Old Mill Hotel
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So this is my first post to this blog, wide awake far too early and a very excited Chris next to me, makes a change from the usual grump on a Monday morning when he used to have to get up this early to driving back to Plymouth for work. This is my first working day ever of proper unemployment, and with my flat rented and no car and my gizmo living with mum I feel strangely free. I would like to say thanks to everyone who has helped make ...
... o'clock, Kronenbourg o'clock (ok so that one is not so British but you get the picture!) Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a special day especially those who travelled from so far with children in tow it was great to see you all. Special thanks to both our families just for being so great and to Jeremy for being the official photographer. Next stop Rio de Janeiro ...
After an easy crossing yesterday evening we made the trek from Dover to Somerset. Matchsticks in the eyes we arrived at home at 11.30pm. This morning we contemplated the task ahead of unpacking and washing everything, this was interrupted by the discovery that Coco, one of our ...
We were on our way to Stonehenge by 8am. We had one stop before getting there where we bought a picnic lunch to have a Stonehenge. We arrived at Stonehenge around Midday and it looked like half of Europe was here. A very popular tourist attraction. Apparently there have been changes made to the set up at Stonehenge this spring. You have to pick up your audio sets from ...
... Thank you very much. The rapids were fine although I was apprehensive and actually fun. The boat behind us had a newer guide and someone fell from his boat and our boat picked him from water. That same boat had a little trouble getting through some rapids but all other boats were prepared to help if necessary. Thank goodness for our guide. On the way back in calm waters we asked our guide to sing the national anthem which he did beautifully. That was followed by the American and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Mill Hotel Batheaston
Loved the fly's
We booked in to stay at this Hotel for two nights from the 3rd
November 2006, we had booked the four poster room with
breakfast, and we paid full hotel rates as stated on the hotels
When we checked in the room the room was full of large
flies, and someone before us had been killing the flies and
the blood was still on the ceiling and cornices, also the room
was very cold and drafty,we notified reception and they said they
would deal with the problems while we were at dinner, someone
had been in the room and removed the blood stains, but the flies
nest was still there and the room was still cold, we complained again but the reception staff said they were to busy because they
were tending the bar as well as reception;
We had ordered breakfast in the room, this arrived in two
stages, needless to say that it was cold, and it was just a greasy
We did not want to stay for two nights, so we checked out a
day early, we made our point to the reception staff, there was
no apology, there was just the could not care less attitude, it
appeared this type of thing was the norm. However they gave
us a £40 discount, in my mind I did not expect any sort of bill.
We completed the comment form which was in the room, which
I sent direct to the Hotels office, I have also sent a letter of
complaint via e-mail to the hotel's web site. I have had no
response from either.
We've just returned from a one night stay with DB & B in this small hotel by the River Avon. The location is superb and the three-course dinner was excellent. The staff were natural, friendly and efficient. The views of the river, the toll bridge, the weir and the countryside are very pleasing and the working waterwheel is a novelty. We took a boat ride into town and then boarded an open-top bus for sightseeing and could hop on and off to various places such as Jane Austen's house and No.1 Royal Crescent. We went to the bus station (signposted) and took the No.13 back and left the bus at the "Wagon & Horses" which is at the top of the lane which leads down to the hotel. I can highly recommend it for position, food and comfort. It is also great value for money.
Nothing that a good cleaning couldn't help with....
I have to say we were not very impressed with the Old Mill. Most of the staff were delightful, however the gentleman we needed to speak to regarding weddings was a little too stressed and unaccommodating for our liking...when you read on you might see why he was stressed....
Water leaks in the ceiling, dirty windows, rundown grounds, together with very weak showers, windows that wouldn't close, deserts that were hot in the middle and cold on the outside were just a few of the things that put us off. Unfortunately due to the uneven stairs which resulted in me badly twisting my ankle was the reason that we checked out of the hotel early.,... beware of that bottom stair. Also don't book the lodge if you want a room larger than a postage stamp.
Beatiful location and friendly staff
We had two pleasant nights here in the first week of August. The location is delightful, almost rural, but still within easy reach of Bath and its attractions. The staff were friendly and helpful, and I would particularly single out the young woman on reception and the chap in the restaurant.
Unfortunately the first room we had (on the ground floor) was hot and noisy. It was right above what seemed to be the kitchen extractor fan, or possibly bar cooler, which ran all night. When we pointed this out however, we were moved without hesitation to a much better room on the first floor. The young woman who arranged the move remarked that this is a hot hotel - perhaps because of the creepers covering a lot of the external walls?
The two evening meals we had were gorgeous and very good value for money as, booking DB&B, we effectively only paid two thirds of the menu price (namely around £12 instead of £17.50 for the table d'hote menu).
As mentioned by other reviewers, this hotel is used a lot for weddings. There was one when we were there, but it did not affect the service we received, except that they were a bit overwhelmed at breakfast time with so many people arriving in the dining room at the same time. One other slight quibble - the website says 'real ales' are available but when we were there only one real ale was available on one night and none on the other.
This all sounds quite critical, but overall we enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it.
Good weather good views great hotel
We booked a short weekend last minute and The Old Mill had a cancellation.
What a weekend
Really hot days a great Garden to sit in and enjoy.
The waterwheel is very tranquil.It was so hot the river started to dry up-but that didnt spoil the views and the relaxing feeling of calm we enjoyed.
They did Have a large wedding on the Saturday night but we were made aware of it prior to booking.It didnt spoil our day in fact we enjoyed seeing the hotel in all its glorry with ballons confetie flowers all looking its best for the Bridge and groom.
Its a great location
and one of a very few hotels that have staff that care about there job and the customers.
OK but kind of small
The hotel was easy to find and when we first arrived, parking wasn't a problem. Check-in was smooth and the staff friendly.
The view along the river to the toll bridge was picturesque and the mill wheel and fountain added to the pleasant surroundings of the hotel.
When we got to the room we were surprised at how small it was. We were staying in the Lodge and not in the main hotel itself. The room was small anyway and they had put in twin beds pushed together to make a huge double bed which left very little space in the remainder of the room. As we were only staying for a couple of nights it was bearable but much longer and it would have been difficult with more luggage etc.
Breakfast the first morning was delicious although there were no pastries or croissants as mentioned in the menu in the room. The second morning, there were croissants but the poached egg on toast I had was drowned in vinegar and I couldn't eat any of it except for the yolk with some of the other toast that had been brought to us when we arrived for breakfast.
Parking was not easy. The carpark was small and manouvering around it was not easy - especially when it was full.
The walk in to Bath was 45 minutes along the river but as we got there quite late the first evening and spent the day at Longleat Safari park the second day we were able to drive into Bath and park for free in the evenings. The Roman Baths are open until 10pm throughout the summer and we saw the other main tourist attractions also.
Not bad value for money but I don't think we'll be going back again.
Wow Bargain break
Ive just experienced my First bargain of 2006.
I booked one of these deals you see in the paper many of which you think are too good to be true.
My Sister and I wanted to come to Bath for a shopping spree as we women do!.
We chose the Old Mill as it was advertising £35 per person mid week inc breakfast lunch and dinner !!
We arrived with a little trepadation ,Checked in promtly and with a great smile from a young lady.We continued to have a nice relaxing bar snack lunch watching life go by.Had a fantastic 3 course dinner and coffee followed by one of our best years shopping in Bath.
Nothing was too much trouble every member of staff had a smile on their face ,which In january especially isnt seen very often with the Winter blues etc.
All I can say is if you want a bargain and I mean a bargain keep an eye on the Old Mill its a great location great food great staff .
My sister and I are deffinalty comming back -we may even bring the husbands ans theres a golf course near by!!!!.I hope the Old Mill doesnt mind but I forgot my camera Take a look at the pic I dloaded from their site .This is where we stayed fantastic isnt it!!! Hope you enjoy it!:)
Mrs Jane Simpson
Relaxing and pleasant
We stayed at the Old Mill for 2 days as a qucik break beofre Xmas.
It is ideally located 2 miles from the City.
The food is excellent with Inventive Daily specials ,The Restaurant Staff make the Restaurant feel personal and welcoming to all of its guests.
WE really enjoyed our stay and will be back again in a years time.
WEll done to all the hardworking staff who make this Hotel a Friendly welcoming Hotel in Bath.
Mr And Mrs Jenkins
Food For Thought
We Booked a 3 day break at the Old Mill In September after seeing their Advert in The Times ,All I can say is what a Deal 3 nights for £99 and only 2 miles outside Bath.
The food and service was excellent at all times of the Day,The Staff are excellent helping you in every way they can and always made us feel welcome.
The Old Mill is excellent as a base to travel to the city centre or just to sit in their Garden and watch the Ducks and life carry on bye!
We will certainly be back.
Mr And Mrs Fernandeze (london)
The food was excellent and the staff very friendly.
The setting is tranquill and my wife spotted her first Kingfisher while we sat eating breakfast.
A very good base to visit Bath and surrounding areas.Take the boats from below the Weir into Bath -Poulteney Bridge.
There was a wedding being held in the function rooms during our stay,which seemed to go off very well. With no disturbance to fellow guests.
As we booked late there were only Lodge rooms available-not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia. Perhaps a window cleaner should call more frequently to the dining rooms and bar facing the river.