Exploring the U.K has been something that I’ve been wanting to do since seeing more and more of the world. Hearing other travellers stories about their trips to the U.K is a wake up call that we do have some really beautiful and picturesque Counties, Cities, towns and villages right on our door step and with 2018 being a big adjustment for us financially (what with buying a house and all – I’ll be posting updates about the experience) we’ve decided to tuck our passports safely away for a little while and explore our little island of Britain.
Fortunately, I work as a Personal Trainer for a fabulous hotel group that have hotels all around Great Britain and a huge part of my staff benefits are cheap hotel stays. Handpicked Hotels are all manor houses or country houses of some kind and are located in beautiful parts of the country, last weekend we decided to visit Bailbrook House in Bath, Somerset.
Bath is historically known for being a Roman City and it’s Roman built baths so there is always plenty to see and learn amongst the views of the Bath Stone buildings and Georgian architecture – the most iconic building being The Royal Crescent. The Crescent is made up of 30 terraced houses and the central one is the luxurious Royal Crescent Hotel.
The best way to explore anywhere is to put on some comfortable shoes and wonder around aimlessly, and that’s exactly how we spent our weekend. Bath Abbey and The Roman Baths are a stone’s throw away from each other in the City centre, we walked straight into the Baths on a Friday evening but across the weekend people queued down the street in the scorching heat so that’s something to bare in mind for you historians!
Bath City centre itself reminded me a little of Brighton with its small, windy lanes filled with independent boutiques and shops but the outskirts of the City centre are lined with parks that sit on the river front. Ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of a Saturday/Rugby match day!
We ate dinner at Bailbrook House on our first night in Bath but on Saturday we ate at Acorn, a plant based fine dining restaurant. Basically, my idea of heaven. Acorn had the most creative menu and caters for both Vegetarians and Vegans – Martin actually had a 3 course vegan meal and LOVED it so if you’re up for trying something a little different and love exploring the tastes and textures of food then it’s definitely worth booking a visit.
There are heaps of places that you can visit in Bath including the Thermae Spa (which has a roof top pool!) The Prior Park Landscape Garden which is a part of the National Trust and there are loads of restaurants and bars that we just didn’t have the time to visit. Although for you fellow gin lovers out there there is The Canary Gin Bar! We didn’t plan a lot purposely because we didn’t want a rare weekend away to become hectic and tiring but it is worth planning ahead when citing Bath, whatever your itinerary plans may be because it’s not a City that you want to miss out on!
If you’ve visited Bath or have a recommendation for a U.K break then let me know in the comments below or over on my Instagram!