Saturday, 3 January 2015

Preserving the Grand Old Duke of Bath

We’re passionate about preserving the atmosphere of our Georgian guesthouse here at Dukes. A big part of what makes Dukes such a wonderful place to stay in Bath is that our guesthouse is wreathed so heavily in history. From its grand open fireplaces to its original sash windows, we’ve worked hard to maintain the integrity and atmosphere of our lovely Regency building and all of the special features within it.

Bath is without a doubt a historic city filled with a unique Georgian charm all of its own. It was granted World Heritage Site status in 1987 and it’s easy to see why. As you arrive in the city you are surrounded by beautiful Georgian facades, and even the new buildings built from Bath Stone are designed to echo its original Regency neighbours. Walking through Bath today is often as though walking through a different era. 

At Dukes Hotel, we believe it’s our job to preserve our conjoined Grade 1 listed Georgian townhouses and all of the many beautiful antiques within its walls. We hope to leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy and to provide a luxury Regency escape for the pleasure of our guests. If you want an atmospheric stay in Bath then only the real thing will do. 

So, what do we do at Dukes to look after our grand old guesthouse? Our rooms are furnished with period pieces and faithfully decorated in the classic Georgian style. They still retain their period features too. Moulded skirting boards, the odd creaking floorboard, beautiful plaster alcoves and arches, we’ve worked hard to keep as much of the old building’s original design features as we can.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t have the mod-cons too. Every room is en-suite with complimentary toiletries laid out for you and white toweling bathrobes provided for your comfort. Each room has a telephone, a flat-screen TV (tastefully and carefully installed), and free wi-fi signal. And each room has not only a daily room service facility but also a hospitality tray stocked with a kettle, biscuits, and a selection of top quality teas and coffees ready and waiting for you whenever you feel like a spot of refreshment.

Of course, a truly characterful guesthouse needs its quirks and we think that’s part of what makes Dukes so charming. Little signs of generations gone-by are scattered around for you to find; whether this is the arch of an old doorway or the light imprint of letters written in years gone by left on our antique writing desks. Dukes isn’t a perfect replica but the real thing and that’s why we love it.

A Georgian guesthouse of character, a host of friendly staff and a very warm welcome await you at Dukes Hotel. If you want a luxury bed and breakfast experience with atmosphere, there’s nowhere else quite like it.

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