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OVERVIEW

This large, peaceful hotel on the outskirts of Bath is set in an attractive Georgian mansion, with pleasant grounds housing a tufa grotto and temple. Interiors feel a little tired, although there's a good spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna and steam room. Overall it's a tranquil place to spend your visit; any four-legged friends will enjoy exploring the seven acres of grounds which contain a 250-year-old cedar of Lebanon and two beehives housing 100,000 bees.

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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel enjoys a rather peaceful location tucked away on a hillside, 15-minutes' walk from the city centre. It's set in its own verdant grounds - a quiet haven perfect to retreat to after a long day's sightseeing. Less than a ten-minute stroll away is The Holburne Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art in the city's Grade II-listed Sydney Gardens.

By car: around 3 hours from London, 4 hours from Manchester and 35 minutes from Bristol. There is free onsite parking.

By train: London Paddington to Bath Spa station takes 1 hour 20 minutes. The station is a 25-minute walk away (or 7 minutes in a taxi). thetrainline.com

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The building itself is very handsome: a honey-hued Georgian mansion dating back to the 1830s, with a grand entrance and delightful main terrace and fountain overlooking the gardens. Within, the décor seeks to blend contemporary and classic, although the interiors are in need of some TLC. The hotel caters to a range of guests, from familes with a children to elderly couples.

THE FACILITIES

Facilities are good, with a pleasant spa (a highlight of the hotel), complete with sauna, ice room, steam room and salt room. There are verdant grounds and attractive meeting rooms flooded with natural light. Staff are obliging and get on with their job. Dogs are allowed in ground floor rooms.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Two swimming pools
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms are decked out in tones of silver-grey and brown (some have four poster beds), with black and white photos of Bath on the walls. All have large windows allowing for plenty of light, although they are in need of some TLC, especially the bathrooms. Rooms come with Nespresso machines.

Room types: Courtyard Double, Standard Double/ Twin, Deluxe Double/ Twin, Super Deluxe, Suite, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Sadly, the food is not the hotel's strong point although Bath's lively dining scene will ensure you won't leave the city feeling hungry. Guests can enjoy a tipple at the bar and, during warmer months , head to the main terrace for drinks al fresco.

Vellore: modern British cuisine, dishes include venison fillet and sea bass with puy lentils. Open daily 6-10pm.

Drawing Room: afternoon tea. Open daily 12-4pm. Tea from £30pp.

Colonnade Bar: drinks and cocktails.

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