Design Insider is delighted to share our last boutique hotel of the year – The Roseate Villa, Bath. This is our fourth hotel of Design Insider’s Boutique Hotel Series and is a very special one. Situated in a quiet corner in the city of Bath, nonetheless, the hotel is only a moments’ walk away from the hustle and bustle of the cultural city of Bath.
The Roseate Villa Bath (The Villa) encompasses two idyllic Victorian houses with an evident characterful legacy, which have been converted to make the beautiful outer building of the boutique hotel. The Victorian scenic exterior is harmonised by the stylish & elegant interior of the hotel. Nevertheless, as much as guests enjoy the exterior and interior, there is much more this hotel has to offer. The Villa overlooks Henrietta Park, a seven-acre outdoor space originally opened to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. Subsequently, no matter where you look – whether it’s outside the building of the hotel, peering to the park from your room, or sitting in a quiet space inside the hotel – you will find yourself in a state of mesmerisation and tranquillity.
The Villa houses 21 individual rooms, all of which contain exclusive features. Every room has a bespoke Hypnos bed, goose down duvets, and Egyptian cotton linen – so be prepared to feel relaxed. The luxurious rooms are also equipped with a smart television and a digital radio, although if you would rather be outside but still have privacy, you can enjoy your very own afternoon tea from your garden terrace.
Additionally, after a day exploring heritage sites in the city and spending time relaxing, it’s beneficial to know what kind of dining experience The Roseate Villa offers as the food will be the fuel to your adventure!
“Delicious food served with warmth is what defines the dining philosophy at The Villa”
The dining experience begins with a wholesome breakfast in the morning and afternoon tea served after lunch through to early evening. The breakfast menu is tailored to guest preferences and is all locally sourced food. The baked bread, fruit, pancakes and English style breakfast is just an example of the types of breakfasts visitors eat to nourish their bodies for a day in Bath. View the menu here.
Moreover, the hotel is also equipped with a sophisticated bar. The Henrietta Bar is elegantly designed and a place to escape after a day in town, walking, or other activities. The bar is open all day, offering a range of drinks which you can view here. Guests can choose from the luscious teal velvet stools, look out over the park in the comfortable low armchairs, or even sit in a more secluded spot on one of the dining chairs.
Furthermore, to all dog owners and lovers, you are welcome to bring your furry friend to stay too! The hotel has special rooms for dogs and their companions. Not only this, your dog will be gifted with a special ‘woof’ box which is filled with delightful treats from Lily’s kitchen, and a tennis ball to play with at the local parks. Though to find out more about where dogs love to go, you’d best ‘speak’ with the hotel’s very own dog – a beautiful border terrier named Muttley – who knows all the best places to go for a dog-friendly bite to eat & drink.
Lastly, The Roseate Villa has been recognised for its outstanding features and service, receiving The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice of Best Winners 2020 and The Customer Service Awards 2017 & 2018! This comes as no surprise, as clearly the boutique hotel has encompassed a variety of features to ensure guests enjoy their stay. This includes all tangible aspects to the hotel, as well as the intangible and impeccable service provided by the hotel staff.
Design Insider sits down with Caroline Browning, the General Manager at The Roseate Villa, Bath, to find out more about this fabulous boutique hotel.
Has the Roseate Villa Bath had any recent refurbishments or renovations? If so, what interior design company were used?
Our newest addition is the beautiful The Henrietta Bar on the ground floor. The Henrietta Bar is a cocktail bar which opened in January 2020 and was designed by Carmela Agostino. The Roseate Villa Bath bedrooms were refurbished in 2017 with interior designer Yvonne Lye from Living Space.
Can you tell us about the afternoon tea experience at Roseate Villa?
Our delicious afternoon tea offering is truly unique due to its personal touch. Everything from the traditional scones and cakes to the breads and jams are hand made by our very own in-house night baker. The afternoon tea experience takes place inside, or in the summer months can be enjoy outside, meaning guests can sip on their tea whilst enjoying the lovely views of Henrietta Park.
Do you think the location of the city of Bath has contributed to the success of your Boutique Hotel, and if so, why?
Absolutely! Bath is a quintessentially British town, both beautiful and serene while also offering the warm hustle and bustle that comes with most cities. Our hotel is located a gentle 10 minutes stroll away from Bath Abbey and so our guests can enjoy the best of what the city has to offer while also being able to escape to the beautiful green gardens that surround our hotel.
What is the best feature in the hotel and why?
I believe the architecture of the building, the hotel encompasses two converted Victorian houses which stand out from all of the Georgian buildings in Bath, and also the original cast iron staircase within the hotel. The staircase majestically leads guests up to their guest rooms with the most eye-catching interior décor of a bookshelf alongside some beautiful artwork adorning the walls.
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