5 surprising things to do in Bath city centre

If you’re staying at Britton’s Farm Estate, one of the best boutique B&Bs close to Bath, you’re bound to spend at least a few hours of your break in the fascinating city centre. Just a short drive away from Britton’s Farm, you can be there in minutes. Here are a few of the best city centre activities to add to your itinerary, many of which may surprise you:

1. Explore the Roman Baths by torchlight. Thousands of tourists every year enjoy the famous Roman Baths in Bath, but this exciting guided walk (running from 1st July to 31st August 2015) gives you a unique look at the Baths by romantic torchlight.

2. Bath Folk Festival. Not only can you enjoy music from some of the region’s most talented folk performers during the Bath Folk Festival, taking place from 8th August 2015, but you can also attend a workshop to learn to play an instrument.

3. Watch a movie by moonlight. On 31st August 2015, film fans can enjoy an exclusive screening of Mamma Mia! by moonlight, all in aid of RUH.

4. Fine art by Canaletto. Venetian painter Antonio Canal, also known as Canaletto, may be famous for his images of Venice, but an exciting new exhibition at Bath’s Holburne Museum reveals paintings from the artist which capture the achievements of British architecture and engineering in 1746-1755.

5. Bath Children’s Literature Festival. Packed full of fun, educational events for all the family, this festival is a must-visit for any families staying at Britton’s Farm Estate from 25th September to 4th October.

Bath is undoubtedly a wonderful city to visit, as there is always so much going on in the city centre and surrounding areas. Book a stay at Britton’s Farm Estate and you’ll be within easy reach of all the culture, events and entertainment that Bath has to offer.

A deluxe weekend away – the perfect ‘thank you’ present?

Finding a way to properly say ‘thank you’ to an important person in your life can be difficult. Sometimes words just aren’t enough, and as for gifts – what do you buy for the person who already has everything they want or need?

Experience gifts – the ideal thank you present

The ideal solution is to say thank you with the gift of an experience. This is something that the person could buy for themselves, but they generally wouldn’t. It’s a treat, a way of creating special memories that mean more to them than an ordinary present. Now that’s how to really say thank you!

A weekend away, a short holiday, can be the perfect experience gift. A break from the stress of everyday life, with the chance to relax and unwind, will be much appreciated. However, it needs to be something a little bit special – for example, a stay in luxury accommodation that they wouldn’t normally book for themselves.

Britton’s Farm B&B in Bath specialises in boutique luxury stays, both for romantic getaways and family holidays, where guests can relax in the gorgeous local countryside with lots of attractions and things to do just a stone’s throw away in the centre of Bath.

Rooms at Britton’s Bath B&B are tastefully decorated to the highest standard, with incredibly comfortable beds, fluffy towels, bundles of complimentary extras and luxurious bathrooms. The building itself – a 1643 Jacobean property set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – is also stunning.

A weekend stay, with a fabulous a la carte breakfast served ‘butler style’ in your own private suite, is the ideal thank you present. As a gift and a gesture, it’s memorable, a way to really treat the person and ultimately, it says what you want it to – which is ‘thank you!’

5 things that make a stay truly luxurious

There’s quite a difference between a standard room at ‘nice but not amazing’ accommodation and a premium suite at a lovely boutique B&B – but true luxury isn’t always something you can put your finger on.

Here are 5 things that we think make a stay truly exceptional:

Personal service. Having someone pay close attention to your needs and wishes, going that extra mile to ensure that you’re happy, can be a true luxury. Have a special dietary requirement, need extra pillows or want a restaurant reservation making? These are all things that should be taken care of on your behalf, smoothly and easily, on any luxury stay.

A view to die for. At Britton’s Farm boutique B&B, guests in the luxury master suite are on the very top floor of the building, giving them incredible views across the Bath countryside.

Breakfast in bed. Another unique perk of Britton’s Farm B&B is the a la carte breakfast, served in the privacy of your own suite (on a gorgeous white linen-clad dining table) by your own butler.

Tastefully furnished and decorated rooms. A luxurious room is one which every component is the best quality it can be, and where your comfort has been considered at every turn. For example – beautiful oak floors in the bedroom and heated walls and floors made from porcelain ceramic tiles and limestone plinths in the bathroom. On the bed, high thread count cotton bedding for the ultimate in comfort, and in the bathroom – fluffy, soft towels, bath robes and slippers.

Those little extras. It is these details that really do make a stay special, from in-room extras like Nespresso machines, LED flat screens and complimentary refreshments to free Wi-Fi, free parking, free movies and sports, and other personal touches that really do make a difference to your experience.

Short breaks in Bath – the 5 family attractions you must visit

If you’re on a short break in Bath, or staying nearby with us at the Britton’s Farm Estate luxury boutique B&B, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.

There is absolutely loads going on in this fantastic part of the world, but you only have a few days to spend, here are the 5 top attractions for families in Bath that you absolutely must not miss:

  1. The Egg at the Theatre Royal. This is an award-winning theatre space especially for kids and families, putting on fun, imaginative performances every Saturday. There’s also a family-friendly café and play area attached, and The Egg also puts on workshops and sessions for kids to get involved in.
  1. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. Travel a little bit further and you’ll reach this fantastic safari park, where you can enjoy giraffe feeding, the Monkey Drive-Thru and the Rockin’ Rhino ride, new for this summer! There’s also Penguin Island and the new BBC Deadly Adventure Challenge – it’s a fantastic day out for all the family, for both kids and adults.
  1. Royal Victoria Park. If you’re looking for a beautiful spot for a picnic and a play, the Royal Victoria Park just a short stroll from Bath city centre is ideal. Its 57 acres of green parkland also boasts an 18 hole mini golf course, a botanical gardens and tennis facilities, as well as a thrilling adventure playground.
  1. The Roman Baths. This famous attraction is great for adults, but there’s plenty to entertain the kids too – including the family audio trail and actors dressed as Roman stone masons who you can talk to.
  1. Victoria Art Gallery. Head to this free gallery in the school holidays and your kids can indulge their creative sides with drawing and colouring, workshops and other fun art-based activities while you drink in some culture.

All of these fantastic family attractions are just a short distance from the Britton’s Farm boutique B&B near Bath – so you’ve no excuse not to tick at least a few off your list!

10 things to look for in a wedding venue

When choosing a venue for the most special day of your life, your heart will often overrule your head. You’ll see a beautiful venue that’s just as you pictured, you fall in love with it and all practical considerations simply go out of the window.

However, if you want your big day to go smoothly and your venue to really work for you, there are some questions you really must ask. Here are the 10 top things to look for in a wedding venue:

1. The licence. If you actually want to get married at the venue, it must have the appropriate licence or the ceremony won’t be legal (and you won’t really be married!).

2. Capacity. Take a draft of your guest list with you when looking at venues, as you’ll need ample space to fit everyone in.

3. Decoration and personalisation. Ask whether you can personalise and decorate the venue, moving things around if necessary, to suit your tastes and the theme of your wedding.

4. Accessibility and parking. Can the venue be easily reached by road and public transport, and is there adequate parking for all of your guests?

5. Outdoor spaces. You might like outdoor areas for your photographs and for guests to mingle.

6. Privacy. This is a vital question to ask – whether you get the whole venue and grounds for the exclusive use of your wedding party and guests, or if you’ll have to share it with members of the public.

7. Alcohol licence. Does the venue have a licence to serve alcohol? It sounds obvious, but some more unusual venues won’t have one.

8. Accommodation. If you’d like your wedding party and guests to stay overnight, take a peek at the rooms, particularly the bridal suite, to see if their up to standard.

9. Insurance. Does the venue have appropriate liability insurance just in case something goes wrong?

10. Vendors. Can you bring your own caterers, florists, musicians and photographers in, or does the venue require you to pick from a list of preferred suppliers?
As a popular and picturesque wedding venue in Bath, Britton’s Farm Estate is used to answering these questions and many more. For all the info on our beautiful Jacobean property, including its 42 acres of stunning countryside, or for a peek into one of our luxury boutique suites, all you need to do is ask.

Escape the school holiday chaos this Easter with a romantic break

Kids love the Easter break, as its two whole weeks off school with all the time in the world to play and have fun. Parents, however, are not always so fond of these particularly lengthy school holidays. With overexcited children to entertain at all hours and with no time left for themselves, mums and dads can soon find themselves in serious need of a break.

This Easter, why not escape the chaos of the school holidays and make a break for it with a romantic weekend away? All you need is a babysitter – grandparents are always a good bet – and a picturesque, intimate setting, and you’re all set for a refreshing, battery-recharging break. You’ll only need to leave the kids for one night, but it’ll make all the difference to your sanity!

Visit Bath this Easter

If a stunning countryside setting, luxurious boutique rooms and a convenient location next to a historic spa town sounds like your idea of the perfect location for a romantic Easter getaway, Britton’s Farm Estate could be just what you need. Stay in a private luxury suite in a historic 17th century Manor House set in acres of countryside in an official area of outstanding natural beauty, with a unique ‘butler style’ a la carte breakfast to wake up to.

What’s more, the World Heritage City of Bath, with all of its cultural hotspots and attractions, is just a stone’s throw away. It’s the perfect way to treat yourselves, to enjoy some quality time together in a relaxing, romantic setting.

If you feel too mean leaving the kids behind, you could always bring them along – Britton’s Farm Estate does indeed have a farm full of cute and cuddly animals for kids to befriend. There’s also a family friendly Cottage Suite with enough room for everyone, and plenty to do nearby for adults and kids of all ages, including Stonehenge and Longleat Safari Park.

5 must-visit events in Bath in 2015

There’s always a lot going on in Bath – in fact, many people consider this bustling city one of the cultural hotspots of the UK. To help you sort through the plethora of events, festivals, shows, parties and productions happening in Bath in 2015, here are our 5 unmissable events of the year:

  1. The Independent Bath Literature Festival – 27th February to 8th March
    This world-famous festival is back for another year, and it’s happening really soon! With a host of events including the Big Bath Read and appearances by celebrity authors including Alistair Campbell, Kate Mosse and Michelle Mone, it’s set to be an action-packed and enjoyable week.
  2. Bath Comedy Festival – 27th March to 6th April
    The comedy festival is back for its 7th year and has some fantastic acts lined up, including Richard Herring, Jarred Christmas and shows by the fabulously bizarre Unrehearsed Theatre Company, who this year are performing their version of Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
  3. Bike Bath – 5th July
    If you want to get sporty this summer, hop on your bike and join the competitors in Bike Bath, an annual cycling event attracting people from all over the city and beyond. Lots of good causes benefit from Bike Bath, so it’s well worth taking part even as a spectator.
  4. Jane Austen Festival  – 11th to 20th September
    Lovers of Jane Austen flock to Bath every year for the resplendent Grand Regency Costumed Promenade, concerts, dance workshops, fascinating academic events and much more at the annual Jane Austen Festival at Bath.
  5. Bath Christmas Markets – 26th November  to 13th December (TBC)
    For many people, the Bath Christmas Markets are an annual tradition and the perfect way to end the year. If you’ve never visited, you can expect fantastic stalls, handmade gifts and delicious festive food and drink.

These are just a handful of the year’s highlights in Bath, but there are plenty more – from theInternational Bath Music Festival to the Bath Mozartfest.

Where to stay

If you want to access the city’s events but want a peaceful place to stay after long, exciting days, Britton’s Farm Estate is perfectly located. One of the best luxury B&Bs in Bath, its elegant and comfortable rooms are set in a charming 17th century manor house and gorgeous grounds. Less than 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, guests at Britton’s Farm won’t miss a minute of the excitement in Bath.

Stuck for Feb half-term ideas? Visit the animals at Britton’s Farm

 

The February half-term can be a nightmare for parents, as the weather can make it difficult to keep restless children entertained. However, with a bit of planning and a few clever ideas, both you and the kids can have a great time this Feb half-term.

Something for you, something for the kids

If you don’t fancy sitting through yet another children’s film at the cinema, why not try something a little different this half term? You can entertain the kids and enjoy some quality time as a family by visiting Britton’s Farm Estate in Bath, where there are a range of activities on offer for all ages.

Meet the animals!

The main attraction at Britton’s Farm is, of course, the animals. Kids will love the chance to say hello to the horses and ponies, as well as the adorable micro pigs, sheep and other farm animals. The animals at the farm are fed most mornings, so make sure you get here early (if you aren’t staying overnight) to avoid missing out. However, the animals are very friendly and will always appreciate another treat later in the day!

Cycling and walking

Set in stunning countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with fantastic links to nearby Bath, Britton’s Farm provides plenty of opportunities to get some fresh air and drink in the beautiful scenery. There are cycle paths that go straight into Bath and Bristol, with plenty of pubs along the way (as an incentive for the grown-ups). You can also get to Victoria Park in Bath very easily, where there are play areas and zip wires to keep kids entertained for hours at a time.

Shopping, eating and drinking

The delicious breakfast at our luxury Bath B&B, made using only the best quality local ingredients, is a must if you’re visiting Britton’s Farm Estate. If you want to venture further afield, there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop nearby, including The Shed, a great place to visit especially if the weather isn’t on your side.

So, whether you visit for the day or you decide to stay for the week in our boutique B&B accommodation, a trip to Britton’s Farm this Feb half-term really does have something for everyone.

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