COUNTRY LIVING LANSDOWN GROVE HOTEL
City breaks really are a marvellous idea – all the restaurants, all the shops, all the things to see and do you could want, and usually just a mere train ride away. But what if that urban respite came with a dose of country charm, the friendliness of a farmhouse and the easy comfort associated with a rural retreat? That was the thinking behind our sister magazine Country Living’s first hotel, which opened this summer in Bath (the second has just opened in Harrogate, too), with the ethos of being somewhere you would ‘escape your everyday’.
And right from the moment you catch sight of it, perched atop a hill overlooking the city, a Georgian mansion glowing with that delicious soft amber that Bath stone seems to radiate, it feels like you’re somewhere you can leave daily life behind. The vibe is a bit Neptune meets Soho House, all plump, high-backed armchairs in peacock blue or umber velvet, rich indigo or calming sage green walls, Bronte by Moon plaid throws and familiar, welcoming Cornishware mugs. The menu is organic, seasonal and locally sourced, the buffet breakfast abundantly plentiful and the dinner a list of British classics given hedgerow twists.
But my favourite spot is the bar. Encased in marble with chic chartreuse tiles and overlooking the gently sloping gardens, sipping a G&T from a fish bowl glass, twilight beginning to settle outside, it’s here you get a sense of the hotel’s casual serenity. Of course, it helps if you’ve spent the day in the hot waters of the Thermae Bath Spa in town (discounts are available through the hotel when you book your stay), and feasted on the afternoon tea, perhaps followed by a nap. You’ll find it hard not to be totally relaxed here. A real home away from home.
Clockwise from top left: enjoy British produce in the elegant Garden Room; a warm welcome awaits; the beautiful Grade Ii-listed building; Pip’s favourite spot, the chic and inviting bar; bedrooms combine country charm with modern luxuries