Welcome to Poplar House
Bed & Breakfast
Poplar House was built in 1720 but its origins can be traced back much further to Jacobean times in the 17th century when it is said to have belonged to a wool merchant, probably a clothier, who wished to build his residence in the village of Batheaston but with easy access to Bath on the old highway leading to London, still called London Road.
During the mid-20th century Poplar House became the village's only medical practice with three doctors on the premises. In the early 1980's, the house was eventually sold to Major Richard Carr-Comm, OBE, the social reformer and philanthropist, and his wife Susan, who founded the two charities Abbeyfield Trust and the Carr-Comm Society and who lived at Poplar House until 2008.
Today, Poplar House is owned by the Hagen family, and the B&B is managed by Mrs Susanne Hagen. The Hagens are descendants of Jacob Hagen, owner of St Saviour's Wharf London, the prominent London timber merchant and celebrated abolitionist of slavery at the time of George III and an ally of William Wilberforce.
The bedrooms at Poplar House provide comfortable living in elegance and style. Each has a double-bed with a modern high quality en suite, free WIFI, TV with Freeview channels and a generous coffee and tea tray. The three bedrooms have been refurbished in period colours or show the exposed original stone to create a welcoming atmosphere and a style that befits an elegant , original 18th century Georgian House.
The three double bedrooms open to guests are the Green Room on the 1st floor, the Grey Room on the 2nd floor and the Eaves on the third, or top floor.
We offer the choice of a continental breakfast buffet, which includes freshly made fruit salad, yoghurt, cereals, cheeses, meats, home-made jam, freshly baked rolls and croissants. You are welcome to order a cooked breakfast included in the price. In mid and high season, the eggs are gathered from our own hens and our food is selected and made from local produce.
We cater for any dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Weekdays: 7.00am - 10.00am
Weekends: 7.30am - 10.00am
Poplar House has free WIFI across the property including all bedrooms.
Why not relax in our garden by the pond, in a deck chair or enjoy the dining room terrace with its old stone well.
All bedrooms are cleaned on a daily basis and coffee and tea trays replenished. We encourage a Green approach so ask guests to re-use towels if possible.
Poplar House is a B&B with two cats. The cats are not allowed to enter guest bedrooms but have access to the dining room, reception area and guest lounge. We are sorry that we are not able to welcome pets of any guests.
Poplar House is just 2 miles (3km) form the centre of Bath. We recommend that you park your car at Poplar House during busy times and then either take a Bus - 3 or X31, a taxi (we are happy to order you one (tel 01225 46 46 46 for Abbey taxis), or even take a boat (during spring, summer and autumn) on the River Avon from the Bathampton Mill, a lovely way of reaching Bath.
You can also stroll or cycle along the Kennet and Avon Canal tow path with its barges leading into the heart of Bath (45 minutes) or go in the opposite direction reaching Bradford on Avon after a 45 minute cycle ride
THINGS TO DO
Mumfords Vineyard is a family run business in Batheaston dedicated to producing the finest quality English wines. The four-acre estate overlooks the Avon valley and lies a 20 minute walk from Poplar House. It produces several varieties of wine including award winning rose.Visitors are welcome all year round to see the vineyard, winery and enjoy tasting the wines.
To book a visit please contact:
Tel: 01225 858 367
Oatley Vineyard is a small family-run vineyard set in a rural idyll near Cannington in Somerset. The winery specialises in two white varieties, one aged in oak barriques. The winery has received international acclaim for its consistent quality and Decanter awards. They are open 11am-5.30pm Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holiday weekends through summer. Other times visitors are welcome by appointment.
Tel: 01278 671 340
Avalon Vineyard produces award winning organic wines, mead, liqueurs and cider in harmony with wildlife and the environment. The winery is located near Glastonbury on the site of a historic vineyard. Self-guided tours are available and leaflets are available in the farm shop.
Open hours: Tuesday-Sunday Noon-6pm.
Tel: 01749 860 393
Sites and Entertainment
Avebury Ancient Stone Circles (the two largest stone circles in Europe. Located in Wiltshire in the area where crop circles appear during summer. 10 miles)
Stonehenge (the world famous ancient stone formation. 35 miles)
Longleat Safari and Amusement Park (30 miles)
Calendar of Events and Festivals in Bath 2020
Bath Half Marathon
The Bath Festival
Bath Fringe Festival
Iford Arts Festival
The Gin and Rum Festival
Jane Austen Festival
Bath Christmas Market
Early Bird Christmas Shopping 12 and 19 November
The Christmas Market will celebrate 20 years with twelve chalets selling locally made gifts and treats, the same number that came together to form the very first Christmas Market in Bath in 2000.
Bath was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1987 to preserve its superb Georgian architectural and cultural heritage. It is one of England's most famously beautiful cities and has become a cultural icon of Georgian times with its buff-coloured, elegant buildings.
The Roman Baths are one of Great Britain's greatest ancient sites. Built in the 1st Century in AD 60, just over 15 years after the Roman invasion of Britain, they were a massive complex of hot and cold-water baths forming one of the largest restored bath complexes outside Rome itself. The original Roman Spa town was called Aquae Sulis after a celtic goddess, Sulis because of the hot gushing mineral water. Alongside the baths the Romans built a temple dedicated to their goddess Minerva and believed the spring to be sacred.
Nowadays you can swim in a the hot springs in a modern version of the Roman baths called thermae, overlooking the original Roman baths and the rooftops. More on...www.thermaebathspa.com
The Jane Austen Centre
is dedicated to the world famous writer. She stayed at 13, Queen's Square in her youth and later on at 4 Sidney Buildings. Two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are set in Bath. The small museum is situated on Gay Street, adjacent to Queen's Square. More on...www.janeausten.co.uk
The Royal Crescent, constructed by the architect John Wood, the Younger between 1767 and 1774, is one of the most famous examples of Georgian architecture in the world and virtually unchanged since the 18th century. You can visit the museum in No 1.
Bath Abbey was founded in the 7th century and was originally a Benedictine Monastery and the site where King Edgar was crowned "King of the English" in AD 959. Whether to worship or enjoy the programme of choral music, experience the Abbey's unique environment for yourself.
Nearby Towns and Cities
Bradford on Avon (7 miles)
Bristol (16 miles)
Wells (24 miles)
Glastonbury (37 miles)
Salisbury 41 miles)
Cardiff (55 miles)
Stratford upon Avon (83 miles)
London (110 miles)
The area around Bath is frequently used for filming because of its beauty and small villages that lend themselves for transporting the viewer to a different time.
Castle Combe has been called the prettiest Cotswold village in England with its ancient High Street and cottages. It was in this village films like Warhorse by Steven Spielberg, Stardust and various Poirots and Miss Marples were shot.
Distance: 15 min by car
Lacock, a beautiful village owned by the National Trust, offers interesting craft shops and one the best Tythe barns in the region. Lacock Abbey (14th century) and its Country House, home of photography pioneer Fox-Talbot, is now famous as one of the main film locations for the Harry Potter movies.
Distance: 25 minutes by car
Corsham with its old High Street and quaint pubs like the Flemish Weaver is best known for the filming of the latest Poldark series. The Methuen Arms, frequented by the Duke of Edinburgh during his engagement to princess Elizabeth is located near Corsham Court and the Alms houses founded by Lady Margaret Hungerford in the 17th century.
Distance: 15 minutes by car
Places to Eat
Bath caters for all tastes and offers a wide range with some of the best restaurants in the region.
Michelin starred and high end:
MenuGordonJones (superb food presented by GBM chef Gordon Jones, Bath)
The Olive Tree (Bath)
The Priory Restaurant (Bath),
Lucknam Park (outside Bath)
The Manor Hotel in Castle Combe
The Dower House at the Royal Crescent
The Beaufort vegetarian (1 mile away towards Bath, Larkhall)
Hudson's Steakhouse (best steak in town)
Clayton's Kitchen at the Porter.
Bunch of Grapes (in Bradford on Avon, good wine list)
Raphael's Bistro (Bath Centre, French)
Sotto Sotto (Bath Centre, Italian)
Eastern Eye (Bath Centre, Indian)
Tagine Zhor (Bath Centre, Moroccan)
Demuth's (Bath Centre, vegetarian)
The Long's Arms (excellent food in South Wraxall, 15 min by car)
The Wheatsheaf (Combe Hay, lovely food in lovely valley with superb terrace)
Pubs near Poplar House
The Bathampton Mill (on the River Avon, stunning setting, 10 min walk)
The Crown(local pub in Bathford, 15 min walk)
The George(on the West Kennet and Avon Canal, 20 min walk)
Easton Spice (local Indian in the George and Dragon, 5 min walk from Poplar House)
Robbie's Plaice (locan and Bath's best Fish and Chip take away and restaurant, 5 min walk from Poplar House)
Didn't Want to Leave
Beautiful house with wonderful interiors, immediately felt at home and loved everything about it. Owner very welcoming and knowledgeable with lots of tips about where to go and what to see. Breakfast was excellent and no qualms about catering for a vegan. We particularly enjoyed using the guest lounge. Very convenient for the city centre. Can't fault it and looking forward to a return visit.
Victoria S, London, Oct 2017
Difficult to find anything to add to all the other great 5* reviews. Beautifully furnished and charming Georgian House, good sized room (en-suite) with a lovely breakfast. Add to this a couple who give a genuine welcome (but not overbearing). Close to river (5 minute walk) and canal (10 minutes) , and also on bus route to city centre (15 min trip). On one occasion we chose to travel to Bathcity centre by boat (£5 one-way( - jetty 10 minutes from the house - great! This was our second visit to Poplar House and would certainly choose again. Daliwch at gyda'r croeso aml-ieithog deulu Hagen!
Caledfryn, October 2017
We spent three nights here for our anniversary and it was so relaxing, just what we needed after the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life. The host Suzanne was friendly & attentive & gave us some lovely ideas for places to visit. Wish made our stay even more interesting. Our room was beautiful & had everything we needed to make us feel at home. The breakfast was an amazing, gorgeous selection of fruit, cereals, hams, breads and cheeses, plus Suzanne would also offer any option off that you fancied. We will definitely be returning when we visit Bath again. Thank you so much.
Sarahp60, September 2017
We stayed here last weekend... The owners were delightful and were full of recommendations. Lovely large and spotless room. Just a short drive from Bath too and competitively priced. Would definitely recommend.
Charlski88, Swansea, August 2017
I stayed here on a business trip. The house and rooms were gorgeous, the breakfast excellent and the hosts very pleasant and friendly. This is an exceptional bed and Breakfast, I would certainly recommend it to other visitors and will stay here again when next in the area.
Ged570, Newcastle upon Tyne, August 2017
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