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OVERVIEW

An eclectically decorated, art-filled Georgian/Victorian country-house hotel, set in expansive grounds a few miles from Bath. With a well-equipped spa and some bedrooms featuring outdoor hot tubs, it's a great bolthole for couples, but families are also very welcome. The locally-sourced food is good, and you can dine outside on a big terrace any time of year.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Six miles south of Bath, about a 15-minute drive, depending on traffic. The hotel is set back from the busy A36 - though trees visually block the road from the hotel, traffic is audible. At the rear of the property lie open fields, and pleasant views unfurl across the Avon Valley. Freshford, a mile away, is one of the prettiest villages in the area, and starting point for lovely riverside walks.

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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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Owners Ian and Christa Taylor have really jazzed up Homewood, filling it with an eclectic array of arrestingly-presented art and objects - from a topiary giraffe and bear outside to sets of Staffordshire dog figurines, wall and carriage clocks and a cluster of mismatched chandeliers in public areas. The overall effect is fun, smart and unstuffy.

THE FACILITIES

The Taylors, who have a second hotel in Bath (The Bird), are hands-on, and staff are engaged. There's a generosity of spirit about the hotel - for example, guests have access to a larder of complimentary snacks, like biscuits, sweets, ice cream and soft drinks.

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

BED AND BATH

The bedrooms are all individually designed, typically with upbeat colour schemes, prettily-patterned cushions, chandeliers and one-off artworks. Higher-grade rooms have big fancy bathrooms with a separate bath and 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 AND DRINK

Olio, Homewood's restaurant, offers a wide range of Mediterranean-inspired and classic British dishes utilising local ingredients. Along with a cosy, art-filled bar and chandelier-festooned dining room, there's a large terrace designed for drinking and eating the whole year round.

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

Valentine's Bar: cocktails, draught and bottled beers, premium spirits, fine wines. Open every day noon-11pm.

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