You can spot Lansdown Road in the first season of Bridgerton if you’re quick with the pause button. You’ll see an arc of connected, Georgian terraced houses, each with distinctive doors. It’s the kind of hilly, architecturally impressive street that exemplifies Bath, England. And it’s where you’ll find the charming flat that I booked on Airbnb to live and work in during the fall of 2021. I had been to Bath once before, for a day trip when I was in college, and I always intended to return, hopefully for an extended trip. Last year, I was working remotely as a travel and content writer and decided it was the perfect time.
It’s only a mile, I told myself as I got off the train at Bath Spa railway station upon arrival. I can haul my two suitcases, a backpack, and a duffel bag that far.
What I didn’t realize was that Bath, named a World Heritage Site in 1987, is not easily traversed when you’re carrying a heavy load. Cobblestones can cause you to wobble, and hauling luggage up steep slopes after a red-eye isn’t cute.
I also had forgotten one little thing. The flat I booked was a third-floor walk-up, the building’s top unit. Needless to say, I was jet-lagged, sweaty, and completely out of breath when I unlocked the door to my new, albeit temporary, home.
The exhaustion faded as I explored the airy surroundings. Maybe it was because I had familiarized myself with the listing’s photos months ahead of the trip, or maybe it was the simplicity and comfort of the decor—either way, I immediately felt both relieved and safe upon arrival. As a solo female traveler, that’s a feeling that cannot be underestimated.
After a quick tour of both bedrooms, I chose the one toward the back of the flat. Although the bed was smaller—a king, as opposed to the super king in the other room—the mauve walls and rustic chic decor evoked a Regency Era aesthetic that felt fitting for my extended stay. It also was quieter than the front bedroom, which faced the street.
My room overlooked the private car park (where guests can park for free), the rolling green hills of the English countryside, and the rows of townhouses made of Bath stone. One of Bath’s architectural trademarks is its oolitic limestone, which is the color of honey and has been used since the early 18th century to construct Southern England churches, houses, and railway stations.
I spent the majority of my time in the flat in the cozy living room. Two plush couches, a smart TV, a coffee table, a non-working fireplace, bookshelves, and a dining room table outfitted the spacious area. It was modest, comfortable, and, most importantly, equipped with strong Wi-Fi. The other rooms, including the updated bathroom and full kitchen, were just as accommodating. The host provided plenty of towels, soap, and all the accoutrements required for a good cup of tea. There’s also a washing machine (no dryer, as is par for the course in the UK), but guests staying for longer periods of time can ask the host to switch out the sheets and duvet covers as needed.