Hubby and I have never stayed in a Bed and Breakfast before but when we were invited to Lorne House, Box just outside of Bath in Wiltshire we thought it would be a great opportunity to see what a B&B had to offer.
Lorne House is a beautiful historic building – where the author of Thomas the Tank Engine spent some childhood years – and it’s well situated and easy to find. It also has ample off street parking and an immediately welcoming atmosphere.
We’d requested a family room with a single bed for LP and a travel cot for Little Man and couldn’t have been more impressed with the room – it was beautiful and a lot nicer than many hotels we have stayed in. The bathroom had not only a really big bath but a wet room style shower too and complimentary toiletries.
The main bedroom had TV with freeview, a DVD player and many books for both us and the children as well as a beautifully stocked tea and coffee station. It couldn’t have been better!
Lorne House didn’t have a huge amount of communal space but the space it did have was lovely – a veranda/balcony with ample seating and an enclosed garden that the children loved exploring. There was also the dining room that you were able to use in the evening by request.
We were given keys to come and go as we please and the whole of Lorne House had a really lovely, homely atmosphere to it but with beautiful furnishings and lots of ways to help you make the most of your stay – tourist information, DVDs to borrow etc. We got the impression that they would do their best to help with any request.
Breakfast was perfect. With a great selection of cereals, fruit and cakes as well as any combination of cooked breakfast too and unlimited teas, coffee, toast and anything else you needed. They had highchairs and children’s crockery and cutlery too.
Lorne House was a beautiful place to stay and it was a shame to go home after just one night. We all slept really well and had a wonderful breakfast. The only small thing that I could improve our stay would have been if bed guards were supplied but it was easy enough to bring our own.
If you’re looking for a good base to explore Bath and the surrounding areas then Lorne House would be perfect. As a first Bed and Breakfast to stay in it has put the bar quite high for our future nights away!
Disclosure: We were invited to stay at Lorne House as part of the Approved Family Friendly assessment program and as always all opinions are my own.