December Newsletter

To start off our December Newsletter we think it’s fitting to finally reveal Billy’s Christmas Outfit for 2013… After a lengthy decision making process, Billy has opted for reindeer antlers, elf ears and a fluffy Santa Scarf. Over on the Villa Magdala Facebook page we had some fun coming up with some captions, please feel free to add your own over the next few weeks of Christmas. The best we’ve had so far is ‘Is he in charge of Elf and Safety?!’.

Billy, Villa Magdala,

New Year’s Eve

Soon we’ll be heading into a whole New Year at Villa Magdala and we’re looking forward to sharing you with more monthly news from the B&B. We still have rooms available for New Year’s Eve if you fancy spending the day in Bath! There are a few events taking place on New Year’s Eve which we are only just a few minutes walking distance away from us which we think you would enjoy:

New Year’s Eve Ball at the Pump Room

For the romantics and groups…

“Join us at the Roman Baths to celebrate the arrival of 2014.

Black tie, Sparkling cocktail reception around the magical torch-lit Roman Baths, Superb five course dinner with half a bottle of wine, Light entertainment provided throughout dinner, The Pump Room – Kim Cypher Quartet, Reception Hall – Jeanne Marlow Duo, Fun casino and Champagne bar, After dinner entertainment, The Pump Room – Live band Dancin’ Easy and a disco, Reception Hall – Disco, 7.45pm arrival with carriages at 1.30am”

New Year’s Eve at Clayton’s Kitchen at The Porter

For the sophisticated foodies… “Enjoy a lavish menu at The Porter this New year’s Eve.” 

Circo Bar and Lounge Vintage New Year’s Eve 

For Cocktail lovers… “Come celebrate the year that was 2013 with cad about town and musical maverick Lord Antony B (Sunday Best Compare) and his Vintage Sound System playing all the hits and more besides from through the decades!”

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Thinking about Valentines?

You may think it’s too early to start talking about the most romantic day of the year but as this year the day coincides with a weekend, it’s bound to get booked up rather quickly! The team at Villa Magdala have kindly put together a list of the ‘Top three places for a romantic dinner in Bath‘ and here they are…

Circus Restaurant

“This family run restaurant has consistently great food and great service, and it’s fabulously romantic. Candlelit dinner here is a must. ”

The Porter- Clayton’s Kitchen

New to the Bath scene, The Porter has been re-vamped into a place fit for relaxing, socialising and most importantly…eating. Dishes like their Cannon of Lamb are already becoming a favourite here at Villa Magdala.

Kilted Chef 

‘The Kilted Chef have a fantastic set lunch menu for 2 Courses £15.45 and  3 Courses £19.65, they also cater for people with Coeliac or Food intolerances extremely well’

We’ll be offering our standard package of complimentary Bucks Fizz, Award Winning Cooked and Continental Breakfast, Independent Big Ben Discount Card (Getting you up to 10% off the majority of independent restaurants and attractions in Bath), Free Wifi and Free parking. Book here now for a special stay.

Thank you for such a wonderful year, to all we’ve spoken to via social feeds and all the lovely customers who have stayed at the B&B this year. We hope to see you again very soon,

The Villa Magdala Team x


Planning a wedding? Why not have Villa Magdala all to yourself?

Organising your Wedding or big celebrations in central Bath? Want an affordable choice for all your guests to stay in one place to make it even more special?

We are delighted to announce, that after our success with looking after wedding guests and celebrations at our B&B in the last two years, that we’re now offering our guests to have Exclusive Use of Villa Magdala! After numerous requests and fantastic comments on our hospitality and general luxury interior we feel over the moon to now be able to present this as an choice for any guests celebrating with a big party.

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Villa Magdala is only a short walk (5 minutes max!) from some of the best wedding and event venues such as the Pump Rooms, Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Guildhall, all which offer great value in a fantastic setting.

Here at Villa Magdala we hope to ensure that you and your guests are catered for in every way, even though we are a B&B we like to ensure we can offer those tiny extras, if necessary, that make your stay go from great to excellent.

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Exclusive use for your wedding party or celebration in Bath includes the following..

Full use of: 20 x King/Superking or Twin Bedrooms – (Accommodation for 40 guests)

And all our public areas, our garden and private car park.

Cream Tea on arrival for 40

Informal Buffet Supper for 40 on Friday night

Full Breakfast with Bucks Fizz for 40 on both mornings (late breakfast until 10.30am on
Sunday Morning)

Extra beds available in certain rooms at an extra £45.00 per child per night (children up to the
age of 16)

Dedicated event planner to oversee your event

Friday & Saturday Night


Please feel free to contact Kimberley Blair on 01225 466 329 to discuss anything regarding the exclusive use stay, availability and any wedding/event related press. Look forward to hearing from you!

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.


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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Deckchair Problems.

For some, the simplest task can really be troublesome, and some of the staff at Villa Magdala have been going through a few problems lately…in the deckchair department.

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It’s not that they aren’t experienced or can’t perform the task at hand, but sometimes it’ll be just one of those days where it will all fall to pieces.

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So this post is not only to inform you of our wonderful deckchairs to use in this glorious weather we’ve been having, but to remind our staff members how to put up a deckchair successfully.

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Southsea Deckchairs have thankfully put up a step by step guide to help anyone who may be suffering:

How to put up a deckchair

1. Stand the folded deckchair vertically with both folding arms pointing upwards.

2. Rotate the longer notched arm away from the frame.

3. Rotate the shorter arm towards the longer one and engage the horizontal bar in
one of the notches.

4. Put the chair on the ground.

5. Adjust the seating angle.

6. Sit in the chair.

7. Relax and enjoy the view, the beautiful sunshine, ice-cream, peaches, lager, smoke of a thousand barbecues etc.

And relax.