Marlborough House – Bath Gay Guesthouse

Author: , November 29th, 2018

Marlborough House - Bath Gay Guesthouse

Marlborough House Bed & Breakfast is an enchanting small hotel owned and operated by Peter Moore in a friendly and informal style. Located in the heart of Georgian Bath, this impressive stone Victorian house has lovely spacious rooms furnished with beautiful antiqueswhich have been assiduously chosen and elegantly assembled.

Built in 1867, Marlborough House B&B is situated in the very centre of Bath, close to Queen Square and at the edge of Royal Victoria Park. A short stroll up Marlborough Lane will lead you to the gates of this lovely park, where Royal Avenue presents a panoramic view of the gracefully imposing Royal Crescent, a fine example of Georgian architecture. Only a few steps further will bring you to Bath’s famous Circus and the centre of historic Bath, altogether a 5 minute walk from Marlborough House.

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The Secret Gay Life of Ancient Bath

Author: , January 7th, 2017

Ancient Bath

Bath is one of the most ancient cities in the UK – but nothing here is older than the water from its hot springs. It fell as rain around 10,000 years ago and sank 2km into the ground. Here hot rocks heat it to 69C (156F) before it bubbles to the earth’s surface – conveniently at perfect bathing temperature.

The city that has grown up around these hot springs is globally famous for its handsome architecture. And it’s been attracting tourists for almost 2,900 years. So we booked a lodge with self-catering holiday specialists Hoseasons and started a weekend of Christmas shopping, historical discovery and pampering.

What really happened in a Roman bathhouse?

The Romans didn’t invent Ancient Bath. It was discovered in 863BC when the Celtic Prince Bladud was cured from his skin disease after bathing in the waters. By the time the Romans arrived, around 60AD, it was already an ancient British shrine. But the Romans combined those traditions with their own bathing culture. They identified their goddess Minerva with the local deities and built a shrine as well as a bathhouse.

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Marlborough House – Gay Owned Accommodations in Bath, England

Author: , April 14th, 2016

Marlborough House, Bath, England

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Marlborough House Bed & Breakfast is an enchanting small hotel owned and operated by Peter Moore in a friendly and informal style. Located in the heart of Georgian Bath, this impressive stone Victorian house has lovely spacious rooms furnished with beautiful antiqueswhich have been assiduously chosen and elegantly assembled.

Built in 1867, Marlborough House B&B is situated in the very centre of Bath, close to Queen Square and at the edge of Royal Victoria Park. A short stroll up Marlborough Lane will lead you to the gates of this lovely park, where Royal Avenue presents a panoramic view of the gracefully imposing Royal Crescent, a fine example of Georgian architecture. Only a few steps further will bring you to Baths’ famous Circus and the centre of historic Bath, altogether a 5 minute walk from Marlborough House.

Marlborough House has seven bedrooms; every one handsomely furnished with antiques and containing either an antique wood four-poster, or a Victorian brass and iron bed.

Each room is unique, but all are lovely, comfortable, scrupulously clean, and provided with complementary sherry and an abundant hostess tray featuring home baked cookies. Each room has a direct dial telephone, radio, alarm, hair dryer, and colour television with remote control. In addition, Marlborough house is on-line and internet and e-mail access is offered to guests.

Guests might desire to stay the morning in the luxury of their room, where breakfast is available by room service. Indeed, room service is another exceptional treat offered at the Marlborough House and is available throughout the day and evening. Licensed to serve drink, a wide variety of fine organic beers and wines, as well as an array of organic spirits and mixers, can be ordered through room service, or taken in the lounge.

Marlborough House is non-smoking throughout, as the proprietors and staff strive to keep the hotel environment as congenial as possible for all the guests.

Bath is a small, but cosmopolitan and lovely city. With its architectural integrity and the golden hue of its stone, it is like a jewel set within the verdant rolling hills of the West County’s pastoral landscape. Bath, with it’s mineral hot springs, renowned for over two millennia, is the ancient urban centre of an archeologically rich historical setting that stretches back to the Roman era and beyond.

As such, it is the perfect base from which to explore other nearby historical sites, all within 45 minutes of Marlborough House: Stonehenge, Wells, Glastonbury, Lacock, Castle Combe, Cheddar Gorge, or Longleat, the spectacular home of the Marquis of Bath.

Your host is happy to offer guidance for the best routes and itineraries to explore Bath and the surrounding area, or for suggestions on the array of the city’s fine restaurants. He has a wealth of knowledge about musical events in the area and Laura is always pleased to offer advice on antique shopping in this antique hunter’s mecca.

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Wandering Wives – Bath At Christmas

Author: , December 12th, 2015

Christmas markets Bath

The city of Bath is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year but during Christmas the UNESCO world heritage listed site is a real treat. Throughout December one of Bath’s main attractions, Bath Abbey, is flanked by more than 180 Christmas Market chalets which line the surrounding streets. Festive tours of the church are available and carol singers are strategically placed around every corner. The stunning Georgian architecture in the city seems even more pleasing than usual when smothered in liberal amounts of festive cheer. Visiting Bath at Christmas is a quintessentially British experience and one which we highly recommend. A few days of shopping at the Christmas markets makes an ideal festive break and there are plenty of excellent quality hotels to choose from in the city. We stayed at Grove Lodge, where we lived the high life, experiencing all the trappings of upper class Georgian living.

During December Christmas markets seem to pop up all over the place. High streets across the UK are transformed into tiny villages with wooden cabins selling all kinds of festive treats. Although, not all Christmas markets are created equally and some towns offer nothing more than a row of sheds covered in tinsel. Mulled wine, festive gifts, Christmas decorations and for some unknown reason German sausages are the staple goods on sale. Bath, we are pleased to say, is one of the places that hits the festive nail right on the head. The great thing about the Bath Christmas Market is the emphasis they place on local traders and their produce. Rather than shipping in vendors with merchandise from across Europe, the city of Bath have decided to keep things local. You can buy locally produced cheese from the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company. You can shop for gifts with local craft makers like Felt So Good and get a much needed sugar rush from The Bath Waffle Co. There are locally brewed beverages from Bath Ales and Severn Cider. You can even celebrate Christmas in style by visiting the pop up gin bar from local distillers Bath Gin. With all of the excellent local produce on offer we were happy to overlook the obligatory German sausage stall.

One of Baths greatest tourist attractions is No1 Royal Crescent, a beautifully restored 18th century town house. The house is crammed with original features, period furniture and interesting artefacts. During the festive period No1 Royal Crescent is decked out in style for a Georgian Christmas, complete with traditional decorations in the grand hall way and a sumptuous feast laid out in the dining room. If you have ever watched a Downton Abbey Christmas special this is everything your dreams are made of and you will not be disappointed…continued with pictures on Wandering Wives

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Haringtons Hotel, Bath, England

Author: , December 29th, 2014

Haringtons Hotel, Bath, EnglandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

A Boutique Hotel with personality: Haringtons is unique amongst many other hotels being privately owned and managed. Peter and Melissa O’Sullivan have owned the hotel for the past 10 years and have individually designed each room in this historic townhouse.

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Visiting Bath, England – 2,000 Years of History

Author: , July 4th, 2012

“How can you not get excited about something that was built 2,000 years ago?” my guide at the Roman Baths says as we stare out and try to visualize the expansive oh-my-God-how-did-they-think-of-this architecture of Bath, England.

The World Heritage City, about an hour’s train ride west of London, may not be considered a must-visit destination on your British itinerary, but the city of about 800,000 has an unmatched charm and history stretching back to the ancient Celts that has men and women craving the mineral-rich natural spas, the Georgian lifestyle, and a joie de vivre that brightens the drizzly weather.

We step through the cavernous underground ancient city filled with reminders of Rome’s sprawling empire. “Back then, if someone hurt you, you didn’t need to fight back, you could just write a curse,” our jovial guide laughs holding his popping-out belly.

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Sailing the Canals of Bath, England

Author: , July 3rd, 2012

Bath, England CanalsOK so I decided to go back to blogging. I have been traveling extensively this month around Europe and I have not had a minute to blog.

This time I am coming live to you from the canals of Bath, in England. Yesterday we spent two hours on board a Narrowboat sailing along the canals and through the many bridges of Bath. Such a lovely, quiet experience, that will allow you to explore Bath from another angle.

Most tours offer the sailing + lunch experience, from the most basic and traditional to the most fancy and posh, your choice.

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Relaxing, Historic Bath, Maine

Author: , March 8th, 2012
by Jim Haught, Galen C. Moses House, Bath, Maine
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Bath, Maine

Historic Bath Maine invites the traveler to spend a few relaxing days strolling through the pleasant parks overlooking the Kennebec River or rummaging through the many antique stores on Front Street.

Bath, MaineBeach lovers will find two sandy state park beaches within a short drive. The nationally acclaimed Maritime Museum, The Chocolate Church or the Art Gallery of Bowdoin College furnish exciting diversions on a rainy afternoon while short drives to Portland, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor or Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) can satisfy every shopper’s appetite. And speaking of appetites, the restaurants in the area serve marvelous seafood on tables overlooking the great bays and charming coves.

Things To Do

Chocolate Church Performing Arts Center: Just a walk down Washington St. is our local performing arts center. Throughout the year the Chocolate Church puts on first class performances of our favorite plays, especially during the Winter months. Adjacent is the newly renovated gallery displaying local artists.

During the summer months, the nearby Maine State Music Theatre offers a series of five major musical productions complete with Broadway casts. This is Maine’s only professional music theater. Tickets can be ordered by calling (207) 725-8769.

Maine Maritime MuseumMaine Maritime Museum: The Museum offers guided tours on an hourly basis from April 15 through October which are most informative.

In addition, there are Museum guided boat tours during season leaving their dock several times a day. These tours are about one hour in length and include a harbor view of the Bath Iron Works.

About once each week (more frequently during the summer season) the Museum offers a day-long, comprehensive boat excursion with a guide on board.

Downtown Bath, MaineDowntown Bath: Nestled along the sparkling Kennebec River in Maine is a small jewel of a city. An old seafaring town, Bath has sailed gracefully into the present day bringing a taste of her history with her. About a dozen antique stores plus a like number of boutiques can be found off the brick sidewalks with gas lamp posts.

Cruises up and down the Kennebec River can be reserved from the City’s docks. Guided fishing expeditions can be arranged along with kayak and sailboat rentals. Several excellent golf courses and municipal tennis courts are nearby. Within a few blocks is the YMCA with complete facilities for swimming, weight training and aerobics (and the Galen Moses House offers complimentary day memberships to our guests).

Bath, MainePopham Beach & Reid State Park: There are a number of beautiful beaches within a twenty minute drive of Bath. Two of the most splendid beaches are:


Popham Beach State Park: This beach has six miles of sand facing the ocean. If you drive past the state parking lot to the end of Route 209 you come to Fort Popham, a never finished Civil War fort. The sunset views from either spot is a terrific experience. The beach is about twenty minutes from Bath.

Reid State Park: This beach has three miles of sandy shore and three miles of rocky shore. There are changing facilities and showers and also a snack bar.

Bath Iron Works Builder of our Navy’s Aegis Destroyers, BIW sits on the banks of the Kennebec River. Visitors can view the occasional launching of one of these spectacular ships. Naval ships can viewed from the Sagadahoc Bridge and by river cruises.

There are a number of opportunities to see inside the grounds of the Bath Iron Works (which builds the Aegis Class Destroyer for the Navy). There are trolley tours each day offered through the Maine Maritime Museum. Also there are a least two ship launchings each year which depend on a ship’s completion and the tidal charts. If you are interested in receiving advanced information on dates for these events, please email us.

Bath Iron WorksBath Iron Works Trolley Tours: These tours are given several times each day, Monday – Saturday. Advanced reservatiions are strongly suggested as space is limited and tours sell out quickly.

Robinhood Marine Center: On your route to Reid State Park is Robinhood Marine Center, Maine’s prettiest marina. Full of history RMC is situated an picturesque cove surrounded by Maine’s marine wildlife.

THE OSPREY Restaurant, located art Robinhood Marina. Strictly a summer restaurant with a marvelous waterview and an active osprey nest in the cove. Menu is standard fare but, with a view like that, who has time to eat? About twenty minutes away. More…

Bath Country Club: Newly renovated and expanded 18 hole championship golf course charges greens fees for 18 holes or for 9 holes. Memberships available.Whiskeag Road, Bath, Maine – (207)442-8411

Historic Tours

Bath City HallNational Trust for Historic Preservation Bath named to the 2005 list of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations: Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation calls Bath “a jewel hidden in plain site. A small, historic and relatively unspoiled New England town, Bath had the good sense to hang on to what makes it so special.

“The result is a vibrant community that offers travelers an ideal retreat. Nestled along the sparkling Kennebec River, Bath is an old seafaring town, deemed one of the best small cities in America. A New England oil painting come to life, this compact, walkable community is known for its treasure trove of maritime history, historic buildings and rugged, scenic beaches.” There are at least two major tours of selected homes offered each year and a well written self-guided tour brochure available.

Bath, MaineThere is an abundance of self-guided driving and walking tours with free or inexpensive guidebooks available. See your innkeepers for guides for the following areas:

  • Brunswick
  • Topsham
  • Georgetown
  • Harpswell
  • Phippsburg

Incidentally, Bath is a gateway city to the midcoast, within a short 40 minute drive of exciting tourist attractions such as Portland and Booth Bay Harbor. Portland is the closest airport and visitors enjoy the Art Museum, Victorian Mansion and shops along the waterfront. In Booth Bay, visitors enjoy whale watching and trips to the islands.

About the Galen C. Moses House

Galen Moses House - Bath, MaineBeing a guest at The Galen C. Moses House is like dwelling in a living museum, surrounded by reminders of the vast wealth that flowed through the city of Bath 150 years ago. Designed by Frances Fassett in 1874 for Mr. Moses and redesigned in 1901 by John Calvin Stevens, the house became a focal point of the city’s social and civic endeavors.

Even today a guest in The Galen C. Moses House can feel transported back into that turn of the century period in any of the upstairs rooms, beautifully appointed with appropriate antiques. Many rooms contain high ceilings, original sinks and cabinets, fireplaces, and elaborate friezes. The large and ample windows provide warmth and light throughout the day. This B&B is on the National Register of Historic Places and received a three diamond rating from AAA. The website is located at www.galenmoses.com.

Gay Travel in the United Kingdom: January in Bath

Author: , November 28th, 2010

by Giovanni & Mary, The Kennard, Bath, England, UK

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Pulteney Bridge, Bath, England

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath is well known as a romantic city with a winning combination of beautiful Georgian architecture, stunning scenery, luxurious accommodation and superb restaurants.

Bath Aerial ViewBath – with its intimate size, laid back atmosphere and countryside right on the doorstep – is the perfect destination for a very special break.

Roman Hot Springs, Bath, EnglandBath has the only natural thermal spring in Britain. You can visit the Roman Baths, some of the finest examples of remaining Roman architecture in the world, and its museum takes you on a journey of discovery through the history of Bath and its spa, or you can relax in the naturally warm waters of the new Thermae Bath Spa.

Thermae Spa, Bath, EnglandOpened in 2006, this modern spa complex, utilising pre-existing Georgian buildings is the only place in Britain to use naturally warm waters: bathe in the pools, relax in scented steam rooms and experience the thrill of looking out over the city from the roof-top pool. In the cold winter it’s even more exiting!

The water rises from a depth of 3,000 metres (10,000 ft) at over 1,000,000 litres (220,000 gallons) a day and remains at a constant temperature of 46 degrees C, reaching the surface in three places in the City centre.

Bath, England

Legend says that Bath was founded by the Celtic Prince Bladud – father of King Lear – in 863 BC after being cured from leprosy by the hot marshy springs in Swainswick, where Bath now stands.

But it is with the Romans that the hot waters were used for their own purposes: in the first century they built a temple and baths around it, the remains of which can be still seen today. The City became a religious shrine and bathing spa, with many people who would travel miles to enjoy the waters: exactly as today!

Bath Theatere RoyalIn winter Bath is also very special: fewer people in the streets allow you to fully enjoy the magical architecture; in shops, restaurants, bars, people have more time to talk to you and to share their knowledge of the Town with you, maybe suggesting a show at the Theatre Royal, recently re-furbished and reopened by the Duchess of Cornwall, its patron, where national companies often come to perform a new piece before taking it to London’s West-end.

Or a new exhibition in one of the many galleries, to buy an antique painting or a modern sculpture, or visit The Jane Austen Centre, celebrating the life of Jane Austen, perhaps the best known and best loved of Bath’s many famous residents and visitors. She paid two long visits here towards the end of the eighteenth century, and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home. Her intimate knowledge of the city is reflected in two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, which are largely set in Bath.

Pump Room, Bath, UKOr we can suggest you the right place to have afternoon tea – for us there is only one place in Bath: The Pump Room, a spectacular building with a spectacular room where the word “Grand” has a palpable meaning. Built in 1789 by the famous architect Thomas Baldwin, this is where Georgian aristocracy would meet for lunch and drink the recommended three glasses of water a day as a health cure.

It contains 43 minerals, and some people still believe that it has curative properties, but we certainly prefer a nice cup of English tea. Maybe with a scone and cream and strawberry jam…

Fashion Museum, BathThere is also the Fashion Museum, home to real examples of contemporary and historic fashion pieces, from the 18th century to the present day, which is currently displaying dresses that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, on loan from a number of private collectors.

The museum is in the lower floors of the Assembly rooms, a stunning example of Georgian architecture, in the 18th century centre of the elite society where they would go to dance, gamble, play cards, or exchange gossip. Completed in 1771 by John Wood the Younger, they are still at the centre of Bath life, with classical music concerts with internationally acclaimed musicians, spectacular parties or prestigious conferences.

Bath AbbeyOn Sunday you can listen to the boys’ Choir in Bath Abbey, the last of the great medieval churches of England. The West Front is unique as it depicts the dream that inspired the Abbey’s founder, Bishop Oliver King, to pull down the ruined Norman cathedral and raise the present building on its foundations.

Number 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, EnglandBut our very favourite museum is Number 1 Royal Crescent, the very first house to be built in John Wood’s masterpiece of Palladian design. The magnificent restored townhouse creates a wonderfully vital picture of fashionable life in 18th century Bath.

Bath, EnglandEach room is an exquisite example of Georgian interior design with authentic furniture, paintings, carpets and textiles. In each room a well-versed lady takes you back in time with stories of the past, anecdotes, and information.

But if all this history and culture is starting to be a little too much, fear not! We have one of the best shopping facilities of the Country with the brand new South Gate development, the refurbished Milson Place, the incredible number of independent shops and boutiques offering all the latest trends and fashions.

The Kennard, Bath, EnglandCome and enjoy Bath staying at The Kennard, a Georgian town house with its special charm and character, it is quietly situated within minutes of the city centre, Abbey and Roman baths, and is the ideal setting from which to enjoy the delights of this famous city. Built in 1794 for the Golden Age of Bath’s elegance and prosperity, the hotel has been thoughtfully restored to provide every modern comfort, including free Wi-Fi in every room.

In January only – Sunday to Thursday – you can take advantage of our Special Offer of 3 nights for the price of 2! Room rates from £98 per night for 2 persons, inclusive of our award winning full English breakfast, and parking. We are waiting for you! We are just around the corner from Pulteney Bridge (pictured below).

Featured Property: Galen C. Moses House – Bath, Maine

Author: , October 14th, 2010

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

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Galen C. Moses House - Bath, MaineBuilt in 1874 for Galen Clapp Moses, the house became an instant celebrity in Bath when Jim and Larry purchased it in 1994 to create a bed & breakfast. Departing from traditional local house colors, this Italianate structure was draped in the most vivid colors of plum, pink and teal, thus its nickname, “The Pink House”.

There are surprises throughout the house, from the elegant gardens and rooms filled with tasteful antiques to the full theatre located on the third floor and once used to entertain officers from the nearby Naval Air Station during World War II. The house contains a number of spirits, other than the sherry served at 5:00pm. Our ghosts, assuredly friendly, are likely to make their presence felt on a frequent basis. Early evening finds guests relaxing on the porches which surround the house or taking a leisurely stroll along the waterfront.

A full breakfast is served each morning and varies according to the cook’s mood. While juices, coffee and muffins are available for early risers and late sleepers, the full breakfast between 8:00am and 9:00am adds fresh fruit and such things as blueberry pancakes, mushroom quiche or sour cream and chive omelets.

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