On reflection, it probably wasn’t a wise idea to go to a friend’s housewarming and drink a few glasses of prosecco the night before heading to Bath for a detox mini break. Fortunately we arrived in Bath in one piece and had a quick breakfast at Cafe au Lait, which, very conveniently, happened to be opposite the station. It seemed like a great plan when I suggested to my sister that we walk from the cafe to the hotel* – “we’ll get our bearings, breathe in the fresh West Country air, it’ll do us good!” – it didn’t. I’d forgotten exactly how hilly Bath is. We arrive sweaty, dishevelled and so out of breath, we’re unable to give our name at the front desk. Fortunately, the kind receptionist noticed our error and led us straight to the bar where she poured us 2 large glasses of water.
The Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel is a collaboration between Coast & Country Hotels and Country Living magazine, with an aim to combine the bustling city of Bath with rural country charm. The honey-coloured 18th century building is nothing but inviting, with its beautiful two-tiered garden, and wellies for guests to borrow in the doorway. Our Country Superior room was both comfortable and modern, while still maintaining that ‘country cottage’ feel due to a duck motif. The colour scheme was cosy but stylish, and thoughtful touches such as fresh towelling robes in your wardrobe made for an extra special experience. And of course the upside of being at the top of the hill was our balcony boasted magnificent views over Bath.
Before I could even make a cup of tea, my sister was tucked up in bed, with the lambswool blanket pulled right up to her chin. Clearly the prosecco had affected her more than me, but I was more than happy to relax on the sofa with a fresh Twining’s tea and a copy of the latest Country Living magazine.
After venturing into Bath for the afternoon, we returned absolutely exhausted and ready to clamber straight into our Hypnos bed. We slept like a dream and would’ve slept right through if it weren’t for the fact we were off to the Thermae Bath Spa to experience the aromatherapy steam rooms.
You know you’ve stumbled across a great hotel breakfast when everything looks so inviting, you don’t know what to have. The room itself was reminiscent of a Jane Austen parlour that one would use to ‘take tea’, and the display of pastries, fruit and cereals was magnificent. I opted for a classic, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs from the breakfast menu.
With its hilltop position, rural charm and attentive staff, the Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel is the perfect choice for a weekend away in historic Bath. As we stroll down the hill relaxed and well-rested after our one night stay, an uneven paving slab throws up a load of muddy water over my pristine white trainers. I knew I should’ve borrowed some wellies.
*This stay was complimentary for the purpose of review. See disclaimer for more details.