Holly Villa , a heartbeat away from Roman and Georgian Bath .
No other guesthouse has a better location than Holly Villa . Quietly situated , yet only a 7 minute walk to the Roman Baths , shops and restaurants of the city centre , 8 minutes walk from the bus and rail stations and a 5 minute walk to the Kennet and Avon canal and glorious open countryside that is part of the National Trust Bath Skyline Walk.
Holly Villa is a mid 19C house built originally for a family able to afford 2 or 3 servants . The original kitchen to the house was in the basement and now forms part of the private living accommodation . The original dining room is still being used today with breakfast being served every morning to visitors from around the world . All of the original features , fireplace , cornices dado rails etc still survive and the room is furnished sympathetically . A cosy sitting room is provided for our guests to relax in after a hard day's sight seeing or practicing retail therapy ! alternatively, relax with a book in one of the secret corners of our pretty garden , on a warm summer afternoon . Breakfast at Holly Villa is not for the fainthearted , there is always a good choice of cereals, freshfruit salad or yoghurts , with a traditional English breakfast cooked as only Keith knows how, hot toast and lashings of fresh coffee or tea to keep you going all day, in fact we guarantee you won't feel hungry until at least 3 in the afternoon!
With the exception of one room all our bedrooms now have ensuite showers and toilets, rooms are also equipped with a hairdryer and radio alarms . To ensure a quiet relaxed atmosphere TV is in the sitting room for those addicts of Coronation Street who don't want to miss the next episode in the saga ! Each bedroom is beautifully decorated and colour co-ordinated , several rooms retain original features such as fireplaces or original decorative plasterwork , at the same time a lot of effort has gone into making rooms as comfortable as can be.
The garden at Holly Villa is a gem , not large but perfectly formed , with enough little nooks to settle in if you just want to savour the beautiful display of flowers on show from early Spring, through to late Autumn , even in Winter you will find primroses under the magnificent Holly tree from which the house takes its name , and snowdrops peeping out on the bleakest of winter days. Flowers grown in the garden include roses, impatiens, begonias large and small , geraniums in every colour from deep red to palest pink or snazzy mexicana striped ! cosmos , zinnias , asters, dahlias, and anything in fact that takes our fancy and pleases the eye . Over many years our garden has won numerous certificates in the Bath in Bloom competition , as part of the City's efforts in the Britain in Bloom competition.