I was chatting to some guests over breakfast (while they ate their Eggs Florentine on a gorgeous looking muffin) and it really made me think about the ethos we have developed over the seventeen years we have been running our family business and how it defines what we do today.
Nici and Sue looked at him with blank faces.
“WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get.”
We were talking about the fact that Three Abbey Green is the only independent B&B in the top 20 on Tripadvisor in Bath which does not use Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) e.g. Expedia, Booking.com
By booking directly with us, there are no hidden charges. The price of the room is not inflated to cover the 15% to 20% commission that has to be paid to OTAs. There are no extras, when guests book directly with us. It is the cheapest way to stay with us. The price includes:
- Breakfast – a wonderful event, using locally-sourced ingredients and ‘Daily Specials’. If you book their accommodation through an OTA, the chances are that you will have to pay extra for breakfast.
- Free wifi
- Free parking permit
- Free bottled water
- If we are asked to put flowers or champagne in the room, we just charge the purchase price. Possibly not very business-like but service fits in with our family ethos.
Choose Three Abbey Green because WYSIWYG. Book directly with us and save yourselves £££!
Don’t spend your hard-earned money paying commission to these OTAs who do nothing to support the local economy and take your money out of the country.
The photo of Nici credit to Pixie App and Derryn Vranch
You bet, it is – at least in our family business and we are delighted that we retain our breakfast award each time we are inspected.
We thought we’d share with you where some of our ingredients come from, so you can see that travelling time is kept to a minimum and the ingredients are as fresh as they can be
Fruit and vegetables from Eades in Bath, a five generational family business. They have thirty acres of land and supply many of the top restaurants here in Bath.
Eggs are from Paxcroft Farm, just down the road from Bath in Trowbridge, where they are still producing eggs under the best possible conditions, without health or environmental problems. I love a poached egg and I think we serve the best eggs, rivalling any restaurant or hotel in Bath.
Breakfast wouldn’t be breakfast without toast and jam or marmalade, would it?
Bread – Hobbs House Bakery in Chipping Sodbury is a true family business with five generations of baking experience. Their organic wild white sourdough is my favourite or perhaps it’s the Pumpernickel or was it the chocolate and pecan………….?
Simi makes all our jam and most of the marmalade, using whatever is in season, sometimes foraging from the hedgerows or buying produce grown by our greengrocer, the Eades family. She delivers the jars to us by carrying them in her rucksac as she walks from her kitchen in Great Pulteney Street, just 400 yards door to door. Not many food miles involved in this part of our breakfast!
We also serve compote daily, which we make ourselves as often as we can, by using seasonal fruit.
We can cater for most dietary needs, particularly given a little notice. No need to worry if you are vegetarian or vegan, need gluten-free options or have coeliac disease, we always have a stock of ‘free from’ foodstuffs readily available.
I almost forgot the coffee. We buy our coffee from the lovely Columbian Company coffee shop, our neighbours in Abbey Green – yet another little family-run business. JP, the owner, was born and raised in Colombia, so he buys his coffee from a country he knows well. He says, ‘It is very important to us that our coffee is directly traded, ethically sustainable and that the relationship with the coffee farmer goes further than just a commercial transaction.’
We are now in negotiation with a local 19 years old who has started a tea company in Bath. More news when I have some.
“We could not have achieved these awards without the fantastic support of our staff,” said Nici. “We couldn’t be more proud of their commitment to helping us provide beautifully clean accommodation and truly scrumptious breakfasts.”
Last time a silver – this time, who knows?
We only have to wait until November 15th to find out which award we have won – gold, silver or bronze.
We had our first cautious dabble two years ago when we entered the Access and Inclusivity category of the Tourism Awards for Bristol, Bath and Somerset. We were completely amazed when we were presented with the Silver Award, beating the National Trust at Brean Down, with @Bristol winning the gold.
Bath is buzzing at the moment – and it’s not just the bees. Here at Three Abbey Green we are so enthusiastic about all the unusual events on offer over the summer that we have put together a factsheet ‘Twelve top tips for exploring Bath on foot’. We don’t want you to miss any opportunity to see Bath from a different angle and if you stay with us, you can do them all by just using your feet. No cars or public transport required. So, if you want to see the Roman Baths by candlelight whilst drinking champagne, blow your own Bath glass bauble or try Stand Up Paddleboarding, read on. Actually, we got a bit over-excited and have given you thirteen things to do while you visit Bath.
One of the suggestions is to follow the Minerva Owls’ sculpture trail, so it was thrilling to find one of the 80 Owls has joined us in Abbey Green. You only have another 79 to find!
We are proud beyond measure that two of our part-time staff, Bath University students Pip and Beth, have both finished their studies here with a 2:1 in Environmental Science. Well done to both of you.
And finally, even the weather is conspiring to make Bath amazing. Come and join us!
At last, some sunshine! The buildings in Bath built in Georgian stone are looking amazing –
the sun really enhances the beauty of the city. Now the sun has come out, it is time for our
visitors to come out to play too.
It’s been a tough few months for independent businesses in Bath, with the opening of
several new hotels threatening to overwhelm the small independent accommodation
providers. Then the weather did its best to deter anyone from going out of their own front
door, leaving restaurants and cafes unable to fill their tables and shops with fewer
To encourage you to visit Bath, we have a special offer for anyone who can stay with us for
two nights or more. Click here to access it. We also have the Bath Reward Card available for
all guests with a myriad of great offers to help you to save money on food and activities.
The local traders are getting in on the action too. May 20th marks the start of a regular
monthly Sunday market in Bath and it’s happening right outside our front door in Abbey
Green. The Independent Bath Market will feature up to 25 stalls. The traders are selected
small independent family businesses, makers, growers, crafters, artisans and producers
from the local area. We are all delighted to support the second year of this initiative. The
Market will happen on the third Sunday of every month.
As a family business, we also wanted to support those groups who are there to help us in
these challenging times. To this end, we have joined the Health Staff Discounts, Blue Light
Card scheme and Defence Discount Service and can offer a 10% discount to anyone working
in the NHS, the emergency services and the Armed Forces. The discount will apply to any
room, not already advertised at a discounted rate. You must ask for the discount when
booking and produce the relevant membership card or proof of occupation on arrival.
Finally, if you missed Nici on the TV again, check out Thrifty Ways to Summer Holiday,
shown on Channel Four in March.
Dates extended for Winter Weekend Warmer and Winter Weekend Spa! If you are on a budget this February but still want to get away at the weekend, look no further than these terrific offers. Also, all our midweek prices have been slashed. Come and stay with us, enjoy beautiful Bath and still have some money left over to go out for dinner and treat yourselves. Give us a ring on 01225 428558 or book through our secure booking site.
Q. Want to visit Bath and stay in beautiful affordable accommodation in the heart of the city?
A. Look no further. You have found the right place.
January and February are splendid times to visit Bath if you can spare a day or two – it isn’t busy because there are not many tourists around at the moment, so you won’t have to queue to get into Bath’s major tourist attractions, like the Roman Baths. Our many fine independent restaurants have recovered from their hectic Christmas and New Year and are now looking to fill their tables again.
Come and stay with us in Three Abbey Green. You will find us about 100 yards from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. We are surrounded by a wealth of independent shops and restaurants. You can walk to all Bath’s tourist attractions from Abbey Green, so you won’t need your car. You can even have a free guided walking tour of the city with the Mayor of Bath’s Guides.
Here are a few more ideas:
• Watch Bath play rugby or football
• Visit the Theatre Royal or Komedia
• Hire a bicycle and explore Bath for a few hours
• Take in some of Bath’s ten best museums
• Go to an art gallery
• Hike the Bath Skyline trail
• Enjoy the architecture
• Explore Bath’s parks and gardens
• Take a trip to the Cotswolds or Stonehenge
There is so much to do. Come and find out. Let us help you to enjoy Bath as much as we do.
!!! JANUARY 7TH – 11TH ONLY !!!
Midweek Midwinter Madness
Any double/twin room @ £100 per night
Stay for two nights @ £80 per night
Stay for three nights @ £60 per night
All rates include a scrumptious breakfast
Online: www.threeabbeygreen.com and quote MMM in guests’ comments box
Telephone 01225 428558
N.B. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Payment will be taken at time of booking and is non-refundable. Only one room is bookable per guest. Standard occupancy is required.