only a five minute walk from the centre offers our guests the best of both worlds. On the one hand, easy access into the heart of Bath, and on the other, all the benefits of a Bath hotel with a little more peace and quiet. For those who wish to combine a trip to Bath with the pleasures of the Somerset countryside, we are aware of some rather seasonal opportunities

Hotel Bath – For hotels in central Bath, contact Dukes on Great Pulteney Street and book your stay today.

As we enter into May, we’d like to share with you two delightful aspects of the West Country. The first is the West of England Falconry centre. Located at Monkton Combe, a few miles outside of Bath, the team have earned a much deserved reputation as one of the premier family activities in the South West. Jay Marshall has lived with an interest in birds of prey since his childhood days and little gives him more pleasure than to share his knowledge, skill and experience with his visitors. After a leisurely breakfast here at Dukes, one may head off for the experience of a life-time. Following on from a brief period of introduction to the falcons and their distinct behaviour and habits, Jay is willing to hand over the reins of his prized birds and allow you to handle and manage one of the birds in his care. A unique combination or handling, training and display will allow you to deal with the birds at first hand. For many guests these falconry walks have proved an enormously successful gift or shared family experience. 

For those who are looking for a hotel in Bath to enjoy outdoor or countryside pursuits, the last weekend in May ushers in the 151st Royal Bath and West Show on the 28-31st May. Housed within a purpose built showground, a little less than 20 miles from Bath, the event offers you a wonderful insight into the activities of rural England. An idyllic combination of shows, displays and demonstration serve as a wonderful opportunity for you to introduce your children to the multi-faceted dynamics of country living. A wealth of farm livestock including the ‘heavy horse’, beef cattle, dairy and sheep are all on display and compete for Best in Show. Demonstrations of sheep shearing and farrier horse work are all undertaken before your very eyes. Often an opportunity occurs for you to lend a hand or even take a turn. For those who simply wish to savour the pleasures of the country, there are countless opportunities to try home smoked meats or purchase farm reared goats’ cheese or simply enjoy a refreshing glass of farm brewed cider.

After a day spent at the agricultural show or an afternoon of falconry, we will be delighted to welcome you to Dukes, a boutique guest house close to the very heart of Bath. An invigorating shower or a long and leisurely hot bath will prepare you for an evening on the town. Perhaps you might enjoy dinner at the Circus, Café and Restaurant.  A leisurely stroll through the heart of Bath, the restaurant is ideally located between the Royal Crescent and the namesake Circus - surely two of the most iconic architectural landmarks in the city. Listed in Bath Life magazine, the venue is recognised as one of the 150 reasons to love Bath as it describes it as: “Bath’s most sophisticated local restaurant, consistently excellent and well-priced.” Serving seasonal, locally sourced, freshly-cooked food with a British bias.

So, for those who wish to enjoy both the pleasures of Somerset in early summer  and the majesty of civilised city living, Bath has so much more to offer and is a long way from simply being a ‘city break’.

Dukes in Great Pulteney Street, Bath -  Get in touch today to find out about our availability for your short stay in Somerset.

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