Hideaways has a mouth-watering selection of holiday cottages & apartments in Bath and within easy driving distance of this unique city. Bath is an architectural gem, awarded World Heritage status in 1987. Founded in Roman times, Bath became a centre of fashionable life in England in the 18th century when Royal Crescent, The Circus and Pulteney Bridge were built. The city boasts an abundance of visitor attractions - the original Roman Baths, the new Bath Thermae Spa, theatres, museums, literary & music festivals, as well as interesting shops, pubs and restaurants around every corner.
Occupying the top floor of Circus House, this stylish apartment provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy this World Heritage city from the heart of its Georgian architectural splendour. Visit England 4 stars (Gold Award).
A grade II listed apartment in a charming pedestrian street between The Circus and Royal Crescent in the centre of Bath. Visit England 4 stars.
20% discount applies for 2 guests
Visit England 4 star New Mill Cottage is just 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bath, in the outlying village of Northend. Conveniently located for exploring this World Heritage city.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 15th July
Skillfully converted from a former dairy, Old Dairy Barn is a luxury barn conversion in the walled village of Bathford, less than 3 miles from the centre of Bath. Visit England 4 stars (Gold Award).
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 15th July
Situated right on the Kennet and Avon Canal, Lock Keeper’s Cottage enjoys a grandstand view of narrowboats moored to the bank or `locking through` just beyond the garden.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 15th July
Standing at the entrance to an impressive, Grade II listed mansion, The Carriage House is ideal for both smaller and larger groups wishing to explore this fascinating area.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 21st July
15% discount applies for parties of 4 or fewer using 2 bedrooms
Situated between Bath and Tetbury in an idyllic Cotswolds 'hidden' valley with a meandering stream, this location exudes peace and tranquillity.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 22nd July
A self-contained period apartment in a fine Georgian building overlooking the Green in Calne with all its accommodation at ground floor level.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 5th August
Peacefully located by a large Green, Cottage-on-the-Green is well away from busy traffic yet only a few minutes' walk from Calne’s town centre.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 22nd July
"The Fours" at Hampsley Hollow nestles below a range of rolling downland at the end of a long, ‘no-through’ country lane and enjoys long, restful views across the adjoining farmland.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 24th June
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The city of Bath is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from at home and abroad, its unique mixture of history, architecture, culture and modern amenities being virtually unrivalled in the country. Although its natural hot springs were probably known earlier, the town came to wider attention from AD 60 when it first became a Roman spa town called Aquae Sulis. Much later, the Georgians revived this reputation and expanded the boundaries, creating superb architectural gems in the process. In 1987 the city was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the exceptional nature and standard of what it has to offer.
Bath is also fortunate in being situated within easy reach of many places of interest in the surrounding area; and with around twenty carefully chosen and varied holiday cottages within twenty miles of the city centre, Hideaways provides high-quality and well-located self-catering accommodation for every requirement.
The city’s fortunes were founded on a natural phenomenon, shrewdly exploited over the eras. Its base of limestone rock means that rainwater percolates through this porous substance to depths of between nine and fourteen thousand feet: geothermal energy raises the temperature to a maximum of 96 degrees centigrade and under pressure the water rises through faults in the rock. The Romans built baths to take advantage of this free source of hot water, creating three of them in their usual style – hot, warm and cold – and protecting them with a wooden barrel-vaulted roof. These baths (minus the original roof) are still there, beautifully preserved, and in recent years a new addition has been made, a contemporary design combining old and new and known as the Thermae Bath Spa. It offers various health ‘packages’ focussing on the naturally mineral-rich water. Its potentially healing properties became widely accepted in the 17th. century and wealthy people flocked to take the waters. This resulted in a spate of building in the Georgian era, much of it by John Wood and his son, in the mellow local Bath stone. The town became a centre of fashion principally promoted by Beau Nash in the mid 1700s, the very active social life being centred on the Assembly Rooms, the Grand Pump Room and the Theatre Royal.
Bath continued to be an active town from the Roman period onwards and one of its most important buildings, the Abbey, was created in the 16th. century from a modest Norman church. It is a fine example of the Late Perpendicular style and has fifty two windows. The city, though, is full of unrivalled architecture, some of the best known being the Royal Crescent, Lansdown Crescent and Somerset Place (interestingly, the architect John Wood the Younger built just the classical facade of Royal Crescent - between 1767 and 1774 - and sold sections of it for the purchasers to complete individual houses: viewed from the rear the Crescent is much less homogenous). Robert Adam designed Pulteney Bridge over the Avon in 1770, copying an earlier and unused design for the Rialto in Venice: it is thus one of the very few bridges in the UK which also contain shops.
The Hideaways cottages in and around Bath are very popular and guests frequently make regular return visits, the city usually being the focus of their stay. It is an immensely lively and vibrant place full of interest, with many museums, galleries, theatres, markets (including the famous Bath Christmas Market), street entertainments and all-year-round festivals ranging from music, film and literature to the more unusual fringe, beer and chilli! Other people come principally for the shopping (Milsom Street for example is nationally known for its fashion boutiques): there are over four hundred retail outlets in the city, interspersed with a wide choice of places to eat. There are also some fine parks and open spaces in which to rest and relax. Most visitors leave their cars and use one of the Park and Ride schemes, as traffic can be very heavy.
Many of Hideaways’ cottages are in the countryside outside the city and offer an almost endless choice of activities. For canal enthusiasts the Kennet and Avon Canal has wonderful towpath walks. Boats can be hired and the canal is navigable as far as the Bristol Channel to the West and the Thames (and London) to the East. There is much to explore, too, in the nearby Mendip Hills, part of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): the limestone rock has left a legacy of magnificent caves such as Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge, and is also popular with climbers and walkers. Not far to the North of Bath lie the Cotswolds with beautiful villages, stately homes and many antique shops. Wells with its fine cathedral, Glastonbury (Abbey and Tor) and the pleasant country town of Bradford on Avon are all nearby. Whichever of our cosy cottages you choose there is an extraordinary variety of entertainments, activities and sights to see and enjoy.
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