Three Abbey Green Bed and Breakfast in the Centre of Bath Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:34:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tis the season… Sun, 07 Dec 2014 15:34:54 +0000 …to shop.

At this time of year, it pays to gird yourself with a written list, a full stomach, lots of easily removable layers, a bottle of water and some deep breaths, before engaging in that most festive of full-contact sports: Christmas shopping. It’s not for the faint-hearted; but if you shop smarter, not harder, it can be a rewarding experience – especially if you drop in one or two treats for yourself along the way!

I have often been described as a woman who ‘shops like a man’. If I don’t see something at least akin to what I’m looking for on my first cursory circuit of the shop, I’m back out the door and on to the next one before you can say “Does my bum look big in this?”. Not for me the endless browsing, rummaging or buying twice as much as I need because “I can’t decide which one she’d like best; I’ll just get both and choose later…”. Oh no. That way lies madness, and besides: who has the time these days?

As budgets got tighter and time got shorter, I decided long ago to embrace my nature and get tactical. If I don’t know what I’m looking for, I don’t go shopping. Forward planning is key. Sometimes the universe makes life immeasurably easier by presenting the ideal gift before you even start planning the campaign, in which case, snap it up like a shot – who needs to know you bought it in Tesco two months ago when all you went in for was a loaf of bread? But sadly, life is not always so kind, and that’s where the planning bit comes in handy.

Whenever inspiration strikes, write it down. Chances are if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up with about a dozen ideas for one person and only one or two for everyone else; but even one is better than that frantic Christmas Eve panic-purchase (hands up; we’ve all been there…).

Once you have an idea of who you’re shopping for and what you want to get for them, the next step is considering where best to find something unique and memorable for each of those special people in your life. Finding the ‘wow factor’ isn’t always easy, but that’s why so many people come to Bath to shop. Aside from all our lovely independent shops and boutiques, we have the magical Bath Christmas Market.

With a full eight days remaining before the market ends, there’s still plenty of time to pick up the perfect gift. But don’t delay; one stallholder advises: “Don’t assume that if you wait til the end of the market, you’ll get a bargain. It’s always busy and everything will sell, so grab what you want when you see it!”

The Bath Christmas Market website has the full list of stalls indexed and categorised according to what they sell: Catering (make way for the mulled wine!), Ceramics and Glassware, Charity, Childrens, Clothing and Accessories, Decorations, Food and Drink, Gifts, Home and Garden, Jewellery; and there’s even a ‘Pop Up’ chalet selling a little bit of everything. All around the market you will find signposts listing the name and location of every chalet, so you can put a bit more tactical planning to use and make sure that however busy it is, the crowds don’t get the better of you.

The market is also a great way to buy local. Here are some picks to help you do just that…

Bath Aqua Glass Ltd. (chalet 14) The iconic aqua-coloured Bath glass in all manner of lovely items, including Chirstmas baubles and icicles – it feels like stepping into a scene from Disney’s Frozen!

Charity: Chalet 69 plays host to a different charity each day of the market, so make sure you drop by and show your support!

Up to Seven (chalet 43) a well-known and loved Bath boutique selling handmade childrens and baby clothes, made in Bath. Keep a little one warm with one of their iconic strawberry hats – so cute!

Mild West Heroes (chalet 68) sell an eclectic range of hand printed organic cotton and bamboo t-shirts, designed by west country artists.

Wiltshire Beekeeper (chalet 153) selling a unique natural range of honey-based products including skin care and craft gifts as well as edibles – all honey sourced from Wiltshire bees.

K.A.T (chalet 129) A Gloucestershire based aromatherapy company selling bath melts, essences, soaps and creams of bespoke quality at affordable prices.

Rostra Gallery (chalet 92) specialises in limited edition prints and original paintings, sculpture, ceramics, craft, papercut and jewellery. Affordable, contemporary artwork to suit all budgets.

Silver Shed (chalet 159) locally made jewellery and whimsical works of wearable art inspired by folklore and fairytales.

I guarantee you will be spoilt for choice, so don’t waste anymore time! And if you’ve already been, send us a picture of your favourite purchase and we”l share it on Twitter @3AbbeyGreen!




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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:20:45 +0000 …everywhere you go. And we all know what that means! That’s right folks: the lights are up, the cobbled streets of Bath are cordoned off and filling up with mysterious little chalets full of hidden delights – it’s almost time for the Bath Christmas Market!

The market opens this Thursday 27th November, and runs for a total of eighteen days until Sunday 14th December, so you’ll have plenty of time to take it all in. This years market promises to be every bit as magical as years past, with many independent local retailers taking stalls to showcase the best of Bath, as well as the time-honoured assortment of stallholders from far and wide, who return each year to offer us their exotic delights.

Opening times will be as follows throughout the markets eighteen day run:
Monday to Wednesday – 10am to 7pm
Thursday – 10am to 8pm
Friday and Saturday – 10am to 9pm
Sunday – 10am to 6pm

My advice is to get out there bright and early as it’s always busier than you expect! That also leaves you plenty of time to have a leisurely lunch, mull over any potential purchases you’re not sure about, and even have a wander around the rest of the city sights before diving back into the fray.

And there’s so much to see! Every year the market gets a bit bigger, as you can see from the map below. Visit the Christmas Market website to take a closer look, download a copy of the map for your reference and study the index – it’s a great way to pick out the stalls you know you don’t want to miss. It’s all about strategic planning!

marketI myself will be making a beeline for:

Paper High (chalet no.3): notebooks, journals and photo albums in fairtrade and handmade paper, bound in a jewel-toned spectrum of sari fabrics and silks. Just the ticket for any fellow scribblers out there!

Dream Blue Trading Company (chalet no.23): fresh from the Grand Bazaar, an array of hand-painted ceramics, sumptuous textiles and even tasty Turkish Delight. Rekindling fond memories of Istanbul – that reminds me, I need a holiday…

Shobla Trading (chalet no.98): right outside the guest house, this shining selection of handmade silver jewellery is a daily temptation for me every year – they know me by name!

Snowdonia Cheese Company (chalet no. 94): if you ask me, you can’t have a Christmas hamper without at least one brightly coloured waxed truckle of cheese – whether you prefer a fiery mature cheddar with chilli, or a creamy Wensleydale with apricot, you’ll find something to tempt you – for me, it’s a taste of home…

Chou Chou Nuts Over You (chalet number A, J & I) no visit to the market would be complete without something tasty to munch on as you wander around – and it doesn’t get much more Christmassy than a bag of tasty caramelised roast nuts. Mouthwatering!

Let us know your own top picks for the market and share your best buys – tweet @3AbbeyGreen or drop us a line!


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It’s not that easy being green… Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:40:44 +0000 When green is all there is to be,
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder?
Why wonder, I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful!
And I think it’s what I want to be.

We do our best here at Three Abbey Green, to be as green as we possibly can. We are always looking to make positive changes, to be eco-friendly and reduce our impact on the environment. Here are a few of the ways we are doing our bit:

Bio-D Cleaning Products We have recently switched to using eco-friendly, biodegradeable cleaning products throughout the house. Bio-D are a British company who specialise in producing cleaning solutions and accessories from sustainable sources, with minimal environmental impact. They smell rather nice too!

Dispenser Toiletries Rather than provide miniature soaps and shower gels, which use more packaging and can go to waste if only partly used, all our bathrooms are fitted with dispenser bottles of liquid handwash and hair and body wash. We have also recently acquired some samples from a small Bath-based company – more news on this soon!

Towels Though we are happy to provide our lovely guests with as many towels as you could wish for, we only put out one bath and one hand towel per guest, in order to minimise the waste of laundering towels that might not have been used. But if you need more, just ask! We’re happy to oblige.

Boiler and Heating Our state of the art eco-friendly boiler, rated A+ for energy efficiency, was installed in 2013. We had to close for a few days as it was rather cold while the work was taking place, but we think it was worth it: we’re toasty warm now! All our radiators have individual thermostatic controls, so no heat is wasted, and in addition, we keep our water heated constantly, to avoid spikes in energy consumption that would result from having to reheat the tank.

Lights We have recessed spotlights in bathrooms and common areas all over the guest house; as the high-energy halogen bulbs reach the end of their life we are replacing them with energy-saving LED alternatives; just as bright and welcoming, but much kinder to the planet – and longer lasting.

Recycling Thanks to the Bath BID partnership with SITA trade waste and recycling, we are now able to recycle the vast majority of our household waste. You can help during your stay by rinsing out recyclable containers and placing them next to the bin in your room – we will make sure they get recycled too.

Public Transport Also thanks to the Bath BID (they do good work!), we have helped several of our staff save money on bus passes – meaning fewer cars on the road and less pollution! We also encourage our guests to travel to Bath by train or bus if possible: partly to help the environment, but just as importantly, to save you the stress of driving. Holidays are about relaxation after all!

Breakfast We source our fresh fruit and veg from a local wholesaler and all our jams are made from local, seasonal produce. We serve local apple juice instead of orange juice, though we still offer fresh oranges in the fruit bowl, and homemade marmalade. This distinction is important to us for several reasons: the oranges we source are from Europe, whereas most orange juice is made from Florida or California oranges – more ‘food miles’ means more carbon emissions. It takes 2-3 oranges to make one glass of juice, and making orange juice leaves all the pulp to go to waste; fresh fruit and marmalade use the whole fruit.

As Three Abbey Green is a Grade 2 Listed building, any larger changes we might make are limited by Heritage Protection guidelines – we have no wish to damage what gives the house its beauty and character. However, we are always working within these guidelines to balance the history of the house with the comfort of our guest, and some improvements have been made. The roof has been fully insulated; coupled with the building’s very thick walls that makes it much more economical to heat. We have also had all our windows renovated in keeping with their original design, to exclude draughts and retain as much warmth in the rooms as possible.

We’d love to know what you think of our ongoing efforts to keep Three Abbey Green, green – use the contact form to drop us a line, or have a chat when you come to stay. Let’s be green together!

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After a good dinner… Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:57:46 +0000 …one can forgive anybody – even one’s own relations” – Oscar Wilde.

Mr. Wilde had the right idea, I think – and I’d wager the organisers of the Great Bath Feast would agree. If you follow us on Twitter – @3AbbeyGreen – you will know that the Great Bath Feast has been well under way since the start of October. But while the central pavilion is gone, the feast itself, with all its tasty temptations, is still going strong. Here’s a sample of what’s in store, to whet your appetite for the final week:

  • Saturday 25th October: Partake in an authentic Persian Feast at Simi’s Kitchen. Regular readers and return visitors to Three Abbey Green may recognise the name, as Simi makes all the delicious jams we serve at breakfast. As part of the Great Bath Feast, Simi invites you to an informal cookery workshop where you will prepare and enjoy a delicious array of traditional Persian foods. Two sessions are available to book, 10am-2pm for the early birds and 5pm-9pm for the night owls. Tickets cost £60.
  • Sunday 26th October: High Tea with the Thoughtful Bread Company. From midday to 5.30pm the shopfront and bakery school at the Thoughtful Bread Co. will be transformed for one final time into “a laid back tea room offering a High Tea to remember!” With a sumptuous menu covering everything from rarebits to gravlax to mini Bath Buns, along with a selection of tempting teas and coffees, it’s advised that you book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out.
  • Monday 27th October: Social Cinema at Yammo! Come along from 7pm to enjoy some “light-hearted, fun Italian films” in a sociable, relaxed setting at Yammo! Sip a delicious cocktail or two, nibble on a selection of delicious stuzzichini (Italian appetizers and canapes), and see where the evening takes you. Tickets cost £15 and must be booked in advance.
  • Friday 31st October: Hot Dog Hurdles at The Cork. If trick-or-treating isn’t your thing, experience a different kind of mayhem in this hot dog eating relay race! First heat begins at 6pm, tickets cost £8 for a team of up to eight, and the victors will win a £100 bar tab to wash down all those tasty sausages. It sure beats bobbing for apples!

There are a host of other delicious events to come between now and the end of the Feast, so don’t hang about! Snap up one of our few remaining rooms and get ready to eat hearty. I’ll see you at the table!


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Keep the home fires burning… Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:14:00 +0000 “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

So British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey is said to have observed, on the eve of Britains entry into the Great War of 1914 to 1918. This year sees the centenary of the commencement of that conflict. On the night of 4th August 2014, a candlelit vigil service was held in Bath Abbey, inspired by Grey’s famous remark. With candles extinguished one by one during the service, until the last was put out at 11pm – the exact moment of Britain’s ultimatum to Germany – it was a moving commemoration. As the choir filed out of the abbey in darkness, singing ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, it was no great stretch of the imagination to picture the procession of brave boys who set out to serve their country and never came home again.

Throughout the rest of the year, venues all over Bath will continue to pay tribute to those who served, with a variety of concerts and events of remembrance. Here are some highlights:

WW1 Remembered is a free exhibition at the Bath Central Library. Described as “a collection of memories and artifacts from Bath and North East Somerset, that brings to light some of the unique histories of the residents who served in uniform and on the home front”, this is a unique opportunity to view a global event through its effect on a single community, and explore the ways in which it shaped the city and its people. The collection includes a digital portrait of ‘the last fighting Tommy’ – Bath resident Harry Patch, the longest surviving British veteran of the trenches of the First World War, who passed away in 2009 aged 111. The exhibition is open daily from 9.30am (1pm on Sundays) and admission is free to all.

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is hosting a symposium anLATEST-great war symposium 2014d exhibition on the 17th – 19th October, entitled The Great War: Responses and Reactions – The Cultural, Artistic and Social Legacy. This promises to be a fascinating and in-depth discussion of the impact of the Great War on all aspects of British life – a great opportunity for discussion whether your interest in the subject is general or academic.

As mentioned in our previous post, Thursday 30th October sees the World Premiere of The Cool Web: a Robert Graves Oratorio, at Bath Abbey. Graves’ poetry, and his wartime memoir Goodbye to All That, have remained in print since their original publication – such is the impact and relevance of his writing. Graves enlisted early in the war, serving with the Royal Welch Fusiliers and taking a grievous wound at the Battle of the Somme. He was also instrumental in the meeting of renowned fellow war poets Siegfried Sassoon (Graves’ friend and fellow officer) and Wilfred Owen. Tickets for the concert cost between £10 and £30 and can be obtained from the Bath Box Office.

My last pick ties together the First World War centenary and a familiar cultural highlight of the season, the Bath Mozart Fest.  Amelia Freedman, Mozart Fest artistic director, explains: “An innovative strand in this year’s programming marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with poetry from the period, read by the esteemed actor Samuel West, and an Armistice Day recital of songs on the general subject of war.”

Both events are part of the festival’s Lunchtime Series. Taking place at 1pm on Sunday 9th November at the Assembly Rooms, In Pale Battalions is a poetry reading by Samual West, featuring the works of poets who served in and were otherwise affected by the ‘war to end all wars’. And at 1pm on Armistice Day itself, 11th November, the Myrthen Ensemble – a vocal quartet with piano accompaniment – perform a program of Anthems for a Doomed Youth. Songs by diverse composers from across Europe and Russia, ranging from Schuber to Mussorgsky to Britten, explore the theme of war and its victims.Tickets for both concerts are £10.00-£18.00 from the Bath Box Office.

The 24th annual Bath Mozart Fest will run from the 7th – 15th November this year, with a packed calendar of musical performances by leading soloists and ensembles. Though Mozart is of course the main attraction, his work is not the only music on offer. The festival aims to provide a greater depth of appreciation for Mozart’s music by placing it in context.

Beginning with performances incorporating Mozart’s friend and contemporary Haydn, and Haydn’s famous pupil, Beethoven, through the course of the festival many of Mozart’s beloved works will be presented alongside those of other heavy hitters of the Viennese Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods. Mozart Fest 2014 promises to be a sumptuous musical tapestry patterned with the music of Schubert and Schumann, Dvořák and Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Debussy and Shostakovich; and of course, the man himself. I can’t wait! Book yourself a room at Three Abbey Green and I’ll see you there!

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Save 20% off your stay! Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:09:52 +0000 Book a stay (minimum two nights with standard occupancy) in the accommodation of your choice at Three Abbey Green during the autumn or winter (Sunday – Thursday) and receive a discount of 20% on the cost of your stay. Quote ‘20% off’ when booking. To take advantage of this offer, click here or follow the ‘Book Now’ link at the top of the page.


Applicable to new bookings only, and must be requested at time of booking.

Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal.

Booking can include Friday and Saturday, but no discount will be applied to these days and they cannot be part of the minimum stay calculation.

Offer can be used on all our accommodation.

Offer available for from November 2nd through to March 5th, excluding the Christmas market, 27th Dec – 1st January inclusive and February half term.

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Extend your weekend! Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Ever thought you would like your weekend to start early? Or having such a good time you don’t want it to end? This autumn and winter you can make this happen with our help. Book a weekend break at Three Abbey Green for three nights and have the third night half price! Quote ‘Winter Weekend’ when booking. To take advantage of this offer, click here or follow the ‘Book Now’ link at the top of the page.


Applicable to new bookings only, and must be requested at time of booking.

Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other deal.

Third night must be a Thursday or a Sunday, booked with a full price Friday and Saturday night stay.

Offer can be used on all our accommodation.

Offer available for any weekend from November 6th through to March 1st, excluding the Christmas market and the Sunday/Thursday of February half term.

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The Lantern of the West… Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:02:25 +0000 No visit to Bath would be complete without at least a brief glimpse inside the beautiful Bath Abbey, dubbed ‘the lantern of the West’ for its masses of clear glazed windows, from which blazes forth a warm and inviting light as the evenings start to draw in.

The Abbey is open to visitors daily until 6pm. Admission is free of charge, though donations are encouraged and are used to fund a variety of aspects of the Abbey’s upkeep and ministry. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb 212 spiral steps and treat yourself to a unique view of the city of Bath by taking a tour of the tower. Tower tours operate every hour on the hour, from 10am to 4pm, and take around 45 minutes, in which time you will get to visit the bell-ringing chamber and see the bells themselves, and take a seat behind the great clock face to catch your breath.

With three resident choirs and links to others all over Europe, music is a crucial part of life at Bath Abbey, and visitors are always welcome to attend regular choral services. There is also a full and varied calendar of concerts and recitals featuring local and visiting choirs and musicians, the next of which is this Saturday 27th September, in which Bath Male Choir and Treorchy Male choir join forces under the leadership of local choirmaster Grenville Jones. Tickets are available from Bath Box Office.

Upcoming concerts will include the world première of The Cool Web : A Robert Graves Oratorio and The Edith Cavell Story on 30th October, a major event in the Abbey’s year-long program of events to mark the Centenary of the Commencement of the First World War. The Cool Web is an original work by local composer and librettist Jools Scott and Sue Curtis, using the wartime poems of Robert Graves; and the Edith Cavell Story tells the life of the heroic WWI nurse, adapted from Diana Souhami’s biography.

Keep an eye on the Bath Abbey website or Bath Box Office for details of other concerts and events – indulge your eyes and ears! And make the most of your visit by booking a room at Three Abbey Green.

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When the autumn weather turns leaves to flame… Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:45:43 +0000 We haven’t time for the waiting game – there’s just too much to do!

If the kids are grumbling about going back to school, bring them along to the Bath Childrens Literature Festival and kindle a love of reading that should make homework-related struggles a thing of the past. Run in partnership with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the festival has been a going strong since it was established in 2007 by Bath-based childrens publishers Gill and John McLay. The largest dedicated children’s book festival in the UK, with over 80 ticketed events, the Telegraph Bath Childrens Literature Festival is sure to offer something to fire the imaginations of kids big and small.

For the second year running, this year the festival welcomes acclaimed childrens author David Almond as guest Artistic Director. Almond says: “This great festival celebrates the fact that children’s literature sits right at the heart of our culture. It’s a real thrill and honour to be asked to be guest artistic director”.

The festival opens on Friday 26th September at 5pm with The Big, Big, Bath Book Quiz at the Guildhall. For ages 7-and-up, kids can enter in teams of one to three and show off their book smarts. Tickets cost just £6 each.  Throughout its ten day run the festival hosts a range of talks, workshops and readings for all age groups, each of which aims “to entertain children and to enthuse them about reading”. Click here for a full schedule of events.

When the school holidays end, those who aren’t absorbed in the ‘back to school’ rush will likely be sighing with relief as peace begins to reign once more. With at least a few weeks of good weather still on the cards, this is a great time to treat yourself to a quiet few days away. End of season bargains in all of Baths lovely shops, autumn colour rioting across our beautiful parks and gardens, afternoon tea and early evening cocktails – if these are a few of your favourite things then make the most of them and grab yourself a grown-up getaway!

If you consider shopping to be a recreational activity it its own right, take a breather between pounding the pavements with a little civility in the form of afternoon tea.

Grab a cream tea at The Boston Tea Party. A homemade scone (baked onsite daily) with cornish clotted cream & strawberry jam, with loose leaf English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Darjeeling tea will cost you just £4.50. And you should see the size of those scones!

Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms offer a traditional Afternoon Tea served on a tiered cake stand, with a selection of finger sandwiches, a buttermilk scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream, homemade cake and loose leaf English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea for £14.95; or High Tea, also £14.95, which includes any dish from the lunch menu, plus a cheese scone, a slice of fruit cake and loose leaf English Breakfast tea. Delicious!

The Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre has a full menu of Austen-themed afternoon tea options, from The Dashwood’s Tea at £5.90 – a toasted tea cake served with butter and strawberry jam, plus a tea of your choice – right up to Champagne Tea with Mr. Darcy:  £26.50 per person (or £49.95 for two), gives you a selection of finger sandwiches, a warm scone served with Dorset clotted cream, locally sourced seasonal and strawberry jam, a selection of cakes, tea or coffee of your choice and your own 20cl bottle of Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne for one or a 37.5cl bottle for 2. Go on, treat yourself…

When the day is done and all you want to do is kick back and relax (and admire all your lovely new purchases, am I right ladies?), why not do it with a glass of something special in your hand? ArtBar at the Abbey Hotel (just around the corner from Three Abbey Green!) boasts an amazing range of cocktails as well and speciality whiskies and gins – just the ticket for a little grown up indulgence. And if you want to try whipping up your own alcoholic masterpiece, you can take a Cocktail Masterclass!

Lots of the speciality liquors served at the ArtBar can also be purchased at Independent Spirit of Bath, “Bath’s finest purveyor of all things booze related”. If you’re looking to try something new, Indie Spirit offer tasting sessions for everything from single malt Scotch to micro-brewery beers. Their next event is a tequila tasting on 26th September, promising a taste of the best Mexican spirits on the market – tickets cost £20. We have some great last minute ‘hot deals’ on our website to help you make the most of a little time away – so don’t delay, book a room and indulge yourself – you deserve it!

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And now, the news… Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:34:13 +0000 Summer is always a busy time in Bath and at Three Abbey Green – and this year is no exception! With all sorts of happenings, from new arrivals to a look ahead at September, here are the news headlines:

Welcome Flora! Those of you who follow us on Twitter, @3abbeygreen, may have spotted a very brief welcome message announcing the appointment of our new Assistant Manager, Flora. Since she joined us in June, Flora has become an invaluable part of the Three Abbey Green family, so we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about her.

floraFlora moved to Bath 8 years ago from Budapest, Hungary, to study at Bath Spa University and to pursue a career in the tourism and cultural industry. Having excelled in her studies, she went on to work in a number of different organisations, including the National Trust, the S.S. Great Britain in Bristol and Bath & North-East Somerset Council. Flora says “both my boyfriend, who also works in a local hotel, and I have always worked hard towards the goals we have set in our careers as well as in our personal lives.”

Flora came to Three Abbey Green from the Windsor guest house, where she enjoyed her work as a Duty Manager. “However,” she explains, “I felt that the career pathway offered to me by Three Abbey Green was an excellent opportunity. I have been working here for almost three months now and I truly enjoy being part of a lovely team and working place. I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to my future and the challenges it will bring.” As are we, Flora. Welcome to the team!

New Leaflet – next time you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to pick up a copy! Designed to our specifications by local graphic designer Dermot Rushe, we think it really represents what Three Abbey Green is all about: elegance, comfort and a warm welcome.

Dermot is an experienced graphic designer/art director with a rich history of working for some of the biggest magazine publishing companies in the UK. Keen to work with new people on exciting projects large or small, we think Dermot has done a wonderful job on our new leaflet – so if you have a project in mind, drop him an email at or contact us for a reference. Thanks Dermot!

Jane Austen Festival. Since it looks like this good ol’ British weather may well wash away what’s left of August, let’s lift our spirits with a look ahead to next month and one of the highlights of September in Bath, the Jane Austen Festival. This year’s festival commences at noon on Friday 12th September, with a talk at the Theatre Royal by Jo Baker, author of Longbourn, the story of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as seen through the eyes and lives of the Bennet family household servants.

The ten-day festival boasts a full and varied programme of events, including the famous Grand Regency Costumed Promenade through the streets of Bath on Saturday 13th September. Whether you’re stepping out to be seen in your Georgian finery or watching from the sidelines, it’s a true spectacle. The Promenade will begin at 10am at the Assembly Rooms with an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency Costumes. Don’t miss it!

And Finally... Our brochure isn’t the only thing getting a makeover this season – we have decided to give our beautiful Grade 2 Listed guest house a little extra TLC. So if you’re coming to stay with us in September please be aware that there will be scaffolding in place throughout the month to allow our decorators to repaint window frames and surrounds.

The comfort of our guests is always our primary concern, so we want to assure you that disturbances will be kept to an absolute minimum – work will be undertaken only between 9am and 5pm and our decorators, who have done lots of work for us in the past, are both quiet and discreet – you will barely know they’re there! That said, we know that our lovely Georgian building is a large part of what draws many of you to stay with us, and we know it will not be looking its very best externally while festooned with scaffolding. So we are offering all guests who book to stay with us during September a 10% discount on their stay – just quote ‘Autumn Special’ when you make your booking. We can’t wait to see you!

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