Three Abbey Green Bed and Breakfast in the Centre of Bath Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:58:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Spot the difference! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:23:28 +0000 Evening on the greenDo check out our new website, which has just gone ‘live’. The web address is the same It may not look new but, believe me, it has had quite an extensive makeover to try to make it even more user-friendly and completely up-to-date. Going through the old one with a fine toothcomb made us realise how everything changes, all the time.

The major change is the addition of a new page, called ‘About Us’. We love being a family business and consider our staff to be part of our extended family, so we have taken this opportunity to introduce everyone to you. We have become a three-generation business now that 10 years’ old Finlay is taking an active part, when he’s not at school or playing one of his many sports, not to mention deafening his parents, Nici and Alan, with trombone practice.

Some of you may know that the business has recently won a major national award from VisitEngland for Excellence in Customer Service. (Read about that here). The fact that it came as a complete surprise and was completely unsolicited made it very special. We could not have achieved this without the support of our staff, our extended family, who always go the extra mile to make sure the house is spotlessly clean, warm and welcoming.

Some things don’t change of course – we are not any easier to find when arriving by car! In fact, the council seems to find ingenious ways to re-route the traffic to make it even more difficult to drive in the city centre. Then parking spaces keep disappearing. Even Sue got a ticket the other day for parking in what used to be a perfectly legal space which had suddenly been suspended. Please do what we say on the website – download the file which has lots of information about driving to Bath and parking (click here to download). Please contact us so we may help you to decide on the most practical solution to finding us and parking your car. If you have any problems when you get to Bath, please call us. We will help you, either by talking you in or coming to find you.

IMG_4456The Bath Christmas Market  starts on November 26th for eighteen days, kicking off a really special run-up to Christmas in Bath. Our guest house is right in the heart of all this festive cheer and can’t be beaten for location, unless you want to drive to the front of the guest house. Mission impossible, I’m afraid, as we become a completely pedestrian zone. Abbey Green looks stunning with the beautifully lit Christmas chalets. The air is full of mouth-watering aromas – mulled wine, hot sausages, roasted hazelnuts, spicy crepes. Parking to get to us becomes even less fun during this time as much of the on-street parking is allocated to Christmas chalets and the many extra visitors to the Christmas Market fill up the spaces in the three main car parks which are close to us.

The new website is still a work in progress and we would love to have your feedback on other things which would make it an even more useful tool or source of information.

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Spa Sensation Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:21:11 +0000 As the weather is getting colder and the days shorter, why not treat yourself and your family and friends to a two nights’ Spa getaway in Bath? You could even buy this package as a Christmas present.

We are located just five minutes’ walk from the Thermae Spa. Stay two nights in any of the following double or twin room (Sycamore, Lord Nelson, Lady Hamilton, Emma Woodhouse or Abbey View apartment) and receive two complimentary 2-Hours Spa session vouchers for the Thermae Bath Spa. The price is from £120 per night based on two people sharing. It is available from 3rd January to the 23rd of March 2015 excluding Fridays and Saturdays, Valentine’s Day and half term, subject to availability. This can only be booked with us directly, either by calling us on 01225 428558 or email It cannot be used in conjunction with any other ‘special offer’ or ‘hot deal’. Please quote ‘Spa Sensation’.

The package includes:

  • 2 x two hours Spa Vouchers for use at the Thermae Bath Spa
    Towel, robe and slippers included with spa session
    2 nights’ stay in of our lovely rooms
    Award winning breakfast on both of mornings
    Bottled water
    Free Wi-Fi
    Use of `Bath Reward Card`
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Extend the Weekend Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:00:49 +0000 If you are coming to stay for Friday and Saturday and fancy turning your visit into a long weekend, we can offer you a third night, either on Thursday or Sunday, at half the normal price. This offer is available from 3rd January to the 23rd of March 2015 excluding the Valentine’s Day weekend and half term, subject to availability. This can only be booked with us directly, either by calling us on 01225 428558 or email It cannot be used in conjunction with any other ‘special offer’ or ‘hot deal’. Please quote ‘Extend the Weekend’.

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3 for 2 offer Wed, 04 Nov 2015 10:59:55 +0000 Book two nights at the standard rate and have the third night FREE of CHARGE. All nights must fall between Sunday and Thursday commencing on January 4th. The final night for this offer is March 23rd.This offer is not available on Fridays and Saturdays, on Valentine’s Day or during half-term week and is subject to availability. This can only be booked with us directly, either by calling us on 01225 428558 or email .  Please quote ‘3 for 2’. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other ‘special offer’ or ‘hot deal’.

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Three Abbey Green wins top National award Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:12:43 +0000 Vist England Rose AwardThe family is thrilled to announce that Three Abbey Green has been awarded a 2015 VisitEngland ROSE award in recognition of Service Excellence. This inaugural award has been made to only 100 VisitEngland quality assessed accommodation businesses that go the extra mile to provide excellent customer service. We are the only guest house in Bath to receive this award.

The award is open to businesses that are inspected annually by VisitEngland and it has been awarded to us, following observations by the assessors, backed up by excellent customer reviews.

The family is delighted to have been the first winner in this inaugural year. Derek went to London with Assistant Manager Flora to receive the award on behalf of the family. He said, ‘It is so exciting for the family and our staff to be recognised for always trying to go the extra mile for our guests. Until we were asked to attend the Independent Hotel Show in London, we had no idea that we were in line for an award and the fact that we were selected by outside agencies makes the award even more special.’

The award was made at a ceremony presided over by James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, who said that this award had been given to accommodation providers who gave their guests a wonderful welcome and showed great customer service. The winners were the crème de la crème in the industry. Derek and Flora received the award from Jenny McGee, Director of Enterprise.

The family business was started in 2002 when Sue Wright and Derek Merkl bought another city centre guest house. Three years later they bought Three Abbey Green, when daughter Nici joined them in the business just as she was about to give birth to son Finlay. He has vowed to keep the business going when he’s a grown-up! Finally son-in-law Alan joined the business in 2012 when he left the army.

Sue is amazed that this small family business has been noticed and gained recognition at national level. ‘We have never put ourselves forward for any industry awards, either locally or nationally, having considered ourselves just a tiny cog in Bath’s tourism sector. To think that we have attracted the attention of VisitEngland is such a huge accolade.’

rose awardBoss Nici added, “It can be quite tricky maintaining our high standards when we are also a busy family. The business doesn’t stop at 5pm so that we can have some family time with Finlay. We have to juggle evening arrivals, emails and phone calls with homework, taking the dog for a walk, trying to guess what time to have supper, bath-time and Finlay’s bedtime. Receiving this very special award makes all the juggling worthwhile.’

Alan said, ‘The ethos of the business has always been to try to provide the highest standard of accommodation combined with excellent customer service, reflecting our own expectations if we were the paying guest. Receiving recognition at this level is so rewarding.’

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An elegant evening out… Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:12:56 +0000 For all that she didn’t live here long, Jane Austen is arguably Bath’s most famous resident in history. Bath society is vividly and humourously depicted in several of her novels, and now there are all sorts of ways to follow in Miss Austen’s footsteps and see Bath as she did.

Jane Austen’s Bath at the Victoria Art Gallery A collection of watercolours and prints of Bath as it was during Jane Austen’s brief residency, used to illuminate the settings and places where her beloved characters from Northanger Abbey and Persuasion met, danced, promenaded, flirted and fell in love. Attend on any Thursday evening in August and you can experience the added delight of the Bath Minuet Dancers or the Jane Austen Dancers performing in the gallery from 5-7pm. You can even learn a few steps and join in! There are also lunchtime tours of the exhibition every Thursday from 12.30-1.10pm, if you want to make the most of the exhibit in a limited time.

Other events in conjuction with the Jane Austen’s Bath exhibition include a series of Jane Austen themed lunchtime talks at the Guildhall, on Wednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd September from 1.10-1.45pm; these talks are free to attend and no booking is required. And if you want to literally walk in Miss Austen’s footsteps, don’t miss the Mayor’s Guides’ free Jane Austen themed walking tours. Each tour starts at 11am from the Abbey churchyard and ends at the Victoria Art Gallery, and tours will take place on Tuesday 4th, Friday 14th and Sunday 23rd of August, and Friday 11th, Thursday 27th and Sunday 30th September. Visit the Victoria Art Gallery website for more information.

Once you’ve taken a turn around the dancefloor and a genteel promenade, make your way home to No.1, The Royal Crescent, and take an Atmospheric Evening Tour of the historic rooms of this beautiful Georgian townhouse. See how Miss Austen and company slept, dined and entertained as the evening draws in, with two tours every Thursday in August, at 6pm and 6.30pm – and don’t forget to have a look around ‘below stairs’ and see where all the hard work happened, before you leave! Tickets are limited but can be purchased on the door.

If you’re more interested in what the elegant Geargain lady wore than where she wore it, you may prefer to spend your Thursday evening at the Fashion Museum, which will be open until 7pm (last entry 6pm) every Thursday in August. You can even book a Backstage Tour of the museum’s stored collection, starting at 5.45pm for up to four people on the same Thursdays in August – but be warned, there are a lot of stairs to climb!

And finally, for those who still wank to dance the night away but would rather stay in the present, the sixth annual Bath Folk Festival takes place on the 8th-16th August, with a rich and engaging programme including a ‘new shoots’ competition, five-day summer school and lots of the informal sessions which festival organisers believe are ‘the lifeblood of folk music’. With artists from around the world performing in various city venues, it’s sure to get your toes tapping!

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A hard days night? Not hardly! Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:43:56 +0000 One of the things I love most about Bath is that there’s so much more to an evening out than fighting for bar space at your local – though we do have some pretty splendid pubs, if that’s what you’re into. Here are a few choice ways to while away a summer evening, including late nights at the Museum of East Asian Art and the Roman Baths, plus if you can’t drag your other half along without the promise of a pint, you can have the best of both worlds with Shakespeare in the Garden at The Boater.

Friday Late On the last Friday of every month, the Museum of East Asian Art opens its doors for an intimate evening lecture or workshop, granting a unique insight into the cultural and historical significance of the collection and a chance to turn your own hand to one of the traditional art forms on display.

  • 31st July, 6pm – Meet the Founder: Brian’s Favourite Ceramic Objects. MEAA founder Brian McElney gives a tour of his favourite ceramic objects in the museum’s collection, sharing the personal stories behind each object and its place in his six-decade collecting career. Ticket price £12.
  • 28th August, 6pm – Introduction to Kumihimo Jewellery. Kumihimo expert Anne Hurwitz leads a hands-on workshop where you will create your own unique piece of jewellery using this ancient Japanese braiding technique. Ticket price £15, materials and refreshments included.
  • 25th September, 6pm – Origami For Adults. Explore the ancient Japanese art of paper folding and create your own seasonal decorations for Autumn and Hallowe’en. Ticket price £6, materials included.

All tickets must be booked in advance – visit the MEAA website for details.

The Roman Baths By Torchlight Until 31st August the Roman Baths will stay open until 10pm (last entry 9pm), and in the evening you can see them in a completely new light, as Roman flame torches are lit all around the water. Be transported into the romance of Bath’s ancient Roman past – just don’t start asking your other half to feed you peeled grapes!

Shakespeare in the Garden at the Boater For two nights, on 3rd and 4th August from 7.30pm, the Boater once again invites you to relax in one of Bath’s best beer gardens, though you’ll be forgiven for ignoring the beautiful view of the Pulteney Weir as theatre troupe Permanently Bard captivates you with their performance of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Tickets cost £15 and can be booked via the Boater website.

Of course, your break in Bath may not be all about you. If you’re planning a family holiday, it can be difficult to know which activities will be a hit – do you go indoor or outdoor, arts and crafts or out and about? Lucky for you, in Bath you can do both without having to go far. And the kids might even learn something while they’re at it!

Terrific Tuesdays at Prior Park Landscape Garden Every Tuesday throughout the school summer holidays, Prior Park plays host to an outdoor family adventure where all ages can learn about nature and get their hands dirty! Visit the Prior Park website for more information.

  • 21st July, 10.30am – Launch of the Rotten Trail. Be the first to find out what happens when things rot – and what would happen if they didn’t! Perfect for little terrors with a fascination for ‘creepy crawlies, funky fungus and buried bones’! But don’t worry if you miss this one – the trail will be open all through the school holidays.
  • 28th July, 10.30am – Green Man Clay Workshop. Learn about the folklore of the mysterious Green Man and make your own green man from clay, then hide him amongst the trees for later visitors to discover. £1 per child to cover cost of materials.
  • 4th August, 10.30am – Plant It, Grow It, Eat It! Make your own compostable plant pot, plant seeds in it and learn how to care for them. Then when you get home you can pop your pot straight in the ground and watch your little plant grow!

Family Fun at the Muesum of East Asian Art Crafty workshops open to all ages allow the whole family to flex their artistic muscles while learning about ancient cultural traditions and art forms.

  • Saturday 25th July, 2pm – Traditional Japanese Braiding. Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with a Wooltastic! Workshop, learning the ancient Japanese art of Kumihimo braiding. Ticket price £3.50 per child, all materials included. 2.5 hours.
    Monday 17th August, 2pm – Japanese Fantastic! Explore and experience fantastic Japanese by creating your own manga comic, making a Japanese doll, learning the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and even dressing up in one of the museum’s amazing collection of costumes! Ticket price £3.50 per child, all materials included. 2.5 hours.

All tickets must be booked in advance – visit the MEAA website for details.
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Soak it all up… Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:41:43 +0000 Whether it’s warm weather or wet (and we’ve had our share of both in recent days!), there’s no shortage of reasons to get out and soak it up for the next couple of weeks in Bath. If you’re craving culture: there’s music to delight your senses and lift your spirits. If you’re after adventure and imagination: there’s more to discover and explore than ever before. So join us and soak it all up while it lasts!

There’s nothing like the opera to remind you of the heights musical performance can take you to. So be sure to be there when The Garden Opera Company brings an outdoor performance of Verdi’s La Traviata to Prior Park College this Thursday, 9th July, in aid of local homeless charity, Julian House. The tragic romance of a Parisian courtesan and the sacrifices she makes in the name of true love, the opera will be performed in English and is sure to strike a chord with all who attend. The grounds will be open from 5.30pm for those who want to take a picnic, and the performance commences at 7pm.

Keeping to the outdoors, this weekend the Egg Theatre hosts the outdoor aerial theatre company Whispering Woods at Prior Park Landscape Garden, with four performances of their new show, Red Threads. Described as “a journey into the wild wood…an immersive experience which combines aerial acrobatics, live music and storytelling”, the show promises to enthrall and delight audiences of all ages. The first performance is at 7pm on Friday 10th July and it is advised that you bring warm clothing, a torch and something to sit on if you wish, as well as waterproofs in case of rain and mud, as performances will go ahead in the event of wet weather. It all adds to the adventure! Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children and must be booked in advance. See the Theatre Royal website for more details.

If you’d rather soak up the music but not the weather, keep a roof over your head at the Church of St. Michael Without on Sunday 12th July for a concert of spirituals, folk songs and classical choral music. Canadian visitors the Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus, AKA Shalloway, join forces with the Walcot State Choir to raise the roof in a free concert, with a collection in aid of Bath’s Three Ways School for pupils with special educational needs. Don’t miss it!

Thursday 16th July sees the IGF Bath Guitar Festival enter its third decade with a long weekend of concerts at The Chapel At The Min. Part of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (previously known as the Royal Mineral Water Hospital and known to locals as ‘the Min’ for short), the Chapel will host performances showcasing the works of renowned guitar composers from around the world. Dubbed “a musical exploration” by organisers the International Guitar Foundation, the festival features new music commissions, a young artist platform and international artist debuts. Visit the IGF website for artist and concert information and book tickets through the Bath Box Office.

How will you be making the most of what Bath has to offer this July? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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No pennies? No problem… Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:38:13 +0000 It’s easy to feel spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do during your visit to Bath and if you’re on a budget it can seem an even more daunting task. But the great thing about summer in Bath is that there’s always something happening – and if you’re in the know, it’s easy to spend all the time you like, without spending all your money…

The Holburne Museum of Art is a beautiful Bath landmark, not to mention a great source for artistic enrichment and a full calendar of events and activities for the whole family, that won’t cost a fortune. Donations are always welcome but admission to the museum itself is free, and you’re sure to find something to hold your interest:

  • Books Galore is an annual second-hand book sale at the Holburne Museum, which raises money for the upkeep of the museum itself and its permanent collection. From 11am – 4pm on Sunday 28th June you will find a wealth of secondhand literature, childrens books, non-fiction, maps, postcards and more – a perfect chance to find a bargain or rediscover an old favourite, all while supporting a good cause.
  • Lunchtime Concerts at the Holburne are a great way to relax and soak up some sonic delights away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, for just £5 per person. Concerts take place every Tuesday from 1.10 – 1.50pm, beginning 30th June with Soho Soirée: Mrs. Cornelys and Canaletto’s Musical Counterparts – music by Vivaldi, Handel, Abel and JC Bach performed on original period instruments. See the Holburne website for the full calendar of concerts.
  • Outdoor Film Screenings with the Little Theatre Cinema and Picture House Pop-Up! For three nights, 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2015, the beautiful grounds of the Holburne Museum become the backdrop for three classics of cinema: Jaws, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Some Like It Hot. Can’t decide whether to catch a movie or make the most of the weather? Do both! Bring a picnic, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy the best of both worlds. Tickets are available from the Little Theatre Cinema or online at the Picture House website.
  • Workshops for Young People run every Monday from 4 – 5.30pm at the Holburne, beginning on 6th July with a Portfolio Group for 14-18 year olds wanting to develop their artistic skills. Each workshop costs £9 per person and the full calendar can be found on the Holburne Museum website.

And while you’re at the Holburne, be sure to take some time to explore Murmuration, the stunning sculpture by Laura Ellen Bacon that is set to transform the facade of the museum from 27th June to 4th October. Woven from Flanders Red Willow, which grows locally, the intricate sculpture uses traditional basketweaving techniques to evoke the murmuration patterns of flocks of starlings and swallows. At the end of the exhibition period the sculpture will be relocated to a permanent home in the musuem’s grounds.

11th July will see the centre of Bath awash in feathers and glitter thanks to the annual one-day Bath Carnival. This free event begins in the beautiful Parade Gardens with live music from local bands and lots of free workshops and activities for all ages. Later in the day, the grand Carnival Procession will congregate at the Bath Rugby Recreation Ground and dance its way to the sound of samba throughout the streets of Bath! This year’s Carnival theme is ‘Creatures, Colours and Communities’; visit the Bath Carnival website for more details and find out which community each creature and colour represents. Here’s a hint: this writer will be wearing red!

If you’re in town this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for the always stunningly turned-out attendees at Saturday 27th June’s Regency Costumed Summer Ball. This annual event is held at the Guildhall in association with the Jane Austen Centre, and while this year’s ball is now sold out, it’s not unusual to spot the elegant Georgian ladies and gents taking the air before the big event, so keep a look-out! And if you’re attending yourself, or just lucky enough to get your picture taken with one of Miss Austen’s compatriots, share your photos with us on Twitter or Facebook – we love to see those costumes!

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So much to do and so little time… Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:32:34 +0000 The summer is well and truly underway, with a veritable feast of fun things to do. If you’re in Bath over the next couple of weeks, here are a few ways to make sure your time is well spent, including some great ways to celebrate Fathers Day on 21st June.

The Importance of Being Earnest From 15th-20th June the Theatre Royal plays host to the inimitable David Suchet in Oscar Wilde’s much loved satirical farce, The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s ‘Trivial Comedy for Serious People’ is bound to raise as many laughs today as it did when first performed in 1895. Visit the Theatre Royal website for prices, availability and booking information.

Early risers can start the day in serenity with Tai Chi on the Terrace at the Roman Baths. Beginning on Tuesday 16th June, sessions are open daily from 8am-8.30am and cost £4 per person. Call 01225 477773 to book your place.

If you like your exercise to be a little more energetic, then join the free City to Garden Walk on 16th June. A guided walk from Bath city centre, through Widcombe to Prior Park Landscape Garden, “taking in beautiful views and local history along the way”. The walk begins at 10am at the Tourist Information Centre in Abbey Courtyard, and takes around two hours. Please note that as this is a free event, admission to the Garden is not included.

History and science buffs will love Waterloo and the March of Science, a new exhibition at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Opening on Thursday 18th June, the exhibition with run throughout the year to commemorate the bicentenniel of the Battle of Waterloo. The exhibition examines the impact of the Napoleonic Wars at a local level and questions how science and technology responded to the culmination of nearly two decades of war with France.

And for those dads whose dreams have four wheels, be sure not to miss the Bath Festival of Motoring on 20th and 21st June. Featuring an eclectic display of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, the event promises to be “a fun-filled weekend for all the family”. The event is run by Bath Rotary Club to raise money for the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering to produce and distribute of ‘Wizzybug’ electric wheelchairs for disabled children.

We all know Dads are the experts when it comes to barbecues, but if yours would rather eat than cook, take him back to Prior Park Landcape Garden for their Father’s Day Barbecue from 12pm-2pm on Sunday 21st June. The park is open as usual from 10am if you want to make a day of it; see the National Trust website for admission prices.

How else will you be showing Dad he’s the main man in your life this Father’s Day? Share some of your ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter – we love hearing from you!

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