The Bath Priory
- Style Club Victoriana
- Setting Leafy Victoria Park
The Bath Priory hotel in Bath, part of the Gidleigh collection (which includes Gidleigh Park, Amberley Castle and Lower Slaughter Manor), brings all the joys of the country to its city setting. With traditional decor, a stately Michelin-starred restaurant and grounds fit for a country manor, you won’t guess you’re a 15-minute stroll from town.
Need to know
- Rooms 33, including six Crescent Suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $265.39 (£163), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Spa, gardens, a library of books and DVDs, gym and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Vi-Spring bed and free bottled water.
- Poolside There’s a terrace at the bottom of the garden with a heated outdoor pool. The spa has a heated indoor pool with French doors leading straight out onto the gardens.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome. Cots and extra beds can be provided. Babysitting with a local nanny costs £10 an hour (book 48 hours in advance).
- Also There are two dog-friendly rooms for those with pooches past the 10-month mark (no puppies allowed); the hotel charges £10 per pet, per night, and you’ll get a dog basket and bowl if you need one.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Each room bears the name of a bloom, in honour of the flora-filled grounds. Moringa is the most exotic, with a freestanding scarlet bath tub by the bed, golden walls and paintings of animals on the walls. Orchid and Peony come joint second, with a striking scheme of bright colours and leopard prints. For a guaranteed great night’s sleep, book into Honeysuckle: the suspension system of its Ammique bed will hold you in the perfect pose all night.
- Packing tips A copy of William Cobbett’s 19th-century horticulture manual, The English Gardener, to help you appreciate the grounds.
- Also The Garden Spa has four treatment rooms, including a double with a walk-in shower, and a fitness suite. Book the award-winning Awakening treatment, which starts with a foot soak using Australian flowers, and includes a massage, hair mask and facial.
Food and drink at The Bath Priory
- Hotel restaurant Michelin-starred Sam Moody oversees the menu of Modern European food served in the formal Brown’s Dining Room, which is actually two rooms joined together – the assorted nooks make it feel intimate. It’s traditional, with crisp linens, polished crystal, striped velvet chairs and jewel-coloured banquettes. Don’t miss the cauliflower cappuccino with truffle oil, slow-cooked breast of duckling with orange purée, braised chicory and anise sauce, or seared Brixham scallops with couscous and cumin velouté.
- Dress code Mr Smith, the restaurant’s dress code requires shoes and a shirt with a collar; jackets are also preferred. Mrs Smith, get those silk dresses and sparkly earrings out.
- Top table When it’s hot, sit out on the terrace with a sundowner and selection of canapés. The bays by the window have the best view of the gardens; the banquettes are the most comfortable.
- Last orders During the week, breakfast is on offer between 7.30am and 10am; at weekends, it’s 8am–10am. Lunch is 12.30pm until 2.30pm; dinner is from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
- Room service A menu of salads, risottos and sandwiches can be delivered between 11am and 11pm.
- Hotel bar There’s no designated bar, but drinks are served in the drawing rooms, library and on the terrace. In summer, a bar is set up outside.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details