After being locked up in lockdownville for an unspeakable amount of time, I started yearning some much needed R&R in a luxury hotel.
Not being 100% convinced about international travel during the trying times of covid 19, I jumped at the chance to review the charming Bailbrook House hotel, nestled away in a leafy corner of Bath.
Upon arriving, my girlfriend and I marvelled at the regal decor of this grade II listed property – it was clear the 10 million pound refurbishment had done an excellent job of revamping this historic building.
The incredibly welcoming front of house manager Warrwick gave us a quick temperature check after we had sanitised our hands, before taking us on a tour of the enchanting building we would call home for the night.
Comprised of both Bailbrook Court and Mansion House, this regal building features elegant touches of yesteryear with a pleasant contemporary feel.
Our suite for the night was the shamelessly decadent Lady Isabella King suite – more spacious than many London apartments and boasting what is quite simply The Bathroom of your Dreams.
Before dinner I soaked in the elegant roll top bath with a cold drink whilst watching an interview with Joan Collins on the bathroom’s sleek flat screen tv – what better way to prepare for a long awaited feast?
I swathed myself in one of the thick, fluffy robes provided and went to apply my makeup in the perfectly lit bathroom mirrors as I fantasised about the hefty steak awaiting me downstairs.
There have been many times I’ve ordered a steak in a restaurant only for it to arrive as more of a MISsteak, but the sirloin I ordered in the cozy confines of the hotel’s Cloister’s restaurant was truly perfect.
Served with thick cut chips, a large grilled portobello mushroom, vine cherry tomatoes and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, this dish was what I had been dreaming of my whole lockdown life.
My other half devoured her delightfully presented dish of roast Gressingham duck served elegantly alongside a wedge of confit potato, sliced courgettes and roasted heritage tomatoes.
Starters included an emerald green watercress soup and fluffy poached egg perched on smoked duck breast (we are duck lovers) and were truly exquisite.
We decided to have pudding delivered to our suite (it’s how we roll) which consisted of an enticing cheeseboard complete with chutney and grapes, and a silky strawberry panacotta served with homemade shortbread biscuits. This was naturally devoured in the bath, in Bath – where else?
After a blissful slumber on an insanely comfortable Hypnos Lansdowne cashmere mattress, swaddled in a cuddle-friendly natural feather and down duvet, we woke feeling refreshed and ready for a day of much needed sightseeing in the historic city centre.
The South of France can wait…