You possibly can spot Lansdown Street within the first season of Bridgerton in the event you’re fast with the pause button. You’ll see an arc of related, Georgian terraced homes, every with distinctive doorways. It’s the form of hilly, architecturally spectacular road that exemplifies Tub. And it’s the place you’ll discover the charming flat that I booked on Airbnb to dwell and work in through the fall of 2021. I had been to Tub as soon as earlier than, for a day journey once I was in school, and I all the time supposed to return, hopefully for an prolonged journey. Final 12 months, I used to be working remotely as a journey and content material author and determined it was the proper time.

It’s solely a mile, I advised myself as I bought off the prepare at Tub Spa railway station upon arrival. I can haul my two suitcases, a backpack, and a duffel bag that far

What I didn’t realise was that Tub, named a World Heritage Web site in 1987, isn’t simply traversed while you’re carrying a heavy load. Cobblestones may cause you to wobble, and hauling baggage up steep slopes after a red-eye isn’t cute. 

I additionally had forgotten one little factor. The flat I booked was third-floor, on the constructing’s prime flooring. Evidently, I used to be jet-lagged, sweaty, and fully out of breath once I unlocked the door to my new, albeit momentary, dwelling.

The exhaustion light as I explored the ethereal environment. Possibly it was as a result of I had familiarised myself with the itemizing’s pictures months forward of the journey, or possibly it was the simplicity and luxury of the decor – both approach, I instantly felt each relieved and secure upon arrival. As a solo feminine traveller, that’s a sense that can not be underestimated.

After a fast tour of each bedrooms, I selected the one towards the again of the flat. Though the mattress was smaller – a king, versus the tremendous king within the different room – the mauve partitions and rustic stylish decor evoked a Regency Period aesthetic that felt becoming for my prolonged keep. It additionally was quieter than the entrance bed room, which confronted the road. 

My room ignored the non-public automotive park (the place company can park without cost), the rolling inexperienced hills of the English countryside, and the rows of townhouses fabricated from Tub stone. One in every of Tub’s architectural emblems is its oolitic limestone, which is the color of honey and has been used because the early 18th century to assemble Southern England church buildings, homes, and railway stations.

Lansdown Street.

Lydia Mansel

The flat’s view of Tub and the hills past.

Lydia Mansel

I spent nearly all of my time within the flat within the cosy lounge. Two plush couches, a wise TV, a espresso desk, a non-working fire, bookshelves, and a eating room desk outfitted the spacious space. It was modest, comfy, and, most significantly, geared up with robust WiFi. The opposite rooms, together with the up to date lavatory and full kitchen, had been simply as accommodating. The host supplied loads of towels, cleaning soap, and all of the accoutrements required for cup of tea. There’s additionally a washer (no dryer), however company staying for longer durations of time can ask the host to modify out the sheets and quilt covers as wanted.