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WHAT WE LOVE...

Set in 10 acres of lawned grounds a few miles from Bath, this privately-owned, mid-sized Georgian and Victorian country house hotel was recently given a complete facelift. It now has an arty and quite trendy feel. Public areas are livened up with collections of quirky artefacts, and bedrooms, some in the main building, others in a new annexe conversion, are all individually decorated - the best have private outdoor hot tubs. The restaurant has wide-ranging, crowd-pleasing menus, and a big outdoor terrace is set up for al fresco drinking and eating all year. A spa, whose facilities include an outdoor swimming pool heated year round, is another selling point. The hotel works well for couples, families and guests with dogs.

THE DETAILS

THE LOCATION

Set back from the bustling A36, the hotel enjoys a visual shield of trees, although traffic noise can still be heard. Behind the property, open fields stretch out, offering delightful views across the Avon Valley. Just a mile away is Freshford, one of the most picturesque villages in the region, which serves as a lovely starting point for scenic riverside walks.

Six miles south of Bath, about a 15-minute drive, depending on traffic.

By car: the hotel is 2 hours 40 mins from London, 2 hours from Birmingham and 1 hour 40 mins from Southampton. There is free parking on-site.

By train: London Paddington to Bath Spa takes 1 hour 20 mins. After that either take a 15-minute taxi to the hotel, or a 20-minute connection to Freshford then a 5-minute taxi. Book trains to Bath Spa.

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CHARACTER & STYLE

With the space and comfortable ambience reminiscent of a country house hotel but with a modern and relaxed atmosphere, this destination is popular with couples and families. Interiors offer interesting muses to ponder, from framed stuffed birds and portraits of Hollywood icons to tapestries depicting country life.

THE FACILITIES

There's a generosity of spirit about the hotel, evident in perks like guest access to a complimentary larder stocked with treats such as biscuits, sweets, ice cream and soft drinks. The Taylors are proprietors of another hotel in Bath (The Bird) and actively oversee operations, whilst their staff are highly attentive.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Gardens
  • Heated pool
  • Spa
  • Family-friendly
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

ROOMS

Individually, brightly coloured rooms offer one-off artworks, prettily-patterned cushions and chandeliers. The higher grade rooms feature spacious, upscale bathrooms equipped with a standalone bathtub and a walk-in rainforest shower.

Room types: Elegant, Marvellous, Junior Suite, Hot Tub Suite, Mallingford Mews

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with 100 Acres Apothecary toiletries, Hypnos mattress, coffee-making facilities, homemade biscuits, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD & DRINK

Homewood's restaurant, Olio, presents a diverse menu featuring Mediterranean-inspired and classic British dishes crafted from local ingredients. There's also a snug, art-filled bar, an elegantly adorned dining room and a spacious terrace suitable for year-round dining and drinking. The Sunday lunch sharing board, includes local roast beef and pork loin and a mushroom and butternut squash nut roast.

Olio: Mediterranean dishes, local produce, small plates, pizzas, outdoor terrace. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £18.

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