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A weekend in Bath

I was going to split this into two posts and then I remembered that I personally quite enjoy reading people's trip/holiday posts where it's one long round-up of their trip.  It's nice to have a blog entry that you can enjoy with a cup of tea rather than eyeing a quick outfit and then clicking away isn't it? I hope you agree, and if so, get that kettle on now - this could be a long one.

Our original plan for this trip was to stay at a spa hotel over New Year's, but we found that every hotel we looked at charged so much extra for staying during that period the cost would be prohibitive.  So we decided to book a break a couple of weeks into the new year to give us something to look forward to.  It turned out to be perfect timing as I had quite a challenging week at work last week so by the time Friday rolled around I was crying out for some rest and relaxation.

Our trip away began on Friday lunchtime in Bath.  We checked into our hotel (Dorian House Hotel, about ten minutes walk from the centre of Bath) and started exploring.  First we had lunch in Sally Lunn's House, which is said to be the one of oldest houses in Bath, built in 1482.  It's home to the original 'Bath bun' which is a bit like a teacake.  The lunch there was pretty underwhelming but it's a bit of a tourist 'must visit' so we didn't dwell too long on our lacklustre croque monsieurs.  We had a general mooch around town, taking in all of the beautiful architecture (not to mention the blue skies!).

Dorian House Hotel - beautiful lobby
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
I allowed myself a little mosey around the shops and bought a bag and a shirt in the Urban Outfitters sale.  We didn't have too long however before we had to leave for our little evening treat, so we headed back to the hotel, packed swimwear and headed off to the Aqua Sana Spa in Longleat for our 'Twilight Spa Evening'.  

Aqua Sana spa
Aqua Sana Spa
We arrived around 4.30 and donned our robes and towels and started enjoying the extensive facilities and experiences.  My favourite was the pool in the centre of the spa, which is open air - so you can lie back in the heated pool and watch the steam rising to the sky and see the trees moving in the wind overhead.  Breathtaking.  The steam rooms were amazing and indescribably relaxing and there was also saunas, relaxation rooms and all manner of other ways to immerse yourself in total tranquility.  I had booked Tom and I a back, neck and shoulder massage (him) and a Decléor facial (for me) and they were also perfect, I had to stop myself from falling asleep during my facial! As part of the evening we then went into the restaurant (there's something very novel about eating dinner in a fluffy bathrobe!) and had an Antipasti platter and a glass of Prosecco each.  After more time in the Spa we headed back to our hotel some time later and slept like babies.

The next day we got up early for our hotel breakfast and went back into Bath.  I took my bag I'd bought the day before out for its first outing.  It's a Kate Sheridan mini satchel (not on the Urban Outfitters website but on her website here).  And yet another outing for my gorgeous Clarks boots from the Idealo Winter Boots challenge, which seem to go with everything!

Outfit post denim dress
dress: sheinside.com // satchel: urban outfitters, £20
boots: clarks via idealo* // cardigan: zara [old]

Tom and I were both eager to see the Roman Baths, which are obviously one of the most popular tourist spots in Bath.  The baths (a World Heritage Site) were built during the Roman occupation of Britain and are steeped in history, and have been modified and redeveloped on several occasions.  We went full tourist and nosed around with our audioguides, spending a couple of hours exploring the baths and seeing parts of the original site, which is mindblowing considering it was built over the years following 60-70 AD.  It was so fun walking around and imagining all of the things that went on there when it was in use in Roman times.  Here are some photos of The Great Bath.

Roman Baths

Roman Baths
Outift Post Roman Baths
Rosie and Tom at the Roman Baths

After we'd finished in the Baths we spent more time taking in Bath itself before deciding to head for a spot of lunch. We tried to go to The Cosy Club (on Steph's recommendation) but they had an hour wait for tables so instead we walked to Las Iguanas and had a very yummy lunch before heading back to the car.


By this time it was time to head to our second night's accomodation, Bishopstrow House Hotel in Warminster.  I'd been slightly worried about some negative reviews on Trip Advisor but boy did I not need to worry! Bishopstrow House is a beautiful country house that also has a spa and a wonderful restaurant.  Our room was divine, with a huge bed, a separate lounge area with a TV and the most gorgeous bathroom (and bath) I've ever seen.

Bishopstrow House Hotel


In the spirit of further rest and relaxation we donned our fluffy robes and slippers and headed down to the spa for swimming, steam rooms and a bubbly jacuzzi.  There was even an 'experience shower' with different settings including 'Caribbean Rainstorm' complete with strobe lightning effects and thunder sound effects (which Tom enjoyed until he was pelted with 'freezing rain').  We'd made a stop at Marks and Spencer's on the way to the hotel to stock up on fizz so we had some champagne cocktails before heading down for dinner.  Dinner outfit;

Outfit post Missguided Aldara dress
dress: missguided // cardigan: zara [old]
boots: boohoo £35
Dinner was amazing, I had a burger and triple cooked chips and Tom had venison sausages and mash.  We then retired to their drawing room with our drinks to sit by the fire and while away the rest of the evening.

Bishopstrow House Hotel Drawing Room

We were certainly sad to wave goodbye to the hotel the following day, I'd definitely return for a longer stay in the future.

Bishopstrow House Hotel exterior

After breakfast the following day we headed home, though stopping off for a nose around my favourite mini designer village, Kilver Court.  I bought a coat and some pajamas in Jack Wills before heading to their café for lunch.  After all the food we'd consumed that weekend I went for a light (and not very healthy!) lunch of Orchard Pig cider and treacle tart and ice cream.



After stocking up on yummy cheeses, bread and olives from their farm shop it was finally time to head home.  It was the most perfect weekend and I arrived home feeling very relaxed and happy.  I was glad this morning that I'd booked the day off as it means I have an extra day to finish unpacking and getting sorted before going back to work tomorrow.  If only ever weekend lasted four days and involved swimming under the stars eh?

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34 comments

  1. Your weekend sounds perfect! So lovely, and I love the look of the second hotel you stayed in. It looks divine! P.s you and Tom make such a cute couple. x

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  2. Wow what a lovely weekend! The spa sessions sound amazing and that second hotel looks incredible! I've been talking to my boyfriend about going to Bath for a little while now, and this post makes me want to get it booked soon. All that yummy food is definitely encouraging me too haha xx

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  3. Ok, I'll confess I did mainly look at the pictures but I did read some too and it looks like you had a great time. I especially like the look of the bath and the sound of the food!
    xx

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  4. Love this post. I really enjoy reading holiday/trip posts as you get an honest feel for the place and your pictures are great. Spa trips are the best!

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  5. Lovely pics, Bath is so pretty!

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  6. oh wow your weekend sounds absolutely incredible and totally relaxing! I am so jealous of all the spa you had in such a short time.

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  7. I dont live that far away from Bath and still havent been there. I really need to go! I love the brown boots you're wearing, where are they from? I'm sure you've mentioned it before ...
    lots of love from Blandford,
    Maria

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  8. Great post Rosie - I feel relaxed just reading about it! I've just moved from Bournemouth to Frome so you've given me some inspiration on things to do in the local area. I live 10 minutes from Longleat and didn't even know there is a spa there!!x

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  9. It's always nice to have something to look forward to after the festive period! I've never been to Bath, but I've always been told it's so lovely.. and judging by your pictures it sure does. I'm also not a big Missguided fan, but I want your dress (and seriously, you are looking super duper slim (you always were anyway!)
    Glad you both had a nice time (Tom is quite the dishy one isn't he?! ;)) xxx

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  10. Loved reading this! I'm tempted to book something similar for my husbands birthday in March! Xx

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  11. It looks like you had such a wonderful time - I'm originally from Bath so it's lovely to hear people enjoying their trip to my hometown - although your photos do make me homesick! x

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  12. This sounds bloody perfect! I LOVE bath! I also really like the idea of going to a spa during twilight hours, something special! When we went to Bath we stayed here http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186370-d215686-Reviews-Royal_Park_Guest_House-Bath_Somerset_England.html and it was SO nice! It was really personal and their breakfast was delicious! I've never stayed in a guest house before but this has definitely convinced me to consider it in future! xxxx

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  13. Wow this sounds like the most perfect weekend. My boyfriend and I stayed in the Cotswolds last May and we made a day trip to Bath and we both adored it - I'd love to stay there for longer. You definitely got all the best elements in, spa, dining and shopping.

    Hannah www.cagneyandlace.com

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  14. What a lovely post, so nice to read about what a lovely time you had! I haven't been to Bath since I was small but despite the torrential rain while we were there, I remember it being pretty wonderful! I must make it back there some time soon I think.
    Gorgeous photos of you guys and your room looks amazing!!

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  15. I would love to go to Bath! Glad you had such a lovely time, and hopefully it gave you the relaxation you needed! I'm hoping to book a little weekend away somewhere soon too, added Bath to my list!

    louisejoyb x

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  16. Looks like you had a lovely time. I've only ever had fleeting visits to Bath, usually on the way through to Bristol but it looks so beautiful and I'd love to check out the Roman baths.
    Glad you had so much fun
    x

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  17. Sounds perfect! We loved Bath when we visited. Also, how handsome is your bf! ;)

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  18. This all looks amazing! I think we should recreate this with the WAMK girls. I want to go to Bath now, such a gorgeous place xx

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  19. Aahhh what a lovely post! Me and my boy (also a Tom) went on a little break to Bath last year and I loved it, and also stocked up on Urban Outfitter sale items when I was there. Did you try the water in the Bath's from the little fountain thing? GROSS. The second place you stayed at looks amazing, the "freezing rain" bit sounds questionable/hilarious though!

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  20. I love Bath its such a beautiful city, I've been there so many times. If you do go again the actual spa in Bath city itself is quite nice and not too bad of a price either really. The boat ride along the river avon is nice as well to do, and going up Bath abbey as well. Lots of steps but the view itself is amazing from the top. The Roman Baths is one thing I havent actually done myself, and I'm so going to next time I go. Looks like you had a brilliant time!

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  21. I want to go to bath now. And you look SO grumpy in that picture of you in the pretty dress and boots haha xx

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  22. Love the photos! Loos like you had an amazing time, and ate loads of good food. I think it's a really good idea to plan a few nice things for January, gives you something to look forward to! xx

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  23. Gorgeous photos! My parents took me to Bath when I was in primary school and studying the Romans, I really fancy going back now! x

    janesjumbles.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Wow, the swimming under the stars bit sounds perfect. The hotels look amazing as well! I can't wait to visit Bath in February but it's probably still going to be a bit chilly!

    The food looks super yummy too :) xx

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  25. Hello dear, Your blog really awesome! Love it! <3
    Btw, wanna follow each other via GFC? Let me know ;)

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  26. looks like you had a great time x

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  27. Bath is such a stunning city :)
    I wish I could visit every single day just to drink tea and eat a load of cake.
    One day, one day....
    xox

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  28. It all looks so amazing and you look gorgeous!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  29. I used to live in Bath, this makes me miss it so much!!
    You look lovely, and the pictures are beautiful!

    Lana, xo
    http://fashionfake.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. I live in Bath but have never visited the Roman Baths. Thanks for reminding me that I HAVE to do this! x

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  31. Wow, this looks like such a good trip and so relaxing! Bath is somewhere I've never thought of visiting but it looks so beautiful - love the photo of the abbey

    Alice x
    rococ0.blogspot.com

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  32. Stunning pictures!!! Really love your blog :)

    Hungry Travel Style

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  33. Me and the boyfriend are going to Bath this month and staying at Dorians! really excited now. lovely post x

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  34. That sounds so amazing. That 'bath' place looks so amazing. Jealous.

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