November Newsletter- Have a very Bath Christmas

It’s been a wonderful past month here at Villa Magdala with all things foodie and wonderful happening throughout October due to the Great Bath Feast. We enjoyed serving our award winning breakfast as part of the Great Bath Breakfast, and if you didn’t catch any of the events this time year we would highly recommend going next year and teaming it up with a stay with us of course!

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Christmas is only around the corner, and although people don’t usually like to talk about anything Christmassy until December 1st, we would love to just express how lovely Bath is during the run up to Christmas. Although Bath is a fantastic place for Christmas shopping it just has this magical air around the tiny cobbled streets, nooks and crannies of the streets and surrounding the stunning architecture.

The infamous Bath Christmas Market fills the main square with lights and gift offerings next to the Abbey which sits near the Fudge shop which will be handing out their handmade mulled wine late every thursday complimentary. The smells from the Pretzel, cheese and gingerbread house sellers just bring smiles to everyone’s faces. We still have a few rooms available over the christmas market period from Thursday 28th November – Sunday 15th December 2013. As it’s one of the most popular times to visit Bath we expect these will be filled very soon, so if you would like to visit do head over and book now.

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Our Favourite Shopping spots this year would have to be Grasse, December 25th and Charlotte Brunswick.   Grasse on 3 Argyle St features very very special homeware pieces with all sorts to please anyone who loves that shabby chic style, we particularly love their rustic gorgeous candleabras and candles from Neom. December 25th offers a treasure trove of lovely christmas decorations in every colour, every size, every kind of glitter- you name it; If you need Christmas decorations and trinkets this is the place to get it! Charlotte Brunswick is a new addition to the Bath shopping scene and in our opinion, a very welcome one because who doesn’t love chocolate? Great little independent chocolate shop for tasting and buying those essential handmade chocolate for your hampers and stockings this year.

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If you’re sightseeing this winter, make sure you take the most comfortable tour in bath! Mad Max Tours have been running for over 20 years on their comfy mini buses around the sights of stonehenge, Lacock Village (Harry Potter film sights), Castle Combe and Avebury- during the winter these villages really come to life with christmas decorations and the pub lunch is always the most coziest at this time of year! Mad Max Tours are also giving you a chance to reimburse a price of your ticket this winter too- if you tweet in a creative photo on the tour to @MadMaxTours #MadMaxTourPhoto, great fun!

Looking for a cosy place to catch a bite to eat before the theatre or after browsing the Christmas Market? We’d recommend going for a drink at the Porter Bar and Lounge on George Street then walking up to the Marlborough Tavern , who after many staff christmas meals here, never fail to lack the christmas spirit!

Last but not least make sure you enter our Facebook Competition for a chance to win a free two night stay at the B&B, complete with our usual additions- Breakfast, Bucks Fizz and Free Parking! Enter here now.

The Villa Magdala Team xx

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June/July Newsletter

Summer is finally here!

And my gosh did we wait for it! These past two weeks have been simply gorgeous in Bath, as soon as the sun comes out the city really comes to life. Lots of smiles all around, people enjoying ice creams and picnic-ing along the rivers or in the parks; or if you’re feeling romantic, a few couples i have seen sharing a bottle or two of Prosecco. Our guests over the past weeks have been so lucky and we’ve even been enjoying serving breakfasts and cold complimentary Bucks Fizz’s outside in the morning sun – a rarity in England it has to be said- on our new terrace outside.

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Our New Mini Orchard!

If you’ve been following our Facebook or Twitter pages you’d have heard that we have planted our very own orchard at Villa Magdala as well as a rhubarb planter, our chef Will is extremely keen to get as much fresh produce as we can on the menu and it will be another welcome place for guests to enjoy when they come to stay with us. Our gardening team have been watering like mad over this heatwave but we’re sure the effort will be more than worth it!

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Billy News

Our dog Billy has been up to all sorts these past few months but first of all he would love to congratulate Andy Murray on his great victory at Wimbledon this year. He was hoping next year that he may compete himself next year (we’ll be humouring him until then!:)

tennis, billy, wimbledonIn order to keep himself cool over the past few weeks Billy has mostly been in the shade in the garden and getting into every spot of water he can! As he is a keen, regular sailor this is quite easy thankfully! Here he is modelling his lifejacket … Dog Baywatch anyone?

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Things to do and offers

If you’re staying with us over the next month we have some exclusive discounted rates for exhibitions and shows in Bath! Please contact us directly for more details on these on 01225 466329.

We have a good amount of free tickets for the Holburne Museum’s Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection Exhibition running up to the 29th September. Tickets are subject to availability so ensure you contact us before you stay as soon as possible for your best chance to see this great exhibition for free!

We will be giving out exclusive rates for the Bath Mozartfest shows in November which book up very fast, please phone us and register your interest when you book a room with us to take advantage of this!

One of the places we would love to give a quick shout out to is Cafe Lucca, it really is a lovely, special place to go and grab a coffee and a sweet treat to eat. We absolutely love the florentines! Perfect to treat yourself after the walk up the hill!

Facebook and Twitter

If you haven’t already, do have a peek at our Facebook and Twitter pages as we do like to interact daily with our followers and we love to offer advice on where to go in Bath and inform you of latest last minute reduced room rates. We’ll also be running a few competitions on Facebook soon in the run up to the Great Bath Feast and ..dare we say.. Christmas, so always worth giving us a like or follow if you’d like to win yourself a free holiday!

 

 

 

January Newsletter!

Happy New Year to all!

Villa Magdala Hotel Bath

It’s been a rather hectic break for us, but all for the best as we decided to give our Kitchen a complete revamp and the whole B&B a look over to make sure everything is looking lovely for our guests this year. We’re looking forward to a bit of warmer weather in the spring so we can get some outdoor afternoon tea’s in full swing; hoping that this winter chill we’ve been having will be the worse of it. Saying that however, Bath is a wonderful place when the sun is out whether it’s hot or cold!

Our chef Will has been busy over Christmas- serving his delicious homemade Christmas Cake to our guests which was highly praised by all. He’s now developing a new breakfast menu and would like to ask our followers on Facebook and Twitter what they’d like introduced! We’re always looking for something a bit different, so if you’re looking to stay with us soon make sure you get involved and suggest your favourite breakfast- anything goes!

One of our major plans for this year is to get some tables and chairs outside the front, so that people can enjoy their breakfast and complimentary bucks fizz when the sun starts to peek out more and warm everyone up! We’re looking to also offer afternoon teas to non residents so that our eager Bath followers can enjoy Will’s very popular new Earl Grey Tea Bread- it’s truly phenomenal.

Billy is still prancing around Villa Magdala like a lord in Downton Abbey, being summoned by our guests frequency- only to then be showered with gifts! His latest addition is a new neckerchief… he’s just so used to this high life!

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The Room 2 Mystery Competition!

We’ve been noticing alot of mixed opinions lately good/bad on Trip Advisor of one of our rooms- Room 2! It seems to be the marmite room at Villa Magdala, but we have no reason why really as we think it’s wonderful. It is one of the cheaper rooms we offer, as it is on the ground floor and as always if anyone has any issues during their stay it’s best to just be honest with us as soon as you encounter any problems and we’ll sort it out there and then! It’s awful for us to see a bad review when we had no idea there was an issue, we’re always more than happy to make sure your stay is perfect.

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Room 2

In the hope of setting this Room 2 mystery straight we’re offering a complimentary 1 night stay in Room 2! In order for you to be in for a chance of getting this complimentary stay you must agree to write a completely honest review on Trip Advisor. Enter your details below!

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is only open to UK residents.
  2. The free night at Villa Magdala is only valid on Sunday-Thursday dates.
  3. Not open to employees of Villa Magdala
  4. Contestants are only able to enter the competition once only.
  5. All entries must be received by midnight of the 1st of February.
  6. The winner of the free night will be announced on 7th February. Winners will be contacted via Email/ Twitter and on the Villa Magdala Blog. If the prize winner fails to respond to correspondence from Villa Magdala or to claim his/her prize within 7 days of receipt of notification, Villa Magdala shall be entitled to select an alternative prize winner. The prize winner who has not responded won’t be entitled to a prize.
  7. The prize will not be transferable to another person and it is not exchangeable for cash or any other dates at the B&B.

All the Best,

The team at Villa Magdala X

The Villa Magdala B&B August/September Newsletter

It’s officially been wedding season at Villa Magdala throughout August, tonnes of brides and guests staying and getting married at nearby beautiful venues! It really is a delight to have wedding parties staying with us, seeing them miraculously transform from casual to formal wear in the space of a morning.

One exciting wedding involved designer Sassie Holford dressing the bride Hannah into her spectacular ‘Grace’ wedding dress ready to marry her fiance at the Bath Abbey!

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The wedding even featured in the Bath Chronicle as the groom had an award from the Queen for his services to the army! We also loved the hand painted silk dresses the bridemaids wore, truly beautiful! We wish them all the best for the future.

Never had we thought that judging Cake would be so hard, until we judged our We Love Cake Competition last week! With so many cakes to choose from, it was particularly hard to narrow them down! Congratulations to Georgina Pearson for her Plum and Almond upside down cake, which won top marks and was our overall winner of a 2 night free stay and a Classic Cupcake class with Bath Cake Company.

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We felt the texture, taste, and appearance of the cake came out superb and most appropriate to serve to our guests!

But there was one other cake that touched our sugary hearts, that we couldn’t leave her without a prize! Rebecca Smith’s Rosewater, Raspberry and Chocolate cake was an absolute delight. She’s won a 1 night midweek stay with us and a small prize from Bath Cake Company!

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For all the recipes, please see the comments on the We Love Cake Competition blog post! As there were so many good entries and much love for the competition, we’ve decided to do it again next year, so stay tuned 🙂

At Villa Magdala we are now pleased to be supporting the Big Ben Discount card supplied by the Bath Independent Guest House Association. Simply, if you book a stay at our independent B&B you will receive discounts in Bath’s independent businesses including top restaurants! On checking into Villa Magdala we will give you a tiny key fob which entitles you to a range of discounts to use within your stay.

Things that we’re doing to make your stay even more special, for an extra £5.00pp you will be able to use hotel standard robes and slippers for the duration of your stay. After having so many romantic couples staying, along with some proposals, we thought this would be a perfect addition to make a romantic escape even more perfect with us!

A truly romantic time of year to stay with us in Bath is particularly Christmas time. One of our favourite things to do on a chilly evening is to stroll the historical streets of Bath, nursing a mulled wine and wandering around the infamous Bath Christmas Market which runs from the 22nd November to the 9th December. The best time to go to the market is when it’s not too busy so you can really see all the gifts and foodie bits on offer. Perfect for getting your christmas shopping done without all the rush! Midweek evening’s are the best and it just so happens we have a few dates of availability at Villa Magdala. Contact us on 01225 466329 for our special midweek rates.

For the ultimate Christmas Present, why not indulge your partner with our latest deal? For dates in January or February 2013, we feel it’s the best time to explore the thermae spa to get the dramatic contrast of the cold air and the hot water! Stay any night between Sunday –Thursday inc, in January or February 2013 for as little as £40.00 pppn, but you must book before November to secure these rates!

Our dog Billy is still as popular as ever, he now has his own YOUTUBE page!   where he’s been displaying his tricks in the garden!

Our next posts throughout September and October will be celebrating the Great Bath Feast  month which will showcase Bath’s best food offerings, suppliers and restaurants. With events such as ‘Bath on a plate’ , taste trails and the ‘Great Bath Breakfast’ it’s something we’ve been looking forward to for a while; October will be a great month to visit Bath.  Stay tuned for what Billy will also be eating at the Great Bath Feast…!

We Love Cake Competition! Win free two night stay for two + Cupcake class!

 

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At Villa Magdala we’re dedicated to making sure we provide our guests with the best food at both breakfast and for a lovely afternoon tea. Our traditional Victoria Sponge’s and Lemon Drizzle’s go down like a treat after a long walk around Bath’s historic sites.

WIN

So after pondering on what to make next and in support of the Great Bath Feast Festival ,which features a month long foodie celebration throughout October, we’ve decided to hold a competition to search for what our next cake should be.

We’re letting YOU create the recipe for us and in return you’ll receive a two-night stay for two with us at Villa Magdala on the 12th and 13th of October 2012 with a professional Classic Cupcake Decorating Class for two with Bath Cake Company! Your recipe will also be made professionally for one month for our guests! Sound good?

How to enter:

Contestants should submit their link to their original cake recipe, with a photo, in the comment box below the Villa Magdala competition blog post.

Contestants should also Tweet the link to @villamagdala with the hashtag #welovecake, along with the name of their recipe. This ensures that we can find you!

Make sure you are available for the following dates to enjoy your prize before entering:

Villa Magdala stay dates- Friday 12th October and Saturday 13th October

Classic Cupcake Decorating -Saturday 13th October

The recipes and photos will also be shared on Villa Magdala’s Pinterest.

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is only open to UK residents.
  2. The free nights at Villa Magdala should fall on the same date as a cupcake class is being held at Bath Cake Company.
  3. Not open to employees of Villa Magdala and Bath Cake Company.
  4. Contestants must submit both their recipes via a Tweet to @villamagdala and on the Villa Magdala blog website to be eligible.
  5. Contestants are only able to enter the competition once only.
  6. The winner will be chosen by the the Villa Magdala team and Celia Adams of Bath Cake Company. Entries will be valued for being original, creative and visually appealing.
  7. All entries must be received by midnight of the 3rd of September.
  8. The winner will be announced on Monday the 10th of September. Winners will be contacted via Twitter and on the Villa Magdala Blog. If the prize winner fails to respond to correspondence from Villa Magdala or to claim his/her prize within 7 days of receipt of notification, Villa Magdala shall be entitled to select an alternative prize winner. The prize winner who has not responded won’t be entitled to a prize.
  9. By entering the competition you agree that your recipe and photo may be reproduced in our social media channels.
  10. The prize will not be transferable to another person and it is not exchangeable for cash or any other dates at the B&B or at Bath Cake Company.

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