No need to wrangle an invite from the Darcys – you’ll be welcomed like the belle of the ball at boutique hotel Homewood. Just outside of Bath, this Georgian estate has gone scandalously modern, with a clutch of individually designed rooms, a mod-British restaurant and a spa of its own (in case the 20-minute journey to the Roman baths is too taxing). You’ll feel like the lord or lady of the manor; corsets optional.
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11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £118.80, including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates usually include Continental and full English breakfasts.
The main part of Homewood is Georgian – with some Victorian additions – but the foundations of the original building date all the way to the 13th century, when it reportedly belonged to the nearby Carthusian Priory.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, Smeg coffee machine and kettle, and home-made biscuits.
Our favourite rooms
The spacious Junior Suite is in the original part of the house and has an impressive roll-top bath tub. Some Deluxe Garden Suites have private outdoor hot tubs. When in Bath…
The outdoor pool sits by the spa and is heated to an ahhhh-inducing 28°C.
Book in for holistic Ila treatments: glow-giving facials, detoxifying body scrubs, bespoke massages and relaxing reflexology sessions. There are two treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room and a hydrotherapy pool that looks out over the heated outdoor pool and gardens.
Bring your most fetching swimwear and outdoor gear suitable for genteel countryside rambles.
Common areas (the bar, restaurant and meeting rooms) are on the ground floor, along with some of the guest rooms – but they’re not specifically adapted for wheelchair users.
Pets are welcome in most rooms (except Classic Doubles) for £25 a night. A dog bed, food bowls and a box full of treats will be waiting for your canine companion. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bath.
All ages are welcome. Highchairs are available in the restaurant and there are 10 acres of gardens with croquet and other outdoor games available. Extra beds can be added to suites and local babysitters can be arranged on request.
Ask for a table at the back of the restaurant next to the window with a view of the garden.
The restaurant is comfortingly informal, so don your cosiest jumpers and most dashing country-walk-wear.
The locally loved restaurant is decorated with a charming hodgepodge of mismatched tables, chairs and lighting, and original artwork adds an extra splash of colour. Chef Jamie Forman is the creative mind behind the seasonal, mod-British menus, sourcing his ingredients from trusted local suppliers. Settle in for oven-baked scallops in garlic butter, twice-baked cheese soufflé, grilled aubergine topped with spiced hazelnut crumb and pumpkin gnocchi in a goat’s-cheese sauce. Breakfast – always homely and relaxed – is served in the restaurant or out on the terrace. There’s a Continental spread of cereals, granola, fruits, pastries, cheeses, cured meats and fresh juices, along with a menu of cooked-to-order morning favourites.
Full of cosy corners – and with one antique-clock-lined wall – the bar is well stocked with English wines, local ales and creative cocktails inspired by the rolling countryside. In winter, pull up an armchair by the fireplace and sip on local beers and ciders. In warmer months, go for a refreshing English Strawberry Fizz or a zingy Rhubarb and Ginger.
Homewood is hidden at the end of a long private drive in the Bath countryside.
Bristol International Airport is an hour’s drive from the hotel and Heathrow’s just under two hours away by car.
Great Western Rail services pull into Bath Spa station, 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Hotel transfers for up to four people can be arranged for £12 each way.
Wheeling in from the city? There’s free on-site parking at Homewood.
Worth getting out of bed for
Indulge in afternoon tea (there’s a vegan option, too), curl up with a classic novel by one of the many fireplaces, explore the vast grounds by bicycle or swim leisurely laps in the heated outdoor pool.
Take in the views from Prior Park Landscape Garden– home to the world-famous (and much-filmed) Palladian Bridge. Perched above Bath, it’s the place for panoramic views over the surrounding countryside; there’s also a secret landscaped garden and a scene-stealing summerhouse glade. Check out the impressive collection at Holburne Museum for a hit of art and culture; the permanent display boasts bronze figurines, porcelain and portraits by some of the greatest artists of the 18th century. Temporary exhibits have included Matisse’s line drawings and some Rembrandt sketches. Prefer wearable art? Get the skinny on corsets through the ages, see how fashion has changed since Jane’s time and catch highlights from the latest designers at Bath’s Fashion Museum.
When in Rome… or, a former settlement of Roman Britain, it’d be a shame to miss the star attraction. The current iteration of the Roman Baths – a beautifully preserved thermae in the city centre – sit on the site of a temple constructed circa 70AD. Take a tour to learn more about the first spa-goers, then make your way to the New Royal Bath on the rooftop of Thermae Bath Spa for your own soak session.
Head to Wild Café for all-day brunch – fruit-laden pancake stacks, full English breakfasts and egg-topped bubble and squeak. Stop by The Kingsmead Kitchen for toasted ciabatta sandwiches, mezze plates and seasonal pasta dishes. For dinner out on the town, book a table at Chez Dominique. Start with dukkah-sprinkled scallops or Dorset crab risotto before moving on to mains of aged sirloin steak, grilled hake or savoury celeriac tart. Remember to save room for dessert – blackberry crème brûlée, French cheeses or locally made ice-cream – and your sweet tooth will thank you.
Appropriately moody bar The Dark Horse is full of cosy nooks and low-lit alcoves. The locally focused drinks menu is chock full of English wines, liqueurs and spirits; all of the beers are from the South West, and fruit and herbs are sourced (or foraged) from near Bath.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Great British countryside and unpacked their first-edition novel and bottle of sparkling English wine, a full account of their bucolic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Homewood in Bath…
Original Georgian features, roaring fires and antiques sit alongside quirky statement art and lighting at Bath’s Homewood hotel. No need to actually be landed gentry (though you may start to feel like you are) to take the waters in the hotel’s pretty spa or enjoy afternoon tea while surveying your estate – erm, Homewood’s grounds. Wake up to fortifying breakfasts in the cosy restaurant and spend the day rambling through nearby parks or hitting the historical highlights in Bath’s city centre. In the evening, settle in for leisurely modern-British dinners and English-made tipples by the hearth – take your pick of fireplaces – before diving into your cloud-like bed.
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