Widbrook Grange Hotel, Bradford on Avon
Those of you that follow me on instagram will know that I've recently become a fan of weekend jaunts away in the UK. There's nothing I enjoy more sometimes than leaving London, putting my foot down in the car and driving miles and miles away. I have a fair few trips in the pipeline (some a little further afield!) but for now, I'll take you back a couple of weeks ago when Mum and I made the trip to Wiltshire - a county that neither of us had ever visited before.
We were invited to spend the night at Widbrook Grange Hotel and coincidentally, it timed perfectly with a trip we had booked in the diary to Bath. And so, we set off West to the charming town of Bradford on Avon - well worth a little visit in its own right by the way, it's perfectly charming and quaint (I've included a few photos of the town at the end of this post since I didn't take enough for a full post).
Widbrook Grange Hotel is an original Georgian model farm which recently underwent a bit of a refurb (with some tweaks still being made whilst we were there) to be lovingly restored to its rustic roots with a modern touch, though many features like the vintage tractor, hay cart and milk churns still exist. The main house itself is pretty much how I'd like my dream country home to look like. A beautiful sandstone building with wisteria creeping up it, it's all sorts of picturesque perfection that looked glorious basking in some unexpected (but very welcomed) sunshine.
The hotel (though I feel the word 'hotel' is too sterile for Widbrook, I think what better suits it is a Luxury Boutique B&B) homes 19 individually designed rooms, some within the main house and others around the courtyard. We stayed in one of the converted barns with its beamed ceiling, exposed brick walls (which kept the rooms wonderfully cool) and under-floor heated bathrooms. Our entire stay was blissfully peaceful, only passing a few guests on a handful of occasions and staff were there if we needed them but at other times, we felt like we had the house to ourselves (meaning I was allowed to roam freely with the camera!)).
Feeding wise, Widbrook Grange has its own restaurant serving dinner however we decided to venture further afield (a whole 3 minute drive) to Bradford on Avon, booking ourselves into Timbrell's Yard for the evening, which I would really recommend - the food was supremely delicious!
The next morning I woke early and dragged myself from the comfort of my bed to the swimming pool (which was conveniently placed just next door to the room so hey, not that big a drag) for a quick dip. A few laps later, I scurried back to the room to get ready for breakfast. Served buffet style in the dining room, breakfast is worth getting up for for the photo-ops alone! Cereals, yogurts and dried fruits are served against a backdrop of botanical artwork - it was as though Widbrook had gone into my mind and re-created my ideal country kitchen look! You can also order the likes of fry-ups and eggs a la anything from the menu incase the buffet doesn't do the trick and help yourself to as much juice as you like (something I'm very guilty of doing - why have one juice when you can have three?)...
Full to the brim, we checked out (reluctantly) from Widbrook Grange having had a wonderfully relaxing and truly lovely stay. If you're thinking about exploring the West then Widbrook Grange is the ideal basecamp - there's so much within an easy driving distance. I've popped a few well-worthy recommendations below too.
Time for that road trip? I think so.
Widbrook Grange Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1UH
Places of nearby interest (and very easy to drive to from Widbrook Grange):
Lacock Abbey - Castle Combe - Bath - Bradford on Avon