Sometimes it’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of city life which is why my parents and I have just spent a fabulous weekend staying at the Widbrook Grange Hotel in Bradford on Avon.
Located just 15 minutes away we immediately felt relaxed approaching the hotel from the long drive – even spotting some baby rabbits along the way.
What was once a model farm has been converted into a boutique hotel with loads of quirky touches. I loved the vintage typewriter at reception.
Of course, I was welcomed like the VIP guest that I am and there was even a box of treats waiting in the room for me!
I didn’t know where to start – a walk around the 11 acre grounds, lunch at the pub down the road or seeing what was in my box – of course I wanted to open that first!
Well that’s my dinner sorted then – cottage pie for me! But first, let’s take this ball for a run around the grounds…
While I was out exploring I took a fancy to this quirky milk cart – how would you like your milk delivered by me in the mornings?! Beep beep…!
We popped out to The Boat House down the road for a leisurely lunch followed by a lovely sunny walk down the canal. You can even walk into Bradford on Avon via the canal in about 15-20 minutes and have a mooch around the historic market town – there’s plenty of little shops and cafes to pop into.
Back at the hotel and time to spruce up before dinner and drinks. I loved the locally sourced Bramley toiletries – especially the geranium, lavender and sweet orange bubble bath.
And now the best part of the day – gin o’clock! Tucked away in the main house is a cosy bar with over 50 different types of gin to try. What a find! Our bartender was so attentive going through some of the gins and recommendations – we tried the Bath Gin since we thought it was a must to try the local gin. Upon recommendation from our bartender we then tried a Monkey 47 with an orange and sage garnish and it’s safe to say that was a hit!
After sampling a couple of different gins it was time to go into dinner. Both the snug and the conservatory areas are dog friendly and since it was a lovely evening the staff made up a table for us in the conservatory.
Since we had quite a big lunch at the boathouse we decided to go straight into the mains although I was very tempted by the rabbit and local ham ballotine. We enjoyed the rustic bread and butter while we perused the menu, eventually settling for the lamb and steak dishes.
The rump of lamb melted in the mouth and was paired with a delicious black garlic polenta, vegetable concasse, asparagus and finished with a thyme jus.
The sirloin steak was cooked to perfection and came with some of the best hand cut chips I have come across. All washed down nicely with a bottle of Chenin Blanc.
The next morning we were up early to enjoy a cup of tea in the comfy bed – it would have been all too easy to stay there all day!
But breakfast was calling and it did not disappoint. Our table was already set up for us in the conservatory while the morning sun was drifting in so there were lots of lovely patches of sunlight for me to sit in!
For breakfast there was a choice of a full English breakfast or some other options like smoked salmon and scrambled egg – ingredients were also locally sourced where possible.
Of course I opted for the full English and particularly enjoyed the black pudding!
This, combined with a big pot of tea and some toast with marmalade, was the perfect start to our day.
Before checking out we decided to have a nice walk around the grounds – certainly worth doing not only for the scenery but to burn off some of the breakfast calories!
I liked the nod to the hotel’s heritage with quirky details like this vintage tractor and an old combine harvester – touches like this made the hotel unique and gave it a lot of character.
We absolutely loved staying here – and would definitely come back. Everyone was so lovely and the gin bar was a real hidden gem. We left feeling relaxed, happy and very, very full!
I think the mugs in the room sum up our stay perfectly!