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Orchard Lodge (Bath)

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Warminster Road,
Bathampton,
Bath
BA2 6XG
Tel:+44 (0)1225 466115
Fax: +44 (0)1225 446050
Email: orchardlo@aol.com

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      01.08.2001 19:25
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      We found this guesthouse quite by accident, after driving around for hours trying to find somewhere to stay that a) was not too expensive and b) had en-suite facilities. Just as we were about to give up and set up camp in the back of the car (not really a viable option!!), we spotted Orchard Lodge. Situated on the A36 as we approached Bath, on the right hand side of the road, it appeared like a mirage in front of our weary eyes. And boy were we glad to see it! Even better – the sign said ‘Vacancies’! Orchard Lodge, built in 1984, has 15 bedrooms – the usual choice of single and double/twin enhanced by the larger family rooms for up to 4 people. Several rooms look out over the valley into Bath itself, and the rooms on the lower floor have access to a back patio area. The rooms at the front look out onto the road, but are double glazed so any traffic noise is hardly noticeable. All are fully en-suite, with colour TV and radio, tea/coffee facilities, telephone, trouser press and hairdryer. Some even have a fridge! There is ample private parking, and dogs are welcome. The reception area is light and clean, with a good selection of leaflets about local attractions and services. Newspapers are available to buy, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We found the owners very friendly and helpful. We were very impressed with our room – there was plenty of space for luggage including a hanging rail and several drawers. Tucked into one corner was an air conditioning unit – very useful as we were there on the hottest day of the year! Extra bedding was provided, as were all towels. The bed itself was very comfortable, and made up with sheets and blankets which we promptly threw off! The whole room was clean and tidy, and sympathetically decorated – creating an instantly relaxing first impression. I was pleased to see a copy of the local Yellow Pages by the phone – it’s these thoughtful additi
      ons that really set a place apart from others. On the desk was a folder containing all sorts of information – from local bus timetables and fares and a map of restaurants in Bath to city car parking hints and a list of useful telephone numbers. The folder also had all the information about breakfast times (7.30-9 Mon-Fri; 8.30-9.30 Sat-Sun), and accepted methods of payment – cheque/cash/traveller’s cheques/most major credit cards. The bathroom was spotless, and (joy of joys) had a bath (well we were in Bath after all . . . )! We stay in B&B’s fairly often, and recently I have noticed that many only have a shower. It makes such a difference after a long day’s travel if you can sink into a lovely hot bath –so another thumbs-up from me here. Little sachets of bath/shower gel were provided, and a bar of soap. The bath mat made me giggle – just a piece of paper with the outlines of two feet printed on it and the words Bath Mat. It just seemed so odd – but it worked! Breakfast is served in a lovely room with views over to Bath, and classical music playing softly in the background. Again I was impressed with the little additions to the norm – like cranberry juice as well as orange, apple or grapefruit. The tables were beautifully presented, with a wipe-clean menu at every place on which you tick your choices of sausage, egg (poached, fried or scrambled), bacon, fried bread, beans and tomato; tea or coffee; white or brown toast. These cards were collected as we munched our cereal, and five minutes later the main breakfast appeared. It was wonderful! The coffee was freshly perked, the service was impeccable, and the whole thing was a great start to the day. We didn’t eat again until about 3pm! So far, so good – but I bet you’re thinking ‘oh yeah it’s the same as any other B&B, same facilities, same service, so what’s so special about it?’ Well I’m
      going to tell you . . . . It has an Environmental Policy. Every light bulb is an energy-saving bulb. All produce is sourced locally, and a conscious effort has been made to reduce packaging waste. For example, instead of individually wrapped teabags, teabags are stored in a small jar and replaced as necessary. And instead of individual portions of marmalade, each table has a small china ramekin of marmalade on the table. Little things, but they really can make a difference. The toiletries provided are produced without animal testing, and with minimum impact on the environment. All glass, paper and plastic is collected and sent for recycling. I was really pleased to see this policy, as I try to do much of the same things myself, both at home and in the Office. I spoke to the owners about it, and they said that in Bath businesses are being positively encouraged to be ‘green’. They also said that by making these changes they have saved thousands of pounds . . . so everyone benefits. Without compromising their standards, Melvin and Monica Curtis have set in place an Environmental Policy that obviously makes a lot of difference, and has won them local recognition and awards. They make their guests aware of the policy in the information pack. It is suggested that guests can help by switching lights off, not leaving the TV on standby, and turning the heating down instead of opening a window. They also welcome comments and suggestions as to how the policy could be improved. I find it heartening to see that someone is doing something to protect the environment, however small and insignificant it may seem. So if you’re holidaying in or around Bath, and are looking for somewhere to make your base camp, for one night or for a week, the Moomins would wholeheartedly recommend Orchard Lodge. ~ ~ Tariff ~ ~ Single room: £39 - £48 Double/twin room: £49 - £65 Family suite (4 persons): £59 - £120
      Child sharing with 2 adults £15 All prices are for a one night stay and include VAT and full English breakfast and unless otherwise stated are for two people sharing a double room. 10% discount for 3 days or more Special winter breaks - November to March Open all year (the above information was taken from the website at http://www.bath.org/hotel/orchar.htm) Date of Visit: 27 July 2001. Double Room – 59.00

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