I have been eyeing the country house hotel for some time now. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle, Widbrook Grange is located in Bradford on Avon, a stone throw away from Bath.
Driving from Central London takes about 2 hours, most of it is on a motor way but that is not the exciting part. The exciting part is driving around the winding roads of the countryside. OK, I must add that I got the pleasure of doing this in a Morgan, so it added to the overall beauty of the experience. Widbrook Grange is slightly outside of the town centre (5min drive).
Entering through the gates of the state, already makes you forget the world outside. Endless greenery surround you on both sides, there are only bird songs left around and a gentle breeze. Once I got off the car, I just realised, I can only hear silence and pure peace. The front of the building is beautiful in any season but spring is when I think it makes the biggest visual impact – wrapped around in wisteria. The colours and the smell just reconfirm that you have now reached a zone of peace and quiet, where your body, mind and soul can be replenished.
The check in process was so warm and hearty, I felt like I was being welcomed back home by dear friends. I really appreciate this approach to check in, it makes such a lovely welcome and honestly warms my heart. Coming from the impersonal London life, there was nothing better than this genuinely warm welcome. The area for check in also has the cutest little details making the vibe super home-y again.
We had room number 4, on the first floor in the main house. However, we were also allowed to be nosey around the neighbouring rooms and I will take you on a quick journey round. Each room has a theme, number 4 is the Seamstress.
I am not a country side person by heart but honestly I fell in love with the area surrounding Widbrook Grange. They have doves who live on the grounds and they make a beautiful sight, we also saw many bunnies hopping around but unfortunately they were less excited to see us and ran away. Full of beautiful fields and gardens, there is something for every taste. There are different private areas where a guest can relax and unwind, have a cuppa, take a walk or just read in the sunshine. Me and my lovely friend Michelle (@crazycatladyldn), took 2 sun chairs in the garden and spent the afternoon fooling around, drinking a bottle of prosecco. We saw the sun set, Michelle climbed a tree, did some cartwheels and I showcased my bottle spinning bar tricks from back in the day. This is how private it is – there was nobody to look and make fun of our talents 😀 although the hotel was relatively full. I love this vibe. The one thing that gets me really frustrated in hotels is , when they are luxury, but have no space to allow their guests privacy. I think everyone’s busy lifestyles demands that bit of peace and quiet when away. So, thank you Widbrook Grange for being perfect when it came to understanding your guests’ needs.
The restaurant is located in the main building and it is a beautiful country house spot. The service is warm and friendly and the food is to die for. We had a few different bits and pieces for dinner, washed down with wine and cocktails. There is a gin bar right next to the restaurant where the lovely staff are experts at mixing your favourite martini – stirred or shaken, your choice.
OK, it is not like I am obsessed with food but boy I love a good hotel breakfast. One day I hope I can go and spend time just eating breakfasts in hotels and compare my experiences. Widbrook Grange will be high on my list. The beautiful interior mixed with morning light, created absolute perfection. There is a wide range of items to select from, but the home made granola jars were my absolute favourite and yes I might have ate 2.
Overall, I wanted this stay to keep on going forever but unfortunately I had to leave. I absolutely loved my experience, and would look forward to returning again soon.
For bookings please contact the property here.