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One of Bath's best-quality bed and breakfasts, in a Victorian house on the hilly southern side of Bath. Bedrooms are smart and characterful, and some have commanding views over the city. You can look forward to top-notch breakfasts and first-rate service from the managers. From the city centre to the B&B, it's a good 15-minute uphill walk.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Dorian House stands on the southern side of Bath on Upper Oldfield Park, a fairly quiet residential street. It's a 15-20-minute walk from the centre of the city (and the train station), up a steepish hill; you may end up getting a taxi home after an evening out. Alexandra Park, which has one of the best views of the city, is close by as is Menu Gordon Jones, one of Bath's best restaurants.

By car: 40 minutes from Bristol, just over an hour from Cardiff and 1 hour 30 minutes from Reading. There is free parking on site.

By train: Bath Spa station is just 15 minutes away by foot, serviced by Great Western Railway with links to Gloucester (1 hour 20 minutes), Bristol Temple Meads (11 minutes) and London Paddington (1 hour 20 minutes). Book trains to Bath Spa.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This is an imposing, late-Victorian semi-detached house built out of Bath Stone, the honey-coloured local limestone. You'll find attractive period features abound inside, such as decorative floor tiles in the hall, painted cornicing (of grapes) in the comfy lounge, and pretty fireplaces in many of the bedrooms. The furnishings are tasteful and understated.

THE LOOK AND FEEL

Dorian House is owned by Rosalind and Tim Forester, who live in the Royal Crescent. Your day-to-day hosts are the very friendly and capable managers Jen and Phil Hardwick, who live in a property at the rear of the garden. The reception is open until 7pm; you're given an emergency number to call at other times.

  • Garden
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The bedrooms, named after composers and musicians, are characterful and comfy. Many have Victorian fireplaces, blinds on windows and furry throws on beds, and four of them have four-poster beds. Rooms to the front benefit from far-reaching views across Bath (best from the higher floors). Bathrooms are high-quality tiled affairs and some offer baths.

Room types: Cosy & Standard Double rooms, Standard, Superior & Executive King Size rooms, Garden View & City View Four Poster

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The excellent breakfasts are prepared by Phil, who is a trained chef, and taken in a lovely conservatory at the rear of the house. Highlights include smoothie shots, local cheeses and homemade jams, and cooked platters with bacon and sausages from Bath's best butcher.

Breakfast: continental, grilled and vegetarian options, local produce. Served daily.

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