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 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…!

May/June update at the Bath B&B

It’s been a very good busy couple of months for Villa Magdala and we’re very grateful for all of the magnificent, glorious reviews on Trip Advisor! The staff are so delighted they’ve been mentioned several times for their fantastic work and may this long continue!

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Our new kitchen assistant Joe’s life ambition is to be featured in a review. We think with his new and very popular veggie addition of Granola, Fresh Strawberries and Yoghurt to the breakfast menu, he’ll be well on his way to getting that fulfilled!

Billy, our dog, is getting even more famous by the day! He has his photo taken daily with guests from America (he’s hoping his career will kick off there very soon); one of the guests even bought him a bone! billy, magdala, dog, villa magdala, b&b, boutique, bath, hotel, u.k, somerset, excellent, the best, bone, reviewer, @Billy_Magdala

Billy is getting social online too now with his Twitter page, he knows all the ins and outs of the B&B and voices his opinions regularly. He’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have here. He knows a lot about how to get more sausages at breakfast!

With all this gorgeous weather we’ve been having we’re now delighted to offer our guests access to our lovely garden with deckchairs from the middle of June, the perfect way to enjoy your afternoon tea and some bubbly. In the meantime we’re looking forward to celebrating the Jubilee next week in the wonderful parks in Bath which are offering a range of entertainment.

Applogises to any guests who encountered a rather ancient version of our website this week! Our website hosting company altered some code or other and we were horrified to see an old site of ours appearing that previous owners of the hotel had used; so many phone calls from very puzzled guests!  Eventually got it sorted but thanks to the kind person who alerted us to the problem very early on!

We’re looking forward to welcoming a big wedding party this weekend to the B&B. The bride is to be collected in a Vintage Bentley! We’ll be capturing the exciting moment on our Twitter page as and when it happens!

Thank you to all our supporting followers on our Twitter and Facebook pages, we really appreciate the chat and feedback; make sure you join in the discussion for exclusive discounts and booking codes!

The Villa Magdala Team

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Welcome to the new Villa Magdala blog!

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A rather lot has happened in the past year at Villa Magdala, but one thing we will not change is our enthusiasm for running a luxury bed and breakfast in this beautiful city of Bath.

Our refurbishment is now complete and our guests love it which is clear from the glorious reviews we’ve had on Trip Advisor; we’d like to thank everyone who has reviewed it’s lovely to see such positive responses! We’re still looking after lots of guests from all around the globe which is great to see, we enjoy helping you find yourselves around Bath!

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We’ve still kept all the things that were always great about Villa Magdala. It’s location so close to the city centre, our off-street parking, and the wonderful period features  but we have up-dated the decor to new levels of comfort, with some modern day additions such as iPod docking stations in each room, large Flat Screen TV’s and heavenly Hypnos beds!  Some new friendly faces too amongst our staff but still with the same determination to ensure your stay here in Bath is  memorable one!

We are very lucky to have lot’s going on in Bath this coming months! If you take a look at our website under the ‘Out and About’ tab for all the details. On the 19th you have the chance to see the Roman Baths by torchlight at night which provides a truly magical atmosphere for exploring! Especially exciting also is the Olympic Torch Relay through the city on the 22nd of May; the route is very close to us! If you do fancy coming to stay for that weekend please book through our website to ensure you get your breakfast and parking included in your room rate!

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In other news, the Villa Magdala dog Billy has been enjoying his new found fame since he appeared on our website, Twitter and Facebook pages. He’s always popular with our guests, so is used to the camera! If you follow us on Twitter and Facebook you can ask him any questions about the b&b , he knows the hotel inside and out! Could be be the new Uggie?

We’ll be blogging about the best cafes, places to go and things to see in Bath so stay tuned!

The Villa Magdala Team