A winter escape at 5* Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
A luxury night stay in a Georgian stately home in Bath
One has been dreaming of owning a stately home since her teens. During a city break in Bath, I got to experience a little of what that would be like.
With Bath in Somerset being accredited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an abundance of lush countryside, rich medieval history, honey-toned Georgian architecture and a natural hot spring. Bath is undoubtedly one of Britain’s must-visit destinations to enjoy an overnight stay in a historical building with acres of landscaped grounds to admire.
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My visit to Bath took place in Mid-January courtesy of LateRooms who provided our hotel and travel for the trip. We were booked in for a one-night stay at the five-star Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel . It’s conveniently located within walking distance of all the best things to see and do in the city centre of Bath.
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is a 19th century Georgian stately home, with 131 rooms, 7 acres of lush green gardens and a sweeping driveway. If you’re visiting by train or coach than the station is 1 mile away, otherwise, parking is available at £15 a day.
The hotel is home to Vellore an award-winning restaurant and a spa equipped with an indoor pool, gym, outside hydro pool, whirlpool and Thermal Suite.
We walked into the grand reception area for a 3.30pm check-in and paid a £75 deposit for the room (£74 will be refunded, £1 goes to charity), we were then able to collect the cards to our Classic Double Room. The friendly concierge directed us on where to go, on our way we walked past elegant rooms with cosy seating, fireplaces and neatly stacked bookcases. As well as a long narrow walkway with views looking out to the stunning grounds followed by a large winding staircase with oil paintings of people who I assume are of significance to this beautiful Georgian home.
As I swiped into the room I was greeted with high ceilings, a chandelier, large window views looking out to some lovely townhouses in the distance and a king size bed with crushed velvet bedding. There were two bottles of complimentary water, luxurious Elemis toiletries in the en-suite bathroom and a variety of tea, coffees and hot chocolates next to the kettle.
The room had all the essential facilities such as a safety deposit box, ironing board with iron, hairdryer, air-conditioning, two white robes with slippers, a telephone, a large TV and plenty of wardrobe space.
Besides from the comfortable bed and high ceilings, I loved the cosy seating near the window where I got to read a magazine with my cuppa in the morning while looking out the window, it’s how I discovered that Sydney Gardens a place I wanted to visit was across the road from the hotel.
As I was getting ready for bed while watching TV, I also discovered that the sound of the TV plays into the bathroom, which was ideal so that I didn’t miss out on Friday night Corrie! Having plenty of mirrors with good lighting in the bathroom and one full-length mirror in the room’s hallway was handy, as well as the choice of having a shower or bath that evening.
My only complaint with the room was that I was shivering from how cold it was, as there was a draft coming in from under the door and a little from the windows, so I had to put a towel under the door to help despite having the heating on. But then again, the day I visited was named the coldest day of the year and it is an old stately home. I did manage to warm up during the night, so I was able to take the dressing gown off that I had slept in. With that being said I did have a great night sleep, I didn’t hear a sound.
I went to bed early after a productive day exploring Bath's popular tourtist attractions. So I woke up feeling refreshed and headed straight down for breakfast at 7 am to find that I was the first one to be greeted into the lavish former ballroom.
It was table service for hot food and drinks, so I had the vegetarian option made up of a slice of toast, a small pot of baked beans, one mushroom, tomato and a vegetable sausage. To accompany this, I stocked up on the continental buffet selection by indulging in a far too many pastries dipped in Nutella.
After checking out at 11 am, I visited the spa for an hour before leaving to do more sightseeing. My favourite part of the spa was the warm outdoor pool it was relaxing during the winter so I imagine its even better during the summer so that you can take advantage of the comfy lounges outside. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get any photos, as it didn’t feel right to get my camera out as it was busy with a few children around. Overall, I enjoyed my first ever stately hotel experience. I especially would have loved to have visited back in the day, I’m intrigued to know the buildings history.
Before visiting this gorgeous historic city why not read my Bath city break guide to find out the 21 best things to do in Bath so that you can plan your trip. To see more photos browse my Facebook album or to watch videos including a mini room tour see my Instagram stories .
Disclaimer: Laterooms provided the hotel stay and train travel to Bath. All photos and words are my own.