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Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa, Warminster, Wiltshire
This compact Georgian country house has 27 acres of grounds that include neolithic long barrows, a private stretch of river and an Elemis spa. Sitting outside Warminster, the hotel has experienced new owners who have big plans for it. The hotel suits travellers on their way to the coast as well as families seeking spacious, duplex accommodation and couples wanting a country break. The spa is another big draw and the outdoor pool and hot tub are worthy of a dip at any time of year. The interiors have a quirky style and every bedroom is being refurbished. The restaurant's food is highly enjoyable and breakfasts are long and lazy.
There is a good mix of countryside and sightseeing nearby.
Cranborne Chase AONB is right on your doorstep at this hotel. Historic Frome is 20 minutes by car.
By car: around 1 hour 15 minutes from Bristol, 3 hours from London and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Warminster (via Bath) takes under 2 hours. It's a 5-minute taxi ride to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits everyone from spa bunnies to weekenders, while also being a great choice for families who want private living space with hotel facilities adjacent. We loved the intriguing knick knacks and textile art, from the framed collection of bejewelled purses to the giant, modernist vases.
Service & Facilities
The cocktails - which included a perfectly blended blackberry and rosemary mojito - were fun to relax with beside the fire.
- Fitness centre
- Swimming pool
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
A few of the ground-floor rooms are canine-friendly and there is plenty of space for walkies.
The Duplex Suite has a dining table and lounge downstairs, while upstairs has a large bedroom and bathroom. Even the Cosy rooms at Bishopstrow are a good size.
Cosy, Comfy, Roomy, Loft, Junior Suite, Oval Room, Classic Suite, Duplex Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, spa access, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We loved the mackerel starter, with the fish lying on a bed of crunchy fennel in a honey soy sauce. Our favourite dish was tender guinea fowl served in a rich, black olive sauce and sprouts. It felt like a warm hug on a cold day.
The Restaurant: 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant and alfresco dome dining. Modern British cuisine, seasonal menus. Open daily for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
The Bar: cosy bar and terrace. Creative cocktails, light bites and sandwiches. Open daily, 11am-11pm.