Review: Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel in Bath, Somerset
Possibly better known for the long-running magazine of the same name, or perhaps the many events staged all over the UK, or even for their range of interior products from sofas to paints, Country Living have now added another string to their belt with a couple of hotels.
I popped down to Bath last month for the launch of the Country Living Hotel, the first of its kind in the country (there is a second one now open in Harrogate) and I’m sure will be one of many more.
Originally the Lansdown Grove Hotel in Bath (the hotel itself dates back to 1770 and is one of the oldest in the city), the hotel underwent a huge refurbishment earlier this year with hands-on interior design input from the creative minds at Country Living. As a team they have come up with a design-led hotel that I think appeals to affordable luxury clientele looking for something quirky, cosy, and full of personality.
It’s the details that I enjoy the most when it comes to hotels. As you walk into the hotel you are greeted by a line of neatly arranged wellington boots and umbrellas (it was a tad inclement on the day we visited). Once inside the reception expands into a bright, colourful space that is both welcoming and setting the tone as something a little different for the hotel.
The hotel is larger than it looks, with the downstairs expanding out into nooks of lounges, a bar, restaurant, garden room, all with a unique interior style. Our favourite was the reading room / library. A dark, cosy space with an entire wall of book shelves, gorgeous knick-knacks, and a reading chair. The hotel feels like a maze of corridors and this totally adds to the characterful charm of the place.
The new look hotel has also relaunched with a renewed focus on food, something pretty high up on my list when it comes to choosing where to stay. The expansive restaurant is decorated in sumptuous greens, and I am told the new food menu is proving popular so far (I only had the chance to try the canapes on my visit, but I can attest that they were pretty darn tasty).
I had a chance to take a peek at a few of the bedrooms including their smaller standard room and one of the larger suites. Both are decorated to a high standard, with warm blues to add to that cosy vibe. The bathrooms are well-appointed, and I loved the cute details such as vintage style phones by the bed. The hotel is a period property so do expect slightly wonky floors and high ceilings.
Of course, Bath is a popular destination for tourists, often coming just for day trips. But as a bit of a fan of the city myself I do think it’s worth staying over. There are plenty of things to do in this charming city, and this really is a beautiful part of the country.
The hotel is situated about a 10-15 minute walk from the town centre, but it is located at the top of the hill (Bath has many hills, be warned) – great for stretching your legs, but maybe get a taxi if you’re carrying lots of bags. The great thing about a hotel at the top of a hill is, of course, the views. If you’re lucky enough to get one of the top floor rooms at the front of the hotel you get a view out over the city of Bath and to the hills beyond.
The Country Living Hotel in Bath is already proving to be popular in just the first few months of opening so I’d recommend booking ahead if you want to stay. My experience of the hotel is that you will experience a stunning and cosy hotel, with friendly staff, great food, and excellent location in one of the loveliest cities in the UK. This is countryside charm, modern luxury and chic travel.
Let me know if you pay them a visit!
COUNTRY LIVING LANSDOWN GROVE HOTEL
Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel, Lansdown Road, Bath, Somerset. BA1 5EH.