HOMEWOOD PARK

Quintessential English country house minutes from Bath.

ENJOY A TASTE OF THE HIGH LIFE at Homewood Park. This luxurious country house sits in lush grounds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just ten minutes from Georgian Bath.

Glowing from a sleek top-to-bottom makeover, Homewood Park’s 19 bedrooms have been given a distinctly boutique-y edge with contemporary stripes and florals, gleaming up-to-the-minute bathrooms and expensive drapes. Warm neutrals are set off with accents of plum, apple green, chestnut brown and navy.

Plush but relaxed, Homewood Park is very much the quintessential English country house. You almost expect to hear the thwack of croquet balls on the lawn, or the ticking of grandfather clocks as you nibble on afternoon tea and scones. There are plenty of plump sofas to cosy up by the hearth – which we happily did with our post-dinner brandies.  Two contented resident cats add to that home-from-home feeling.



Hit the spot

Ten minutes from Georgian Bath.

Bedtime

Room 17 has a four poster bed and freestanding  rolltop bath for two. Room 20 (another junior suite) has a split-level bathroom with a rolltop.

Be savvy

Walk off dinner in the gardens, or in the nearby village of Freshford.

Be smitten
Highly affordable high life near Bath.

Sleek bedrooms


Many rooms come with super-kingsize or four poster beds (ours was so big I almost lost sight of my girlfriend) and rolltop baths for two. Our wide bay window overlooked the hotel’s award-winning gardens, and we loved the mix of bold feature wallpapers with classic furnishings. Cushions, quality throws and tall lamps add comfort and luxe, and rooms feel nicely private.  

Room 20 has a great split-level bathroom and rolltop bath, while 17 is a contemporary four poster room with a roll top bath in the centre of the bathroom made for double soaks. Two of the suites have French doors opening on to a private garden area, while the other – in the attic – has views over the heated outdoor pool.

Dining at Homewood Park’s light and airy restaurant – something of a destination its own right – is top-notch. Menus change with the seasons and you can expect top modern English cooking with Gallic influences from head chef Daniel Moon. The focus on fresh West country ingredients. 

Veggies are grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden, bread is baked daily and everything down to the petit fours is made on the spot. Everything from the canapes to the chef’s pre-starter went down a treat, and we loved the monkfish with haddock chowder and the wicked chocolate mousse.  

Looking over the lovely Limpley Stoke valley, Homewood Park is just the place to wind down. Its acres of flower-filled gardens regularly steal top prizes in the prestigious Bath in Bloom competition, and you're just ten minutes from the city centre.

Have a dip in the heated outdoor pool, or pick up a walking map from reception and explore the lanes and alleyways of nearby Freshford. Bath and its multitude of  attractions is almost around the corner.


Homewood Park was reviewed for Room for Romance by Adam Rifat
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Dining in
Look forward to modern British cooking with French influences:  sautéed Cornish scallops, braised pork belly, Wiltshire lamb, Somerset cheeses and truffles, pigeons and foie gras from France.

Dining out
For a change of scene, try the Stag Inn at Hinton Charterhouse. For smartest dining, it has to be the Dower House at the Royal Crescent in Bath or the Sorrel restaurant at Ston Easton Park.



Where?
Homewood Park restaurant

What’s cooking?
Braised belly of pork with apple and black pudding, followed by hazelnut truffles or more-ish chocolate mousse.

Top table?

Tables 4 and 22 are beside the window. In the summer, dine al fresco at the garden table by the fountain. 

See & Do

This is a great base from which to explore the big sights of Georgian Bath. Discover the Roman Baths, soak in the Thermae Spa’s rooftop pool, have tea at the Pump Room and take in an exhibition at the Museum of Costume.

Shop
Bath has plenty of little artisan and speciality shops – whether it’s aromatherapy oils from Culpeper or cheeses from Paxton and Whitfield.

Spa
A range of in-room aromatherapy and beauty treatments can be booked through reception.

After dark
Bath has plenty of nightlife – whether it’s a pre West End show at the Theatre Royal or a stand-up comic at Komedia. Late-night drinking haunts include Revolution and the Blue Rooms.

Dates
April
Launching on April Fool’s Day, Bath Comedy Festival takes a bow with some top stand-up acts.

May

Bath comes alive with jazz, classics and experimental genres at the annual Music Festival.

December

Get all shopped out for Christmas at the colourful  Bath Christmas Market.
GETTING THERE

Location

Abbey Lane, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath BA2 7TB

Parking
There is free guest parking.

Trains

Bath Spa station  – six miles. There is an excellent service from London Paddington.

Taxis
GBP 20 from Bath Spa station or GBP 45 from Bristol International Airport.

Airport
Bristol International – 24 miles. There is a helipad at the hotel.



Rooms and suites

19 rooms, including 6 suites

Special features

All rooms have flatscreen TVs with Freeview, DVD players, Vi-sprung mattresses, bathrobes and Culpeper toiletries. Some have four poster or super kingsize beds, a private garden area or bay windows with garden views.

Also…

There’s an outdoor hated pool, a croquet lawn and a tennis court minutes away.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Rates guide

GBP 125 – 365

Open/closed

Open all year

Check-in
14.30

Check-out
11.00

Minimum night stay?
No

Breakfast

Breakfast is served until 10am.

Room service

Available 24 hours.

Children

Welcome. High tea is available from 17.00, and no under 8’s are allowed in the restaurant after 19.00.

Pets
Dog are welcome at a charge of £15 per night. This includes a Doggy pack with a bed, brush, food and water bowls, blankets and doggy bags.

Air conditioning

No

Eco conscience

Homewood Park is taking part in an ongoing programme of carbon footprint reduction.

Wedding license?
Yes. Up to 150 wedding guests can be catered for.
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