“We can’t thank Helen and her family for enabling us to experience our first non-simultaneous house exchange. We stayed for 3 nights. The house is a beautiful traditional style house, typically of Bath. We had access to the whole house, four bedrooms, playroom, lounge and kitchen, minus the top floor, but these rooms were locked and we didn’t need access. We were also encouraged to use anything we needed, bikes, toys, arts, crafts and food. This made our stay feel very comfortable and we felt welcomed by the flowers and nice message. The house was very tidy and we hope we returned it as we found it. Helen was available at all times to accommodate our questions and requests. The house is perfectly placed in a lovely quiet neighbourhood, overlooking tennis courts and with off street parking. The house is only 15 minutes walk to the city centre. We particularly enjoyed our bike ride on the two tunnel railway path, shopping in the city and a trip to Longleat Safari Park. We can’t thank Helen and her family enough for trusting us with their home. We look forward to hosting them in October. ”
Where is it?
We live in Bath, a 15 minute walk down into the historic city centre and to the train station (Bath Spa - 1hr 25mins to London).
The area our house is in is called Bear Flat, and has great local amenities including one of the top restaurants in Bath (Menu Gordon Jones - amazing Tripadvisor reviews...), a lovely local café (the Bear Pad), a really good all day kitchen/pub (Zazus Kitchen), an Italian deli, a supermarket, pharmacy, gym and wine shop.
Bath city is just a short walk away and has amazing architecture, shops and restaurants/theatre. We moved here in 2014 having lived in London for more than a decade and it has all the amenities you could want from a city whilst being compact, easily walkable and in beautiful countryside, all a very short walk or drive away. Bristol, a fascinating city, is just 15 minutes from Bath by train.
The area is really well set up for children, with several children's play areas within a short walk (including Alexandra Park, which has amazing views over the city), a city farm, off-road cycle paths out to country villages (and pubs!), indoor play areas for bad weather and child-friendly cafes in Bear Flat as well as the city.
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