What a find! Marlborough House was a last minute booking as we decided to take a long-promised trip to explore historic Bath, and a charming choice.
We stayed in the Victorian themed family room, which was lovely - and the superior King Size bed was the perfect place to rest our heads after a day spent zipping around the city.
Navigating our way around was made all the easier by Marlborough's affable owner Peter, who sat us down on arrival, and asked us what we wanted to see during our stay.
He showed us the 'local' routes to and from attractions and around town, arming us with a map, which he tailored to our trip. His knowledge was invaluable.
The attention to detail in the property itself was outstanding and everything was immaculate.
Marlborough House is less than a 10 minute walk away from the main historic centre of Bath, and it's a walk that takes you through beautiful Victoria Park, and past the famous Royal Crescent houses. A lovely introduction to the history that follows.
Although only there for one night, we spent hours snaking around investigating the side streets, and Bath's antique shops, and enjoyed an essential visit to the Roman Baths.
You'll need a couple of hours to take in the site, and to wonder at the history around you - it's a must-see.
We enjoyed a leisurely stroll across Pulteney Bridge - completed in 1774, it's one of only four bridges in the world playing host to shops for its full length.
Feeling in need of a little refreshment, we moved on to Sally Lunn's famous 'Eating House', one of the oldest properties in Bath, with the speciality Sally Lunn Bun - a generously sized sweet bun.
The recipe is a closely guarded secret, of course - it adds to the allure of the building and its menu.
When matched with jam and clotted cream the SLB made for a real taste sensation, but the Elizabeth sponge, teased with lavender, was devoured just as easily.
Making use of Peter's area knowledge, we had a great choice of vegetarian establishments to choose from for dinner, and the relatively new Indian Temptation won out.
Full marks for the best Thali we've had in as long as we can remember, from an inspired, spot-on menu.
Retiring to the hotel for a little late night TV and treats from the mini-bar, before getting some necessary shut-eye time.
Easing into the new day is a joy too - Breakfast begins with a wide choice of fresh fruit, cereal and yogurt to help yourself to, before Peter takes your cooked breakfast order. Choose from Vegetarian or Vegan options, and prepare to have your tastebuds tickled awake.
It was so nice having a choice, and not simply having to make do with the veggie option on a meat heavy menu, as is the case at so many establishments.
Both Bath and Marlborough House left a lasting impression.
Would we visit again? We're already planning the next visit...Christmas market, here we come!