Poplar House B&B, Bath.
Enjoy the elegance of staying in a Georgian House with twenty-first century comfort and within only two miles from the centre of Bath, overlooking the Avon Valley, the Bath hills and the local villages of Batheaston, Bathford and Bathampton. From Poplar House you can either drive into the centre of Bath, walk, cycle, take a taxi or take one of the frequent buses. Poplar House is a place to relax and visit the local sights. It is situated in a quiet side street in Batheaston on the outskirts of Bath, but within easy reach of the centre of the city.
Poplar House is a boutique bed and breakfast, with three available double guest bedrooms, the Grey Room, the Green Room and The Eaves, newly opened in an original Georgian house. Each guest room has a double bed with tea/coffee-making facilities, en-suite shower, free parking, free WiFi and Freeview TV. Each guest room has been recently refurbished to a high standard of comfort, style and elegance that befits an original eighteenth century Georgian house.
Guests will have access to their own discrete lounge on the first floor, the Yellow Room, with stunning views across the nearby Cotswold-stone rooftops across the Avon Valley to the hills surrounding Bath and the local villages of Bathampton and Bathford. The House is located a few minutes walk from the banks of the River Avon near the old toll bridge at Bathampton and just a short distance from the Bath & Kennet Canal tow-path leading to the heart of the City of Bath. In the other direction, and just a few minutes drive away, is the scenic countryside of Wiltshire. For breakfast every morning you will have the choice of a continental breakfast with croissants, fresh bread, local preserves and seasonal fruit served as a buffet, and you can order a cooked English breakfast included in the price, depending on your wishes. Your breakfast will be freshly-cooked with organic eggs to your taste. In mid and high season, the eggs are laid by our own chickens and the ingredients selected from local produce whenever in season. In good weather, guests can choose to eat breakfast in our private courtyard.
History of Poplar House
The House was built mainly in the mid-eighteenth century but its origins can be traced back to seventeenth century Jacobean times when it was owned by a merchant, probably a clothier, who wished to build his residence close to Bath but with easy access to London Road, the old highway leading to London. During the mid-twentieth century Poplar House became the location for the village's only medical practice with three doctors on the premises, who stayed for 20 years. In the early 1980s, the house was eventually sold to Major Richard Carr-Gomm, OBE, the social reformer and philanthropist, and his wife Susan, who founded the two charities, Abbeyfield Society and the Carr-Gomm Society and who lived at Poplar House until 2008. Today, Poplar House is owned by the Hagen family, who are educators by profession and direct descendants of Jacob Hagen, the eighteenth century London timber merchant from St. Saviours Wharf, Bermondsey, a prominent anti-slavery activist and colleague of William Wilberforce, the parliamentarian who abolished slavery. William Wilberforce was married in a church near Poplar House.
Facilities near Poplar House
Just 200 metres from Poplar House in the High Street, Batheaston, you have all the essentials you may need, including a doctors surgery, a chiropractor and a dentist, as well as a cafe and fast-food shop. There's a post-office, a general store (open most days till 9pm), a ladies hairdresser, antique store, a newspaper shop and a nearby garage for car repairs. Within a short walking distance there are three churches: Anglican, Catholic and Methodist. Times of services can be made available on request. For snacks, there is the Fat Friar on Batheaston High Street, a cafe and take-away offering hot meals, coffees teas and snacks till 9pm every day except Sunday. The opportunities to eat out are wide-ranging, from local gastro-pubs to fine dining in Bath itself.
Gastro-pubs near Poplar House
Bathampton Mill, a 15 minute walk, or five minute drive, on the road to Bathampton, with outside seating on the River Avon The George Inn, a 20 minute walk, or eight minute drive, with outside seating on the Kennet & Bath Canal, The Muddy Duck, famous village pub in Monkton Farleigh (ten minute drive in local village) The Northey, near Box, in Wiltshire (ten minute drive from Poplar House). NB By arrangement, Poplar House can offer a drop-off and collect car service to the local restaurants and pubs.