Just a couple of weeks ago, my family and I chose to visit England for our spring break holiday. For the country portion of our visit, we drove from London to Bath and chose a charming garden apartment, the Cavendish Garden Apartment managed by Bath Holiday Rentals. The flat was ideal for our purposes and absolute heaven to return to each night.
Our vacationing group included my husband, our son, his girlfriend and me. This posed an interesting challenge in that we needed three hotel rooms in order to have both comfort and privacy during the trip. Three rooms can be both pricey and create a certain lack of togetherness, so renting a flat was a logical choice. Even for a smaller group, having an apartment is an exceptional way to feel more at home in another country – it tends to make one feel more like a resident and less like a tourist, which is a rare and wonderful feeling while traveling.
I chose the Cavendish Garden Apartment after nearly a month of searching various sites and getting feedback from my family. The general consensus was that we were traveling to England, world-renowned for its countryside and should try to stay somewhere that had a strong English countryside feel. This flat was absolutely perfect and exactly what we wanted from its location to its décor.
We arrived later than planned, but our hostess was incredibly understanding and a delight with which to speak. She explained just how to get to the apartment, where to park, gave me useful tips and we both had a laugh over a “lost in translation” moment. I learned that in England, a travel cot is a portable crib for babies, not something suitable for an 18-year-old to sleep on. Now I know! Luckily, he slept just like a baby on the incredibly comfortable sofa.
Our first impressions couldn’t be better. The home was spotless, warm, inviting and full of charm. It is the basement level of a gorgeous 18th century row house. The entrance is in the back through a white gate and down a flight of stairs. Upon reaching the landing, we were all enchanted with the small garden and happy to leave the noise of the street behind. Inside, we were greeted by a cozy kitchen with a stone fireplace on one end. We used the large table and gourmet cooking facilities to make breakfast with the delicious ingredients that were so considerately left for us.
The master bedroom was bedecked with floral cotton and comfortable linens. The sitting room with very long, cushy sofa and mounted TV separated the front of the home from the back. The back bedroom was adorable with its curved ceiling, white and blue bedding and twin beds. All the way at the end was the bathroom with the English hot and cold spouts you’ll see from time to time and a lovely claw foot tub.
Our two nights there were not enough. In fact, the kids said that they would live there forever and have since been researching living in Bath. We walked to the nearby Olive Tree Restaurant inside the Queensberry Hotel (5 minute walk) for a mouth-watering dinner that exceeded all expectations and even to the Roman baths and nearby abbey (15 minute walk). Each night, we returned home happy to relax and sink into bed at our home away from home, the Cavendish Garden Apartment.
My recommendation: This is one of my favorite places to stay in the whole world. Book your stay without hesitation.
For more information on the Cavendish Garden Apartment managed by Bath Holiday Rentals, please visit their website.
Examiner’s Note: My thanks to the professional and helpful Alexa Voisey of Bath Holiday Rentals. The experience couldn’t have been better!