Welcome to The Merchant’s House Boutique Bed and Breakfast
in Frome near Bath, Somerset
This Boutique B&B and Apartment Suite is situated right in the heart of the old market town of Frome which flourished at the time the house was built in the 1690’s when the wool trade was the bedrock of wealth here.
This classic Queen Anne house transports you back centuries with its elm beamed kitchen ceiling, original exposed stone walls and flagstone floor through which a stream runs. Juxtaposed with this is the contemporary comfort of the light decor, ornate mirrors and indulgent bathing either in the double ended cast iron bath tub of the Lavender room or the limestone wet room of the Sunflower room giving a touch of hotel style glamour. Lovely touches include local organic lavender bathing products, fluffy and waffle dressing gowns, candles and fresh cut flowers.
Apartment Suite style Frome accommodation is also available in 'The Little Merchant'. This wing of the Grade II* listed property is ideal for lovebirds looking for a classy yet cosy bolt hole, with its own section of courtyard garden.
At the foot of the Mendips, Frome is one of England’s last remaining West Country towns with more listed buildings than any other. It is punctuated with churches and chapels on a hillside overlooking the river once powering the dozen or so wool mills that banked it, prior to steam taking over. An old coaching inn provides hearty local food and the Griffin pub at the end of our lane produces its own ale.
The cobbled shopping street of Catherine Hill and Cheap Street down which a stream flows can’t go without a mention for their eclectic mix of independent shops. The town is vibrant and interesting with an abundance of markets and auctions of various kinds held at least twice a week.
Its appeal is for those wishing to have a change from everyday busy existence by combining relaxation and indulgence with walks either to the bustling shops , markets, restaurants and pubs in town or out into the beautiful surrounding countryside; and then Bath is a mere 11 miles up the road.
SIX OF THE BEST IN FROME...
1. Best Walk
Through Vallis via Great Elm to Mells along a charming stream where historical ruins of iron smelting works can be explored in the gorge.
2. Best Pub
The Griffin for their own ale and live music.
3. Best Restaurant
The Archangel, a 16th century coaching inn with an excellent menu of locally sourced produce.
4. Best Shopping
Catherine Hill for vintage and the Artisan Market held on 1st Sunday of each month (Spring - Autumn and December).
5. Best Gallery
Black Swan showcases an intriguing array of renowned regional artists and craftsmen.
6. Best Music Venue
The Cheese & Grain and Rook Lane for their mix of folk, rock and classical programmes.