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Short keep: Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel, Bath, UK

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Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel isn’t just a resort, it’s a radical new idea, a way of life. Sat excessive on one in all Bath’s seven hills, the resort seems to be down on a UNESCO World Heritage City and over Somerset’s inexperienced hills and valleys.

“An escape from the ordinary” is the resort’s motto. Decor brings to life the fashion of Country Living, one in all Britain’s greatest promoting way of life magazines. There are instances when company really feel – as they’re enjoyable within the library, lounge or bar – that they’re a part of a rigorously curated journal shoot.

The welcome

Reception has grow to be a lounge with an enormous rural panorama backdrop that’s immediately soothing. The receptionist, sits at a big desk and company sit too in comfortable armchairs. The message is straightforward, “Relax. Take it easy.”

Set in to the peripheries of the desk, like a museum show case, are fragments of stone from Bath’s Roman Empire glory days, a reminder of the architectural riches this metropolis has to supply.

The room

Portions of this Grade 2 listed constructing date from the 18th century so it is a constructing of character with arches, balconies, curves, areas and vistas.

Decor within the rooms is country-chic with edgy up to date touches. Prints of a birds-nest, a sheaf of wheat and a brooding rural panorama carry the nation into town however a dark-grey slate characteristic wall is surprising.

Beds are welcoming with fluffy duvets and warming throws. Kettle, espresso maker and biscuits stand prepared for afternoon or early morning tea. A discretely wall-mounted massive flat-screen tv is a refined reminder of the 21st century.

Copies of Country Living journal are artfully positioned on a espresso desk. For many company their keep is as a lot an schooling in inside design as that “escape from the ordinary.”

The lavatory

In a constructing centuries previous, loos are sometimes irregularly formed and possibly a bit bigger than is normal in a resort. Amongst the brilliant lighting and mirrors, an announcement characteristic of monochrome tiling, that includes a spread of geometric designs, makes an influence.

Currently there may be beneficiant provision of HK toiletries however there may be discuss of a particular vary of Country Living toiletries. You can think about the floral scent in all probability accompanied by a barely decadent heady infusion …

Facilities

There’s a Regency steadiness to the structure of the restaurant, with its basic proportions and domed ceilings, that sits on the coronary heart of the resort. Beginning with cereals, fruits and juices – company choose from a country-kitchen themed buffet while they wait for his or her conventional English breakfast – or scrambled eggs with salmon or no matter their selection.

Dinner relies on the flavours of the West Country however the menu is ready to travel additional afield for cosmopolitan influences. For a starter, popcorn cockles mix beachside salt and vinegar flavours with scallop roe in addition to extra unique lime hollandaise. Another nod to the West Country’s conventional shoreline bounty is crispy whitebait with lemon and tartare sauce.

For a most important course, the poached sea trout and scallops borrow from Italy for the combined herb gnocchi however look to the Far East for the refined flavours of lemongrass butter. Great British hearty traditions will not be forgotten with prime British 28 day matured sirloin steak with wild mushrooms and triple cooked chips.

The robust West Country affect continues for dessert. Amongst the choices are rhubarb cheesecake, apple tarte tatin and a 5 counties cheeseboard.

Location

Just a brief stroll down hill – the resort is correct on a bus route for the return journey – takes you into Bath. There’s way more to town than it’s postcard sights of Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Regency Crescent. Visit Milsom Street for some inspirational inside designers and artists studios. Nor is artisanal purchasing alongside Walcott Street to be missed. For many company, as Bath is the gateway to the West Country, town is only the start of their explorations.

Other good touches

Spacious superbly adorned public areas make the resort a captivating place for mates to satisfy for a weekend or brief break.

Linger within the library or lounge to catch-up and chat over espresso, earlier than shifting via to welcoming sofas within the bar for one thing, presumably, a bit stronger.

Cost

Double-rooms, with breakfast, start from round £95 per evening.

The greatest bit

Just a simple stroll from the centre of historic Bath, one in all Britain’s most lovely cities, Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel’s snug magnificence suits in completely with its environment.

The remaining verdict

Bringing to life the pages of {a magazine} in a resort was a daring idea however from the variety of company reserving into the Lansdown Grove Hotel and its sister resort – Country Living St George in Harrogate – the transfer is undoubtedly a hit.

Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Country Living Lansdown Grove Hotel.