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!

 

 

 

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The Villa Magdala Bath B&B September/October Newsletter

A few things have changed at Villa Magdala in the past two months and it’s mostly to do with the change of weather! When autumn gets in to full swing we want our guests to feel as comfy as possible.

Not only have we introduced our new slippers and robes for guests to hire, as mentioned in our previous blog post and modelled by our lovely staff over our twitter page, our award winning breakfast has changed with the seasons; as it should.
Our breakfast menu has one very popular new addition, Cinammon Eggy Toast, using Hobbs House bread served with a Spiced Apple Compote. Our guests are enjoying something a bit different at breakfast time, as we continue to support The Great Bath Feast -‘Great Bath Breakfast‘; showing that it truly is the most important meal of the day here at Villa Magdala.

We’re doing our best to ensure that our 5 star B&B status remains in all aspects of our service everyday, and some of the reviews on Trip Advisor are reflective of this, we are so appreciative to everyone that has taken time to give their reviews during/after their stay.

We’d like to highlight however, one review which we thought was rather unfair on all of us here, ‘Beware of the Papers‘. Unlike a hotel, unfortunately we have to charge on top of our guest rates for newspapers, and we believe in any other Bed and Breakfast this is the same. We offer guests complimentary copies of newspapers to read over breakfast, but if guests should like their own copy- perhaps to fill out the crossword or save a recipe article, then they must be charged. This review stunned us really, as we didn’t have a chance to explain to the guest why they had been charged, they simply did not say anything. Which brings us to say, if there is anything confusing or unsatisfactory during your stay, please let us know while you are here, as we really want to ensure all of our guests are happy in everyway!

Perhaps guests forget they are in a B&B when they stay here and feel as if they are in a hotel- a compliment to us really!

COMPETITION TIME!

We’re really looking for ways to make your stay even more special, and especially now being able to offer exclusive use of Villa Magdala for special occasions.

We’ll be giving away a free night’s stay for two on Twitter, if you can tell us three things that would make your stay at a B&B even more special! You must also Re-tweet and Follow us to be in with a chance of winning! Competition starts on the 22nd of October and finishes on the 25th of October.

Here is a list of things that are complimentary in your stay with us. Is there anything extra you think we could do?

Coffee, Tea and Cake on arrival.

Glass of Bucks Fizz with your breakfast.

Mineral Water in the rooms.

Generous Hospitality Trays, including luxury locally sourced biscuits.

Free local telephone calls.

Free parking in our onsite car park (4 mins walk from the main city center), if booking is made directly with us.

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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