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Milton House





Description:

A warm welcome awaits you at Milton Guest House, a Victorian villa only twelve minutes’ walk from the historic centre of Bath. Proprietors Geoff and Sue Evans offer quality accommodation in well-appointed guest rooms. All rooms are clean and comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms, TV/DVD and radio, hairdryer and tea-making facilities. Free WiFi is also available. There is unrestricted on-street parking outside the house.

Here are some of the things we offer at Milton House:

Full English breakfast.
Vegetarian diets catered for. Special diets by arrangement.
Tea/coffee making facilities in rooms.
Central heating throughout.
Free WiFi facilities (own laptop needed).
Electric shaver points.
TV/DVD, radio and hairdryer in bedrooms.
Book exchange.
Children over eight years welcome.
Easy walking distance from Bath city centre.
Golf course nearby.
Horse-riding a short drive away.
Excellent base for excursions to Wells, Glastonbury, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Bristol, etc.
Spanish spoken – Se habla español.



Location:

Milton House is in a suburb of Bath called Bear Flat, about twelve minutes’ walk from the centre. The Edwardian terraces leading down to the Wellsway are all named after poets – Milton, Kipling, Shakespeare, Shelley, Chaucer, Byron and Longfellow - and are known locally as Poets’ Corner. The area was originally the site of Holloway Farm but was developed in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, when many of the skilled workers and artisans in the industries which flourished at the time lived here. Milton House was built for the two Misses Butler - residents of Holloway Farm - in 1899, and the adjoining shop was a dairy. The cows were driven from their pasture down Milton Avenue for milking in the cowsheds which stood where our neighbour’s garages are now. The walk into the city centre is a pleasant stroll down Holloway (pictured left) past the chapel of St Mary Magdalen. The chapel was originally built in about 1100 AD, rebuilt in 1495 and restored in the 18th century. Just below it, the small stone house was once a leper hospital. Above Holloway is Beechen Cliff, described by Jane Austen in ‘Northanger Abbey’ as ‘That noble hill whose beautiful verdure and hanging coppice render it so striking an object from almost every opening in Bath’. On top of Beechen Cliff, reached by steep wooded pathways from Holloway (or via the avenues of Poets’ Corner) is Alexandra Park, from where there are panoramic views of Bath.

Our local pub – The Bear - has a long history. In the times of horse transport, it was a busy hostelry, serving to rest and water the horses after the steep climb up the hill. It was also famous as a venue for boxing matches, but there is no evidence, despite its name, that it was ever the scene of bear-baiting. Unfortunately, the original Bear and surrounding shops were bombed in the Second World War, and the 1950s rebuild is not so pleasing. However, our local shops include two small supermarkets, a delicatessen, a chemist, a barber, a hairdresser, two estate agents, a flower shop and the headquarters and gallery of the Royal Photographic Society, as well as the Bear pub, a bistro and an Indian restaurant.

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