It has been over a decade since I last came to Bath, in fact, it had been so long, I had almost forgotten just how beautiful this place was. Bath is often seen as the jewel of the South West and it is easy for me now to remember why. From breath-taking scenery to elegant Georgian architecture, it is no wonder Bath is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities with nearly six million tourists flocking here every year.
I was coming to Bath for a business meeting followed by an event where I had been invited to be a speaker. It wasn’t a trip I could easily do in one day, so my friend, Jess recommended I stay overnight. She recommended the Queensberry Hotel. Staying in a hotel on my own overnight sounded very nice even though my children made me feel terribly guilty about it. Saying "so mummy, you are going out and not coming home tonight. What about daddy? Are you abandoning us all again?’ Whoops. Guilty as charged.
The Queensberry Hotel is run by owners Laurence and Helen Beere, who have been here for two decades. Together they have a clear vision of what makes this boutique hotel good and different. As a guest, it was to feel the personality behind the hotel and when you walk in, they make you feel like it is an extension of your home.
Set on a quiet Georgian terrace, The Queensberry Hotel feels like a secret hotel that everyone needs to know about. On arrival, the staff are eager to please by relieving me of the three heavy bags I was carrying from London. I was then warmly ushered into the drawing room to help myself to complimentary tea or coffee. Inside the hotel, the decor is modern, stylish and vibrant whilst maintaining a commitment to the Georgian charm of this building. I felt right at home.
The hotel is full of history and Magaly, the Hotel Manager; was keen to tell me how a row of terraced houses had been knocked together to create this beautiful place. behind each door is another sumptuous room, with plenty of quiet spaces to lounge and read. There is a cool cocktail bar and a pretty courtyard terrace which makes this place such a hidden gem! Who knew?
The 29 bedrooms are individually decorated in a soft palate of creams, browns and greys with splashes of colourful cushions and rugs. I was in room number 7, which was a Junior Suite. I had more space than I knew what to do with, but it had been booked by a friend so I wasn’t going to complain. All the mini sized toiletries were courtesy of The White Company, which was a really nice touch, emphasising the quality of this quaint, boutique hotel.
I wasn’t travelling with my children for this trip but was keen to know how the hotel may service our family needs if I returned with them in tow. The Hotel Manager explained that for in the room I was in, they would simply set up two 'put up beds' in the corner for the children with everything they need for a good night’s sleep.
Furthermore, the hotel offers a baby listening service for those families who require it as well as children’s robes and activity packs. Good to know.
In recent news, The Olive Tree, the Queensberry's basement restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star which has been cited by the owners as an ‘incredibly important milestone’ for the business. The restaurant, which is headed up by Chris Cleghorn, scooped its first Michelin star earlier this month becoming the only establishment in Bath and one of 97 outside London, to be recognised with the accolade. It seems I arrived at the right time!
Using a combination of classical flavours with modern cooking techniques, Chris creates his own unique style, crafting menus that showcase the best of Bath and the best of British. The restaurant offers five and seven-dish menus; it offers two courses for £26 or three for £32.50 between Friday and Sunday. There are vegetarian, vegan and dairy versions of the 'seven' menu and diners can visit for canapés, cheeses or wine.
On that basis, I was so disappointed that I wouldn’t be dining with them that evening as was off to the event, but as I woke, all I could think of was the breakfast that would be waiting for me.
As I came down for breakfast at 7:30am, it seems I was very keen as was the first one down to sample the menu! The staff, attentive as ever, were keen to fetch me a fresh pot of coffee and show me the juice selection. I ordered a full English breakfast and it was delicious. I savoured every single mouthful whilst diving into The Telegraph newspaper at the same time. It felt so indulgent to be having breakfast alone without any children shouting at me or pulling at my hair.
Quite honestly, The Queensberry is such a gem of a hotel that if you come to Bath, I would highly recommend it. As I checked out of the hotel it felt sad that I hadn’t had more time here. I found myself gently stroking the velvet chairs as I left. All I could think of was that maybe we all need a little more velvet soft furnishings in our lives.
I am now quietly planning another meeting in Bath in a few months’ time so have an excuse to come back. Shall I bring the children? I'm still thinking about that one...
N.B - The Queensberry Hotel gifted me free overnight accommodation in exchange for coverage on my blog where I would express my personal views on the experience of this hotel. All opinions and photography is honest and my own.
For more information on the Queensberry Hotel, please visit their website.
The Queensberry Hotel, Russel Street, Bath, BA1 2QF