Homewood Park Hotel, A Home From Home
In the fast-paced world that we live in, it's more important than ever to slow down and make time for yourself. So, my boyfriend and I left the hustle and bustle of London recently to head to the West Country, in search of the perfect place to escape for a relaxing weekend away.
Situated in the idyllic Bath countryside and a short drive from Bath City Centre, Homewood Park Hotel is a beautiful, welcoming Georgian country house with a spa surrounded by acres of award-winning gardens, boasting an attractive and peaceful sanctuary for guests.
Arriving slightly later than anticipated and stressed from motorway traffic, we strolled up the charming driveway - instantly feeling comforted by the country air. We entered the characteristic hallway and were greeted by a lovely receptionist, who gave us information about our stay and showed us to our room. The main house's interior is elegant and chic, but remains true to its heritage with fanciful flourishes of character.
The bedroom, a junior suite, was impressive and immaculate with picturesque views of the countryside. Each of the 21 bedrooms and suites at Homewood Park have been individually designed, furnished and decorated to an exceptionally high standard. From the coordinating floral furnishings and the enormous king-sized bed to the stunning roll-top bath and huge walk-in rainforest shower, everything is spacious and sumptuously comfortable, designed with nothing but opulence in mind.
To make your stay even more special, the hotel can also accommodate those lovely amorous gestures; a rose on the pillow, handmade chocolates or a bottle of Taittinger Champagne. Simple arrange your request with a member of staff and your stay will be that extra bit sweeter.
Once settled, we headed down to the restaurant for dinner. Firstly, we were shown to a cozy bar area furnished in true countryman style to peruse the menu, giving us time to get acquainted with Homewood's signature cocktails. After ordering from the a la carte menu, we were ready to move into the restaurant - a contemporary space oozing grandeur with dark mahogany tables, velvet booths and decorative chandeliers. We took our seats and eagerly awaited for our food.
From the moment the homemade rosemary bread touched our lips, we were in foodie heaven! For starters, we ordered octopus carpaccio and ham hock with homemade black pudding. Both were divine, interesting and set the bar high for the next courses. For mains, we ordered Wiltshire venison and salt marsh lamb with sides of hand cut chips, sauté spinach and green beans. The meats were cooked to perfection and mouth-wateringly tender, with each component of the dish truly complementing the other. For the closing act, we opted for spiced roast pear oat crumble and carrot cake - and once again, we were not disappointed. Both desserts were flavoursome, indulgent and comforting - the perfect finish.
Dining at Homewood Park was immensely pleasurable. Each course was exquisite and perfectly executed, and every plate seemed to better its predecessor. Hats off to the chef! We must also mention the wonderful service from the waiting staff, who brought together the whole experience.
The following morning, we returned to the restaurant for breakfast. We were told to help ourselves to the lovely continental selection of cereal, pastries, juices and fruits until our hot breakfasts arrived. Being British, we opted for the Full English (what better way is there to start the day?) and enjoyed every mouthful.
Savouring our last few hours before checking out, we made our way to the spa. The modern space hosts an inviting hydrotherapy pool with underwater lounging areas, 2 treatment rooms offering a selection of luxury Elemis treatments for the mind, body and soul, a sauna and a moood-enhancing steam room studded with beautiful twinkling lights. Comfortable loungers line the outside of the room and there is also an outdoor heated pool for those who want to fully embrace the great outdoors. Small but perfectly formed, the spa is the ideal way to keep reality at bay.
Our stay at Homewood Park Hotel was blissful. A beautiful escape to the country.
Rooms available from £125 per night
Restaurant Prices £££ (but worth every penny!)
Homewood Park Hotel & Spa