Review: Homewood, Bath
England | October 26, 2021 | Hollie-Rae Brader
The property may be a grand Georgian country house, but it’s far from pretentious
Location: In the leafy outskirts of Bath, surrounded by swathes of greenery and under the big open skies of the gorgeous Somerset countryside. The property is a 15-minute drive from Bath train station.
First impressions: Homewood is definitely the home-from-home you’d expect given its name. It may be a grand Georgian country house, but it’s far from pretentious. Instead, it has a fun-filled, chilled vibe that’s perfect for a low-key luxury getaway. Homewood’s quirky decor is evident from the moment you arrive. The grounds feature pop-up igloos for private dining and you’ll spot a giant teddy and a life-size giraffe covered in fake grass around the lush lawns surrounding the main house. Inside, walls are adorned with dozens of clocks and antiques and homely soft furnishings can be found throughout.
The facts: Homewood is sister property to the highly regarded The Bird in Bath. The owners bought the former Homewood Park Hotel and reopened it in January 2020 following a revamp. There are 21 rooms and suites in the main house, some featuring private patios and hot tubs, plus 10 more in Mallingford Mews, the adjacent lodge. I stayed in a spacious Junior Suite, which had its own living room, a roll-top bath and views of the spa and pool area. The divine Olio restaurant serves modern British and Mediterranean cuisine. Everything is delicious, but I highly recommend the Devon crab starter and the spiced Cornish cod main course. The sun shone as we swam in the outdoor pool, but it can be enjoyed in all seasons as it is heated to a balmy 28 degrees year round. The property is ideal for families (I stayed with my two-month-old son) and pets are also welcome at a charge.
Explore: Armed with Homewood’s map of the best walking routes in the surrounding Avon Valley countryside, we strolled up and down (very!) hilly country lanes and visited some lovely local pubs. Recommend the nearby Inn at Freshford for lunch and a pint of cold Somerset cider. The charming city of Bath is only a short taxi ride away, with must-sees including the Roman Baths, former Benedictine monastery Bath Abbey and the Royal Crescent.
Wow: I’m still raving about the food months after my stay. Every meal was a treat! The staff were amazing too. They helped us settle in and made our first time travelling with a baby a breeze.
Book it: Nightly rates start from £245 on a B&B basis. Agents can book Homewood direct through the property or through Mr & Mrs Smith’s agent portal.
Hollie is editor of Aspire’s print and online products. She is responsible for the running of the club and ensuring the content produced and the events organised are relevant to the Aspire audience. She was previously deputy news editor and cruise writer for sister title Travel Weekly. She loves exploring new destinations and is gradually ticking new countries off her list. She most enjoys writing about cruise, South America and Japan. Before working in the travel industry she held news reporting roles at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star.