Hotel Highlights

  • On the Marquess of Bath's Longleat estate – minutes from Longleat House and Safari Park
  • Stylishly sexy rooms, within an ivy-clad cosy inn environment
  • Acclaimed restaurant serving simple-but-beautiful British fare

Overview

A boutique hotel hiding under the skin of a country-cosy inn, The Bath Arms offers a dose of stylish serenity on the Marquess of Bath's Longleat estate. Minutes from Longleat House and Safari Park, this hotel is ideal for families, yet its high-design romantic styling also makes it the perfect devilish weekend escape for two.

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Here's what you get for booking The Bath Arms with us:

A bottle of house wine with dinner

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

15.

Check–out

11am, but flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $174.89 (£104), excluding tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional of -2% per on check-out.

More details

During high season there is a minimum stay of two nights.

Also

For the best Bath Arms experience, ask for a room above the pub, rather than adjacent to it.

At the hotel

Retro skittles alley. In rooms: TV and DVD, free WiFi, Apothecary toiletries, hot drinks facilities.

Our favourite rooms

Bird in the Hand is a gorgeous double in chalky French tones; a huge Louis XV bed dominates the room. The ethno-modern hodgepodge decor of the newer Courtyard rooms sits a little uneasily alongside the more stylish rooms in the main house, so we'd plump for the latter every time.

Also

Weekend bookings require both Friday and Saturday nights. Guests are offered a 10 per cent discount on the Longleat 'Passport' entry to the house and safari park.

Children

Longleat Safari Park is on your doorstep, and a family of pigs in the hotel garden like to say hello. There is a charge of £20 per night for each child sharing a room with parents (maximum two children).

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Scarlet drapes and chandeliers hang above this restaurant specialising in locally sourced, non-fussy fare. 

Hotel Bar

Guests, locals and a big dalmatian hang out at the bar.

Last orders

The barman hangs up his towels at 11pm. The restaurant is open for breakfast (8am–10am), lunch (12 noon-2.30pm) and dinner (7pm–9pm).

Room service

You can order food to your room when the restaurant kitchen is open (see times above).

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Dress code

Dapper dog-walker chic.

Top table

Tucked away in a candelit corner at the back.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

For more local activities (aside from Longleat itself), plus a guide to the Smith pick of the region's best restaurants and pubs, check out our online guide to Wiltshire and the Cotwolds, as well as our guides to Bath and Northeast Somerset. At fellow Smith hotel the Beckford Arms (+44 (0)1747 870385), Pravin Nayar has returned to the restaurant with a menu of old favourites: pork pies and zingy piccalilli, the house burger, Brixham fish 'n' chips, and suckling pig on the open fire. Bath city centre is stuffed with eateries. Vaults Restaurant & Bar (01225 442 265) underneath the Theatre Royal on Sawclose is great for a piece of afternoon amaretti chocolate cake, or for a supper of steamed mussels. Cavendish Restaurant (01225 787960) in the Dukes Hotel on Great Pultney Street is tipped as the 'best place to eat in Bath' by staff at the Bath Arms. The lemongrass fragrance wafting from Thai vegetarian restaurant Shangri-La (01225 338200) on George Street is too tempting to pass by. For a mod-Med menu and views across 'green Bath' beyond Pulteney Bridge, book a table at Browns Restaurant & Bar (01225 461199) on Orange Grove. Afternoon tea is served 2pm5pm.

 

 

Local bars

A precious rarity in Bath, Bamboo Bar (01225 462276) on Barton Court, Upper Borough Walls boasts a courtyard treasure. Hidden from the main street, it doesn't get too busy offering lunchtime noodles under umbrellas, or evening tipples under heaters. Inside is an Oriental-themed bar. The Raven (01225 425045) on Queen Street is a messy, cosy pub, chock-full with rambling book shelves and mismatched chairs. Food is served 12pm–2.30pm and 6pm–8.30pm (Saturday: 12pm–8.30pm, Sunday: 12.30pm–4pm). The Salamander (01225 428889) on John Street, Queens Square, is a little pub with wood-panelled booths at the back, just perfect for fish and chips or a lunchtime steak sandwich. For a Manhatten or a Mint Julep, Central Bar (01225 333939) on Upper Borough Walls is a chilled cocktailerie, also offering paninis, salads and lashings of tagliatelle.

Local cafés

When in Bath, an afternoon visit to The Pump Room (01225 444477) in the Roman Baths on Stall Street is obligatory. To complete the Jane Austen experience of live strings, chandeliers, foxgloves and imperial columns, order the three tiers of afternoon tea for two. (Bookings are only taken Monday–Friday). For great coffee and rows and rows of handmade chocolates to pick from, Bar Chocolate next to Bang & Olufsen on Argyle Street is open 9am–6pm (11am–5pm Sundays). Try their choc-coated, sun-dried bananas. Riverside Café (01225 480532) below Pulteney Bridge is a great watery spot for lunch or a coffee overlooking the river. The House of Minerva (01225 464999) on Abbey Church Yard is the only licensed chocolate shop in the UK; they make chocolates in front of you, then serve it to you with champagne. Open 10.30am–6pm. See www.chocolatemaster.co.uk to find out about chocolate and champagne tastings. The pavement tables of Le Flamma (01225 443900) on George Street catch the last rays of evening sun, before the party moves inside to its leather and suede bar until 11pm (5pm on Sunday).

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Twisting lanes of Bath's Longleat estate

The Bath Arms

The Bath Arms at Longleat, The Common, Horningsham, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7LY, United Kingdom

Planes

Southampton airport is an hour and a half away by car. From London Heathrow, the drive should take around two hours.

Trains

The stations in Warminster and Frome are both just under five miles away. Direct trains to Bath take 40 minutes from Frome.

Automobiles

From the A303, it'll take you 15 minutes to reach the hotel. From Salisbury, it's around 45 minutes, using the A36.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Charlotte Crisp , Magazine maestro

I definitely act differently when I'm with Mr Smith and I’m sure no one’s listening. Not in a weirdo, baby-talking kind of way, I’m just louder, I sing inappropriately, and I generally blather on about all sorts of embarrassing twaddle. So I was alarmed, on the final morning of our stay at this boutique hotel in Bath, to discover that the 'vacant' room next to us in the attic ...

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The Bath Arms

Anonymous review by Charlotte Crisp, Magazine maestro

I definitely act differently when I'm with Mr Smith and I’m sure no one’s listening. Not in a weirdo, baby-talking kind of way, I’m just louder, I sing inappropriately, and I generally blather on about all sorts of embarrassing twaddle. So I was alarmed, on the final morning of our stay at this boutique hotel in Bath, to discover that the 'vacant' room next to us in the attic had, in fact, been occupied the whole time. Damn. My secret’s out. I’m not actually the cucumber-cool travelling sophisticat I like to make out to other guests at breakfast. No, I’m the one who let out that neighbour-disturbing howl in the middle of the night (at Mr Smith’s freezing bed toes), who turned up Rambo really loudly in our room (so I could hear it from the bath) and who generally screeched. A lot. Obviously I'm paranoid. After all, we didn't hear a peep from our neighbours all weekend, so it's doubtful they were aware of us either. Well, one can hope.

Rewinding to our first night, we were impressed to see the Bath Arms twinkling in the dark upon arrival, as fairy lights interlaced with ivy crept around the outside of the hotel. An inn on the Marquess of Bath's Longleat estate, we weren't sure whether to expect grand or humble lodgings – but this Mrs Smith was pleased to see a little serving of both. Just as they say inside every larger person is a thin version dying to escape, so inside this seemingly simple cosy pub was a network of surprisingly boutique-stylish boudoirs.

Check-in was a simple affair: just a handing over of keys and gin and tonics at the bar. Relaxed, drink-in-hand, we crept up wonky stairs and crouched under low ceilings, heading to our room Bird in the Hand. Taking a wrong turn, we briefly found ourselves in a treasure trove of a retro skittles alley. A long room crammed with invitingly soft Seventies brown leather armchairs and reading lamps and full of late-night whisky promise, we decided to return later for a midnight bowling session.

To our room. Past a hanging image of a scary topless girl (that was to signal arrival at Bird in the Hand from thereon in) and we were 'home'. Dripping in chalky tones, a huge pastel-French bed sits proudly in the room, and matching nightstands and a writing desk perch delicately under sloped old ceilings. Peeking through the latched cottage door to the bathroom, I was pleased to see a bundle of Apothecary goodies waiting for us. One quick unpack into a gorgeously-rickety old wardrobe later, and we were ready to head downstairs for more G&Ts-for-two.

Officially, we'd arrived too late for supper, but the restaurant fixed us a tasty 'It's ok, we can offer you a quick ham, egg and chips' supper. The pub may be cosy and the food straightforward, but the Bath Arms' restaurant is a dramatically draped affair of scarlet sumptuousness, chandeliers and candlelight. It's literally worth staying in for. When we mentioned to the girls behind the bar that we hadn't booked a restaurant for the following night, a little quiet 'tut tut' signified we'd have trouble getting a table anywhere in Bath (Smith tip: book your restaurants in Bath a week before arrival). But after the waitress rang her friend at Bath's favourite, the Cavendish Restaurant, hey presto: we were in.

But back to our Friday night, and lolling by the bar, two dogs ran circles around us as we sank into a deep red shiraz and an even deeper sofa. A hotch potch of embroidered cushions and old hunting pictures are mixed up with low nursing-style chairs and a birdcage-turned-bookcase. Full up and feeling tired at last orders, we retired to our room to watch Rambo (honestly, no euphemism) so I could sip a room-made elderflower tea (and wonder at exactly when I stopped being rock and roll) and so Mr Smith could sip a brandy before eight hours of blissful 'zzzs'.

I've been woken by some funny things in my time. Foxes screaming, car alarms, naked goths running down the street (I could tell they were goths from the long hair and eyeliner) – but this particular day, sunshine streaming through a tiny knee-height window next to my pillow roused me. One plateful of scrambled egg and salmon under the watchful eye of the Marquess of Bath later (the portrait, not the man himself) and we were ready to drive into Bath. But first, a quick detour – and near 'pig-napping' miss –  past the hotel's three piglets inspired us to head across to Longleat House and Safari Park, just at the end of the lane. Two hours and one broken car aerial (those pesky monkeys) later, we left Longleat, whiling the rest of the day away in the boutiques and cocktaileries of Bath – a 40-minute drive away. Funniest moment of the day: Mr Smith twitching over his clotted cream scone in the Pump Room at the Roman Baths. What greater test of love than to miss the FA Cup Final for a cream tea with his wife?

Hand-dived, succulent scallops, butter roasted turbot and a secluded courtyard proved the Cavendish Restaurant was as excellent as we'd been promised – even if there were naff carnations on our table. Arriving back at the hotel and collapsing with food exhaustion, we flopped in the below-bedroom bar, glad of the short stagger upstairs to bed.

The ostriches, lions and lamas right under your nose at Longleat Safari Park make the Bath Arms  a perfect family escape. But it's so much more than that. With high-design interior styling packaged inside a country-cosy pub setting just the right side of twee, this is a pass-the-parcel boutique-style surprise in the depths of Longleat countryside that's definitely worth unwrapping. But don't forget: no matter how cute they look, avoid those car aerial-loving little monkeys. At all costs.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Bath Arms's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on 20 Feb 2014

We loved

I loved the room furnishings, done in the style of the Marquess of Bath's Kama Sutra room at Longleat.

Don’t expect

The corners of bed could do with rounding off as people do bash into them when walking across that particular room – even the head housekeeper has had plenty of mishaps.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 30 Dec 2013

We loved

Another fantastic stay at The Bath Arms – peace, quiet, comfort and incredible food and drink.

Rating: 9/10 stars