Supplied with breakfast and armed with a hiking map graciously provided in every room, my guest and I set out for a long hike, on one of the many hiking trails that surround the hotel. There are walks of different lengths depending on your energy and the time you have available, but I highly recommend that you get lost a bit like we did as there is so much beauty to see here. The walks pass through the flowered villages of Freshford and Limpley Stoke and along tributaries of the River Avon, where a collection of pretty houseboats and houseboats dot the waterways. Keep an eye out for the adorable little water voles running around – they’re sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, just like they did for me.
Bath is only a 15 minute taxi ride from the hotel, so after soaking up the countryside scenery, head into the city to stroll through historic Georgian streets filled with a fantastic selection of shops, like Gaff or The Yellow Shop for some of the vintage treasures, as well as great restaurants, like Scallop Shell for seafood classics and Dan Moon at Gainsborough Restaurant.
Be sure to visit the Fashion Museum and take a stroll through the many beautifully maintained public gardens, including Sydney Gardens, one of the few 18th century pleasure gardens in the UK that Jane Austen , herself, used to visit. Not to mention the Roman Baths: although they are not open for swimming, you can taste the waters (or have a tea, if you prefer) in the Georgian pump room and bathe in the natural thermal waters of the Thermae Bath. Spa located nearby.
Subscribe now to get 3 issues of Tatler for just £ 1, plus free home delivery and free instant access to digital editions
More from Tatler