Little Solsbury Hill, Bath

The Straw Bale Lodge

Welcome to the beautiful Straw Bale Lodge hidden on top of the iconic Little Solsbury Hill, with fabulous outlook and views, within minutes of the centre of Bath, and yet a world away from the “madding crowd". Approached via a track along the side of the hill, the cob fronted Straw Bale Lodge is discreet and yet accessible offering a romantic retreat for all seasons....from the green fuse of spring meadows and mid-summer picnics on the hill watching the larks rise, through autumn colours and ethereal valley mists, to a blazing wood burner and the cosiness of mid winter.

With reclaimed wood and a touch of the East, The Straw Bale Lodge offers a calming space, which, together with the convenience and comfort of modern day living, make for an ideal romantic escape.

Set within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Solsbury Hill, made famous by Peter Gabriel's eponymous song, has much history as well as beauty. Once an Iron Age Fort, it is thought to have been one of the locations of King Arthur's battles. Walking straight out onto the hill, the flat top circuit walk gives panoramic views of Bath and the surrounding countryside as far as the White Horse at Westbury and the Marlborough Downs. A variety of walks lead off the hill from all corners down into the surrounding valleys and the village of Northend.

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The Bathroom

The Bathroom comes complete with beautiful walk-in limestone shower and a skylight above the tub for a soak under the stars.

The Hot Tub

The Hot Tub which is heated by a wood-fired stove, is for your own private use and sits just outside the Straw Bale Lodge. With uninterrupted views over the valley, it is gravity filled with water from the ancient spring that was used by the Iron Age fort, on top of Solsbury Hill. Lazily take in the sunrise or make a toast under the night sky – whatever time of day, the hot tub provides a luxurious way to thoroughly relax.


Check-in anytime from 4pm onwards
Checkout by 10am

To make the most of your stay and in particular the walks, please ensure you bring wellies and appropriate country clothing.
In the event of snow and ice the climb up the hill can be tricky so please contact us before attempting it!

Luxury Double Bed
Luxury Linen and Towels provided (with Goosedown duvet and pillows)
Lightweight dressing gowns are provided

A selection of Teas, Nespresso coffee, including a jug of milk provided on arrival
Smeg Gas Hob and Electric Oven
Fridge with Freezer compartment
Nespresso coffee machine- coffee supplied
Toaster/Electric Kettle
Chimenea Clay Oven/BBQ outside - view instructions
A full range of quality kitchen utensils and implements supplied
A beautiful selection of china and crockery provided

Mains connected bathroom
Walk-in limestone tiled Shower
Freestanding deep double-ended Bath
Basin and WC
Endless hot-water! (gas-fired combi boiler)
Organic complimentary body wash is provided

Electric Lighting
Plug Sockets
Good Mobile Signal and WIFI available
Hairdryer, Iron and small Ironing board provided
For the romantic - tea lights are also provided

Central Heating
Wood-Burner - Kindling and Logs provided
Endless hot-water! (gas-fired combi boiler)

Bluetooth speaker
Games - Scrabble/Chess/Backgammon/Playing Cards
A selection of Books

The fee for the hot tub, should you choose to use it, is £40. The hot tub is for your exclusive use, for the entirety of your stay; it is heated via a wood burning stove and we supply as much wood as you need. When you arrive, you will find it has been filled with fresh spring water and a fire laid, ready for you to light. Within the Straw Bale Lodge, you will find detailed instructions on how to light the hot tub, please read these very carefully - and be aware that it will take approximately 3 hours for the water to get up to a comfortable temperature.

The Straw Bale Lodge is peacefully nestled in the heart of the countryside, where you will feel very close to nature. You are likely to see a variety of birds from house sparrows and our resident doves to red kites. During the summer months, you will find cows quietly roaming Solsbury Hill and as the lodge is made of straw and shrouded by hazelnut trees, you are likely to hear nature on the roof sometimes too!

While the Straw Bale Lodge is far from the Madding Crowd. The local high street is just a 1 mile, (20 minute) walk down the hill (and worth noting, a steep 1 mile walk back up!).

The high street is very well equipped with a post office, chemist, two convenience stores, a pub ‘The George and Dragon’, a fish and chip shop ‘Robbie’s Plaice’, an Indian restaurant/ takeaway ‘Easton Spice’ and our favourite, the wonderful ‘Gather Café’. There is also a hairdresser, dentist and vets should you need one.

Regular buses go into the centre of Bath and out to local villages from the high street and taxis are available to take you to and from the city centre. You will find numbers for Taxi firms in our information book.
Bath also has a scooter scheme (get the app via which may interest you.

Eating Spaces

Enjoy sitting out and watching the view on the outside terrace or a cup of tea next to the fire.


The Straw Bale Lodge, Hilltop,
Little Solsbury, Northend,
Bath, BA1 7JQ
The Lodge is conveniently located just off the A46, 15 minutes from Junction 18 of the M4. The Lodge is also just a ten minute drive from Bath Station.

We are located 90 minutes from London by Train.




The Lodge is available all year round.
Unfortunately the Lodge is not suitable for children.



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