Homewood Hotel and Spa is just a short 10-minute ride from the centre of Bath. The hotel has Georgian-inspired architecture and attractive surrounding gardens and parkland. We were lucky enough to get the chance to stay there and here’s the way we got on:
Homewood Hotel and Spa Review: What to Expect
After battling the traffic during our drive up from London, we parked in the large carpark in the grounds from the hotel. We walked into the reception and were greeted by Sophie, the charming and welcoming receptionist. She demonstrated up to our room which was Deluxe Classic and we were amazed. The room was huge coupled with high bay windows overlooking the gardens. We may even see the helicopter nestling on the lawn of the home next door along in the hotel – very glamorous!
Homewood Hotel and Spa Review: The Accommodation
We were built with a huge king-sized bed, a snug sofa designed for lounging on and enjoying the views in the window, a sizable LCD Television, Art Deco style wardrobes along with a huge modern chandelier. In the cupboard, we found a glass jar with a few freshly baked chocolate cookies which we scoffed greedily. There seemed to be a really sophisticated-looking coffee maker, a kettle, fresh milk and standard water. The room had a pair of fluffy dressing gowns and slippers and the curtains were impressive floor to ceiling blackout drapes.
The bathroom was very luxurious. It had a rolltop bath along with a separate walk-in shower with smart toiletries and good shower pressure. The star feature of the bedroom, apart from the actual bed, was without question the Dyson hairdryer that was fantastic for perfecting the pre-dinner blow-dry.
Homewood Hotel and Spa Review: The Facilities
The purpose-built spa is at the back of the building, therefore we walked via a trellised archway and past the open-air pool to get at it. Although we didn't actually make use of the spa, it looked very enticing. There were lounging chairs, saunas and steam room, a welcoming outdoor hot tub and a lot of treatments that you could book in advance.
Homewood Hotel and Spa Review: The Food
The restaurant at Homewood Hotel and Spa is contemporary with modern-looking chandeliers, marble dining tables and monochrome prints on the wall. We were served three types of home-made bread on a marble slab when we sat down. I tried home-cured gravadlax to begin, served with Crème Fraiche and rye bread – authentically Swedish! My lady had the burrata and heritage tomatoes. It had been simple but delicious and served with a delicate pesto dressing.
It would be a Sunday night and that we both went for the roast and what a treat it had been! Tender slivers of delicious roast beef cooked to order, a hearty Yorkshire pudding, roasted parsnips and carrots and a light jus gravy. For pudding, I'd a fragile mille-feuille with honey ice cream and my lady had the sticky toffee pudding with ice cream.
After dinner, we snuck into the drawing-room coupled with coffee through the open fire. The drawing-room was very ‘olde world’ with a lot of prints in the 1950s from the Royal Family. It felt like having an episode from the Crown!
The next morning, following a wonderful sleep, we were still pretty full from dinner but we still managed to scoff our breakfasts with gusto. We'd bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, field mushrooms and toast all cooked to order and delicious. There was also a first-class buffet with fresh fruits, yoghurts, juice and cured meats and juices.
Homewood Hotel and Spa Review: Our Verdict
Homewood Hotel and Spa is a perfect mini-break. Luxurious but never formal or stuffy, it's spacious and wonderfully comfortable rooms. Your accommodation combines an awesome, eclectic mix of contemporary to create a stay that is truly special and unique. In the middle of Bath, it’s a prime destination to restful spa break and I would return inside a heartbeat.