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Macdonald Bath Spa, Bath
Set on a hillside a short walk from the centre of Bath, this large hotel offers a peaceful location, tucked away in delightful seven-acre grounds where you'll feel a world away from the bustling city centre, which lies a 15-minute walk southwest. The pleasant gardens are shaded by towering trees including a 250-year-old cedar of Lebanon; you'll also find a 19th century tufa grotto and temple, and two beehives home to 100,000 British bees. The hotel (a former private residence, then boys' school, and subsequently home for nursing staff) is housed in a delightful Georgian mansion with high ceilings and large windows. Interiors feel a little tired and could do with a heavy dose of TLC, however the spa is the main draw, complete with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, steam room, ice room and salt room.
This hotel has an enviable hillside location, with lovely views of Bath's honey-hued buildings.
The city centre of Bath is a 15 minute stroll away, with its abbey, Roman Baths and quaint shops and tea rooms.
By car: around 3 hours from London, 4 hours from Manchester and 35 minutes from Bristol. There is free parking onsite.
By train: London Paddington to Bath Spa station takes 1 hour 20 minutes. The station is a 25-minute walk away (or 7 minutes in a taxi). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel caters to a broad clientele, from families with children to retired couples seeking a quiet, tranquil spot. The delightful seven-acre grounds contain a 19th-century temple, tufa grotto, pretty fountain, 250-year-old cedar of Lebanon and two beehives home to 100,000 British bees.
Service & Facilities
The gorgeous 250-year-old Lebanon Cedar tree sits outside the main entrance to the hotel, its layered branches lending a touch of elegance to the grounds. Dogs are welcome in ground floor rooms, where beds and bowls are provided.
- Two swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 625 felt welcoming and comfortble, with steps leading down to a spacious bathroom. The Georgian mansion's huge windows allow for plenty of light to flood in.
Courtyard Double, Standard Double/ Twin, Deluxe Double/ Twin, Super Deluxe, Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with complimentary Elemis toiletries, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The attractive main terrace is a delightful spot to enjoy a pre- or post-prandial drink in the summer.
Vellore: modern British cuisine, dishes include venison fillet and sea bass with puy lentils. Open daily 6-10pm. Mains from £20.
Drawing Room: afternoon tea. Open daily 12-4pm. Tea from £30pp.
Colonnade Bar: drinks and cocktails