We were invited for an overnight stay at the hotel in partnership with Handpicked Hotels, all views here are of course my own!
If you’re heading to the city of Bath soon and want to live out your Bridgerton style fantasy at one of the more luxurious hotels, the Bailbrook House hotel may just be for you!
History of the Hotel
Set on the outskirts of Bath, the Bailbrook House hotel was previously a private residence for which building work was started in the 1700s.
Due to various intervening wars, the completion of this grand residence wasn’t until the 19th century. Over the years, it was inhabited by many wealthy characters for which a number of the rooms are named after (but more on that below).
In the 1970’s, an extension was built and the building became used for various things, one of which being a college for air traffic controllers – quite a diverse use case when compared to the above!
The house was purchased as a hotel in 2012, where it was completely refurbished and stands as you see it today.
The bedrooms in the main mansion house are named after previous residents or notable characters from Bath’s history.
We stayed in the Lady Isabella King suite which featured an absolutely massive bed and the grandest bathroom I’ve ever seen!
Lady Isabella King was a philanthropist who provided assistance to those in need through charitable enterprise. Once a tenant at Bailbrook house, her work was notable in helping street beggars to ‘save the innocent and the unprotected from the dangers attendant on idleness and poverty.’
Now this room, this amazingly spacious room, housed not only a bedroom but also a separate bathroom and walk in dresser. I can honestly say it’s the nicest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in!
You can find out more details about our room here.
Top tip – if you can, try and get a room in the mansion house. Our breakfast was served in the other section of the hotel which definitely didn’t give the same grand vibe as the main building.
Dining at the Cloisters Restaurant
We were treated to a 3 course dinner and a bottle of wine at the hotels own restaurant.
Located downstairs and filled with charming bath stone archways, the restaurant presented a wonderful cosy atmosphere. We were very well looked after by the staff and thorough enjoyed a romantic evening dining by candlelight!
The menu, created by Head Chef Michael Ball, is an ever changing mix of British dining dependent on what’s locally available and seasonal.
The restaurant was quiet during our visit, which I did find surprising for a Saturday night! However given the hotel’s proximity to Bath I imagine most guests were out on the town for the evening. Still, if you find yourself looking for a place to eat, do consider staying in and dining here!
The hotel itself feels like its in the midst of the english countryside, when in reality it’s just on the outskirts of Bath.
We did walk here from the city centre. Although this took around 40 minutes it’s definitely doable and is along a very flat route.
Should you not wish to brave the walk, Bailbrook House is well connected near a main road and a bus will have you in the centre in 20 minutes.
Given it’s on the outskirts, it means that one of my favourite viewpoints over Bath is nearby. The subject of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Solsbury Hill’ is just a short walk away. A brief (but admittedly quite steep) climb to the top will have you on the top of the hill with 360 views over Bath and the surrounding countryside – give it a go!
All in all I would wholeheartedly recommend staying at the Bailbrook if you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Bath. If you’re able to, go for a room in the mansion house and feel like a queen for the night!
Bailbrook House is part of the Handpicked Hotels collection, which are a group of luxurious hotels up and down the country. Being part of such a highly regarded collection, you just know you’re in for a treat when booking.
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