February Newsletter

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Bath Flooded? No!

We’re all settling into the New Year of 2014 here at Villa Magdala, although we have been strongly disliking this awful stormy weather we’ve been having of late and we can only hope that it means for a long beautiful warm summer in Bath for our guests to enjoy. We’re thankful to say that despite this weather that Bath has remained flood-free and we’d like to take this opportunity to address anyone who has booked to stay with us that all is fine, assuring that your travel connections are all well!

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New Year New Website

We’re incredibly excited to announce that our current website is getting a complete revamp! Our new website will be launched at the end of February. It will be responsive to mobiles and iPads, be full of beautiful new photography and most importantly full of information on things to do in this wonderful city of Bath. Please let us know what you think via our socials – Facebook and Twitter, we’re looking for some expert feedback from our wonderful fans and followers!

Things to do in March and April

For something a bit different, why not try a Hawk Walk? Currently the best attraction near Bath on Trip Advisor at the moment, Hawk Walks are run by the wonderful West of England Falconry a short drive out of Bath into Wiltshire. The Hawk Walks start at 10am, 12 Noon and 2pm Monday to Saturday and teach you everything from flying a hawk to their behaviour habits- it really is something special to experience.

If you’re up for a laugh, then the Bath Comedy Festival running from 28th March to the 4th April could be just for you! Always a popular event, it’s advisory that you book tickets in advance to see the big acts! We’d recommend also popping along to The Porter on the 27th March for some pre festival stand up- at just £5 a ticket and in such a lovely venue, it seems laughable not to!

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Billy News

Billy has been of on vacation for a few weeks during January- sorry to those who came to stay and missed his appearance! He was off exploring the New Forest enjoying long muddy walks and beautiful scenery.

The Bath Half Marathon takes place on the 2nd March and Billy has decided to not take part this year as he wants to give everyone else a fair chance at winning;) All our rooms are currently booked for the 1st of March but there are a couple free on the 2nd- please book now to avoid disappointment!

Thank you to everyone who’s given us lovely comments and reviews on Trip Advisor, Twitter and Facebook recently, it’s truly wonderful to hear such lovely feedback and it truly spreads the word for us and keeps our B&B going; please do keep recommending us to all your friends and family!

The Villa Magdala Team x

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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?!’.

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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

August/September Newsletter

August at our Bath B&B was a crazy busy month! Full of people on holidays, celebrating with their kids, getting married and couple spending romantic weekends away together. Summer in Bath is truly a wonderful time and we were lucky to get some fantastic sun for at least a good few weeks; our lovely new terrace and sun chairs have been well and truly put to good use- especially on those sunny mornings at breakfast time.

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Now the autumn weather is starting to show and soon in the colours of the leaves, we find ourselves getting out our Villa Magdala umbrellas for journeys around town. We actually cannot wait for this time of year to start. Bath has so much to offer in the autumn and winter months and with the Great Bath Feast starting in October there has never been a greater time to visit if you are a lover of cosy, seasonal food and events associated. We have a good few rooms available throughout October currently, why not pick an event to go to and stay the night? We’ll be offering our award winning breakfast as part of the ‘Great Bath Breakfast.’

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Villa Magdala has been lucky to get some attention from the Press lately- we were so happy to be including in a round up of places to stay and things to do in Bath in the Sunday Times with praise such as ‘Sets the Bar High for B&B’s’ , we were truly delighted.

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Crumbs Magazine came round to Villa Magdala to take some food photos and interview us for a ‘House Call’ piece in their magazine! Billy enjoyed also being in the spotlight once again and is dreaming of what he will do when he becomes even more rich and famous…

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When we know more details on when it will be published we will shout them out on our Facebook and Twitter pages- make sure you follow/like us!

Christmas, dare we say it, is slowly creeping towards us. Although you may not be thinking about it just yet- our rooms are booking up incredibly fast for the infamous Bath Christmas Market starting on the 28th November -15th December 2013. It is undoubtably one of the most special times to visit and we’ll always give our recommendations on what stalls, food spots to go to. You can check our online availability for rooms during this period here.

Hope to see you very soon

The Villa Magdala Team!

February/March Newsletter

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It’s been wonderfully busy here at our Bath Bed and Breakfast over the past couple of months, some of us went exploring abroad but the rest of the staff made sure everything was running smoothly for our guests!

Bath is truly fantastic for getting people involved in activities, on the 3rd of March we saw the efforts of so many people (Including our daughter Poppy!), take part in the Bath Half Marathon 2013!  Everyone came down in their running gear and had a hearty breakfast before they ran the 13.1 mile traffic free course. The best part was seeing the smiley faces as they came back with their finisher medals! Billy was there ready to run but alas was distracted by a butcher on a side street, he also decided that he wouldn’t enter Crufts this year and give others a chance at grabbing gold; how very kind! He is planning however to take part in both next year after a *well deserved* break.

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Our chef Will has been putting together some ideas for our new spring/summer breakfast menu and would like to ask our social feeds on Facebook and Twitter for any suggestions! Perhaps there was something abroad you tried on holiday that you’d like to see on the menu:)

We’ve been enjoying the bursts of sun that Bath has been getting now and again, it is so beautiful exploring and sitting in Henrietta park (opposite the B&B) with the slight bit of warmth fighting through the occasional cold wind. We can only hope that the spring weather turns quickly now and we all get more Vitamin D!

From the 13th to the 21st of April Bath in Fashion is taking place, a week long celebration of everything fashion. Here is our top three recommendations of events we think are going to be truly fabulous. (darhling)

1. A ‘Look Fabulous Lunch at Hall & Woodhouse Enjoy a two course lunch with a glass of wine, a glass of fizz on arrival plus Fabulous goodie bag at Hall & Woodhouse.

2. Spring/Summer 2013 Collections Headline catwalk show.

3. Secret Tea Party ‘The exclusive event, organised by vintage glamour girl, Mrs Stokes, treats you to an evening of fun and fizz, a ‘Best Dressed’ competition, a dance workshop and performance by professional dancers, what-to-wear style clinic, a glass of bubbly, scrumptious afternoon tea and optional makeovers (payable on the day). All this should put you in the mood for the Best Dressed competition”

For our exclusive social media rates every month via our Facebook and Twitter pages please make sure you follow/Like us!

The Villa Magdala team x

January Newsletter!

Happy New Year to all!

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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!

Billy Magdala

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