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Beckford deluxe double bedroom
Beckford is one of our large deluxe doubles and features a king-size bed, additional sofa and armchairs and a window seat along the large bay windows. Up to two foldaway extra beds can be set up, leaving still enough space for everybody to relax in comfort.
Beckford with fold out beds   Beckford seating area
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Beckford has "zip-and-link" beds. The mattresses can be linked with a zip, so that the bed can used either as a king-size or two single beds.
Bed size (as king-size) (approx: 180 x 200 cm/6' x 6'6")
Bed size (as two singles) (approx: 90 x 200 cm/3' x 6'6")

Foldaway beds (approx: 80 x 190 cm/2'8" x 6'2")
The foldaway beds are not recommended for adults or large children, as they are slightly narrower and not as comfortable as regular beds.

 

We use duvets on our beds. If you prefer blankets, please let us know before arrival.

 

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WILLIAM BECKFORD

William Beckford (1760 – 1844) was an English novelist, art critic, travel writer and politician. He was Member of Parliament for Wells and Hindon at different periods.

Beckford was born in the family's London home at Soho Square. Aged ten, he inherited a large fortune from his father, a former Lord Mayor of London, William Beckford, consisting of £1 million in cash, land at Fonthill (including the Palladian mansion Fonthill Splendens) in Wiltshire, and several sugar plantations in Jamaica. This allowed him to indulge his interest in art and architecture, as well as writing.

Beckford journeyed in Italy in 1782 and wrote a book on his travels: Dreams, Waking Thoughts and Incidents (1783). Shortly afterwards came his best-known work, the Gothic novel Vathek (1786), written, as he was accustomed to boast, in a single sitting of three days and two nights. There is reason, however, to believe that this was a flight of his imagination. Vathek is an impressive work, full of fantastic and magnificent conceptions. His other principal writings were Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters (1780), a satirical work; and Letters from Italy with Sketches of Spain and Portugal (1835).

Beckford's fame, however, rests as much upon his eccentric extravagances as a builder and collector as upon his literary efforts. In undertaking his buildings he managed to dissipate his fortune (estimated by his contemporaries to give him an income £100,000 a year. The loss of his Jamaican sugar plantation was particularly costly. Only £80,000 of his capital remained at his death.

In 1822, he moved to Bath where he bought 20 Lansdown Crescent and 1 Lansdown Place West, joining them with a one-storey arch thrown across a driveway (still to be seen today). In 1836 he also bought 18 and 19 Lansdown Crescent (leaving 18 empty to ensure peace and quiet).

He spent his later years at Lansdown Crescent from where he commissioned architect Henry Goodridge to design a spectacular folly on Lansdown Hill (Lansdown Tower). Now known as Beckford's Tower, this is where he kept many of his treasures. It is now owned by the Bath Preservation Trust and operated by the Beckford Tower Trust as a museum.

After his death at Lansdown Crescent aged 84, his body was laid in a sarcophagus placed on an artificial mound, as was the custom of Saxon kings from whom he claimed to be descended. Beckford had wished to be buried in the grounds of Lansdown Tower, but was instead interred at Bath Abbey cemetery in Lyncombe Vale on 11 May 1844. The Tower was sold to a local publican, who turned it into a beer garden. Eventually however it was bought back by Beckford's elder daughter, the Duchess of Hamilton. This enabled Beckford to be re-buried near the Tower that he so loved. His self-designed tomb — a massive sarcophagus of pink polished granite with bronze armorial plaques — now stands on a hillock in the centre of an oval ditch. On one side of his tomb is a quotation from Vathek: "Enjoying humbly the most precious gift of heaven to man – Hope".

  william beckford