I was really looking forward to staying at Hoseasons Bath Mill Lodge retreat after hearing good things about it. A little bit of research and I found a good price, so we booked for the last weekend in the Easter Holidays.
Hoseasons Bath Mill Lodge has just 64 holiday lodges on site and is located just on the outskirts of Bath. It takes around ten minutes to drive into Bath City centre, or around five minutes to the nearest park and ride.
We had booked a pet friendly Pemberley lodge which sleeps up to four people in a two bedroom lodge. This was booked via Hoseasons / Darwin Escapes. As we arrived at 3.30pm, we decided to check in early and then we could wait in the sunshine if our lodge wasn’t ready.
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When we drive up the driveway to Bath Mill Lodge retreat we felt as though we were leaving the hustle and bustle and entering a calm environment. The restaurant and bar, reception and gym is a quaint area next to a lovely babbling brook.
As we walked in, we had a lovely welcome along with a glass of pink fizz. Very welcome after a long drive, and a lovely touch. Our lodge was ready so we were given the barrier code, and our key inside a cute little tin that Abby was really chuffed with. It was a touch I have never come across before, but certainly got a good reaction.
Pemberley Lodge at Bath Mill
As we drove up the hill to our lodge, we found that we had ample space outside for our car. It’s a one car space so additional cars would be left near the entrance in the car parking area there.
As I mentioned we took Lola on our weekend break to Bath with us, so we had booked a pet friendly lodge. After staying in a pet friendly caravan in Doniford Bay a few years ago, I was trying not to compare before I walked in.
Our patio area had a gate to keep Lola in which again was an amazing touch. Walking in the front door, we entered the open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge space. This was a good size space, and first impressions were that it was sparkly clean.
There was even a little dog treat and bowls for Lola which was brilliant. We continued to find lots of lovely little touches through our lodge that we really weren’t expecting.
The Pemberley Lodge had a double bedroom with en suite bathroom including shower, and a twin bedroom. There was a main bathroom which contained a bath and shower. The twin bedroom had a walk in cupboard / wardrobe which was ample space, but the great find was in the main bedroom.
Next to the dressing table area in the bedroom, a space I wasn’t expecting to find, was a walk in cupboard with wardrobe space. This doubled as housing the boiler behind another cupboard door and was home to the ironing board and broom. It was a huge space and a very welcome one.
The kitchen area had everything we could possible need for a self catering stay, including a wine fridge! That made me smile, another little touch we just weren’t expecting to find.
Being pet friendly, I was convinced I would find some stray hairs, or even a hint of dog aroma but there was nothing. Hubby and I kept questioning each other just to make sure but we were so impressed.
Outside the lodge we had a decking area with table and chairs which came in very handy dug in our sunny weekend in Bath. This also meant Lola had free roam of the outside area and she was kept in by the gate at the front of the decking area.
Additional little touches in the lounge we found was a fake fire activated via a remote control. This didn’t generate any heat but it gave off such a cosy atmosphere it was brilliant,.
Facilities at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat
There was almost everything we could possibly need provided for us in the Pemberley Lodge, right down to shampoo and body wash. Towels were provided along with a full kitchen inventory, and samples of tea, coffee and sachets of milk.
Additional facilities across Bath Mill Lodge included free wifi for up to four devices. There was an option to upgrade to Premium wifi if we wanted to. We found the wifi to be average depending on the time of day we were using it. When everyone else was using it, we found it to be quite slow and often resorted to using our 4G signal instead.
Bath Mill Lodge Brook Bar and Restaurant
The Brook Bar and Restaurant on site at Bath Mill Lodge is open to the public, and we had already decided to eat there on our arrival evening. I enquired at check in as to whether we needed to book and were told it was advisable.
As we arrived for our meal it became apparent as to why we should book a table as the restaurant is quite small considering there are 64 lodges at Bath Mill Lodge, and the potential for non site guests making reservations.
The menu on offer provided a good choice and we all really enjoyed our food. Everything was well cooked and we would definitely eat there again in the future should we be passing by. Abby opted for a pizza and I knew she wouldn’t be able to finish it, but it was no trouble from the staff to box the remaining up for us. Perhaps a pizza takeaway would be a good option for the future?
Out and About
We used Bath Mill Lodge as a base for the weekend as we spent time in Bath. However the time we spent at the lodge was lovely. We either spent time relaxing in our lodge, or on the patio in the sunshine. We also took Lola to the patio area next to the restaurant for a drink and a water bowl for Lola was provided very quickly.
If you’re looking for pubs near Bath Mill Lodge retreat then the two nearest are The Globe or the Locksbrook Inn. To be honest though Brook Bar and Bistro on site had everything we needed.
The best way we discovered to get from Bath Mill Lodge retreat to Bath City centre was via Odd Down park and ride. It’s a five minute drive in light traffic and has a large parking area. This was much easier than driving into Bath itself and trying to park in the busy city centre car parks.
As Bath Mill Lodge is quite close to everything around you, once we had our bearings we realised just how close we were to amenities around us. There is a Sainsburys around ten minutes away, a pub down the road and much more.
We decided on a takeaway on the Saturday evening, and a quick internet search and we had found a local takeaway to order from.
Staying at Bath Mill Lodge makes you feel as though you are away from everything, surrounded by trees and birds chirping. It provided an amazing weekend of relaxation and I would love to return again in the future.