If you are looking for a luxurious country house break, or if you want to spend your holiday in the green countryside rather than the town, there is a good selection of countryside accommodation available around Bath. If you are a keen walker, you are likely to find interesting rambles on your doorstep, and if you are touring the area by car you will be glad to avoid returning every day to the one-way systems and queues in Bath.
Rudloe Hall Hotel ***
A three-star country house hotel with sauna, Jacuzzi, massages and fitness rooms – everything from four-poster beds to free broadband wireless internet access. A good option for those with cars who want to enjoy a comfortable and peaceful stay outside Corsham, near Bath, ideally-placed for exploring the countryside.
Lucknam Park Hotel *****
A grand Palladian mansion, Lucknam Park is an ideal place to enjoy a swanky country house weekend complete with antique furnishings, dress code at dinner and marble bathrooms. For those who don’t want to leave the premises, the luxury hotel offers activities and services including a health suite, spa treatments, swimming pool, tennis, croquet, outdoor trails and even a riding centre (extra charge). If you prefer to get out and about, the hotel is only a few miles from Bath.
Bailbrook House ****
A couple of miles from Bath is this eighteenth-century house, an extremely elegant place to stay with rooms in the restored manor house and in a modern development alongside. The hotel has pleasant green grounds.
Combe Grove Manor ****
This Georgian manor house is situated two miles from the centre of Bath, for travellers with cars who prefer the peace of the countryside. Set in 69 acres of private parkland, the hotel has panoramic views over green valleys. As well as two restaurants and all the services you’d expect of a four-star hotel, Combe Grove Manor also has a wide range of spa, health and sporting facilities.
Limpley Stoke Hotel ***
Traditional country house hotel in the village of Limpley Stoke just outside Bath, without the high prices of more flash ‘wellness retreats’. Countryside accommodation for people who like the countryside. The views and setting are lovely, although some rooms are on the small side.
Bailbrook Lodge ****
A popular choice, Bailbrook Lodge is situated on the edge of Bath, where guests can appreciate a green setting while still enjoying the liveliness of the city. The small, privately-run guest house has four-poster suites for an atmospheric stay.