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Friday, 1 November 2013


M and I spent a couple of glorious days in Bath over half term. We used the amazing Airbnb again (which I've raved about numerous times before) and stayed in Brenda's central apartment for £95 a night.

the outside of our apartment

It was my first visit to Bath and I completely fell in love with the city. It's so quaint and the buildings, made out of sandstone, make Bath one of the most stunning cities in England.

We spent the first day wandering around, getting our bearings.

I called in at True Grace candles and couldn't resist buying a set of samples. Having spent £50 on candles, I knew there and then that I should slink back to our apartment without even a glance at any more of the shops.

However, I hadn't reckoned on Seven Boot Lane and, unfortunately, our walk back took us right past their shop. I spotted these bad boys immediately. At £175 they're definitely not cheap, but the quality of the boot and leather is unbelievable. They'll see me through the next 10 winters, I swear. According to the girl that served us Seven Boot Lane is an independent boot company where a man makes every boot by hand in Spain. Check out their blog here.

The next day we visited the Thermae Bath Spa - an unprecedented let down. What a waste of time - so over crowded (why don't they put a cap on numbers?) and bizarrely nowhere to sit and relax in the pools unless you don't mind squeezing on the Jacuzzi seat which was always full. The changing rooms were similar set up to Center Parcs - unisex - nothing luxurious about them at all. I'm so glad we only went for 2 hours - I was bored stiff. We avoided extra annoying charges by taking our own towels, dressing gowns and slippers.

After watching this year's Great British Bake Off, I couldn't resist calling in for a Sally Lunn Bun which are absolutely huge. They're like a croissant crossed with a brioche bun but not as sweet as either. Well worth a try if you're ever in Bath.

We ate dinner at Sotto Sotto, Bath's number one restaurant according to Trip Advisor. Although our food was fine, we struggled to see what all the fuss was about. Our sharing bread was effectively just a very oily pizza and my fettucine with artichoke and truffle cream didn't even have a hint of truffle flavour.  The underground rooms with vaulted ceilings and waiting staff do deserve a special mention though as they were really lovely.

I can't recommend Bath enough if you want a few days away. It's just so beautiful and I know it'll be super christmassy in December. I've a good mind to go back then just to see what it's like.


  1. I loved my weekend away to Bath - we stayed in a super cute boutique bed & breakfast, though I really need to look into Airbnb and I've only heard good things about it! We quite enjoyed our Thermae Spa too, but sorry to hear it was so hectic for you! When we were there it was practically empty (maybe time of year?!) so it felt like we had a spa to ourselves, I think we were the only ones in the roof top pool at one point..! Either way, Bath is definitely a winner and can't wait to take a short trip down there again!

    1. Hi Lucy, it sounds like you were super lucky at the spa! I have no idea how you managed to be the only people in the roof top pool. There were at least 50 people in it when we were struggling to fight our way into it! I hope you're well.

  2. Hi there,

    Loved your post about Bath so much me & my friend have decided on Bath for our annual girls trip away! Stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for Kenwood vs Kitchen aid & so glad i did! i have since ordered a kmix! :-) hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I'm so glad I chose my kMix, it's been working perfectly and I can't imagine not owning one now. It's great having two hands free and it makes the most fluffy icing. Hope you have a wonderful time in Bath. It really is just stunning! Let me know what you get up to!