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Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire
This Jacobean country house hotel is set in idyllic grounds and is convenient for visiting both Bath and Bradford-on-Avon - which is within walking distance. It caters mainly to families, with thoughtful services that enable a stress-free break in the Wiltshire countryside. The atmosphere is very relaxed, so don't worry too much about dressing for dinner. The house has lots of historic features and doesn't lack character, though the furniture might be a little too "shabby-chic" in places for some. The hotel is loved by parents who take advantage of the creche, babysitting and the attractively-located Elemis spa. Children, meanwhile, love the age-appropriate games and activities, the fun-filled gardens, chickens and the outdoor heated pool in summer.
We love the hotel's peaceful yet convenient location; you can spend a day exploring the grounds and surrounding countryside, another visiting the market town and a third in Bath.
Set in 14 acres of grounds, the hotel offers all the peace of the countryside, with Bradford-on-Avon just 20 minutes' walk away.
By car: around 40 minutes from Bristol, 2 hours 30 minutes from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. There is free parking on site.
By train: there is a direct service from from Bristol Temple Meads to Braford-on-Avon, the journey takes 33 minutes, while from Bath Spa a train takes 39 minutes. The hotel is a 6-minute taxi ride from Bradford-on-Avon station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The grounds include an outdoor pool and a walled garden, plus there is an Elemis spa with a family-friendly indoor pool. The hotel is cleverly designed to meet the needs of families and to offer parents the relaxing break that they sometimes desperately need.
Service & Facilities
We love the scenery around the outdoor pool and the views of the walled garden from the spa pool. Many of the rooms accept dogs, check when booking. The area is filled with good country walks.
- Two pools
- Two restaurants
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
We love the hotel's visible history and the wide variety of room styles that should suit everyone. Our favourite room is the John Baskerville Suite, which has a sitting room and fireplace downstairs, plus 18th-century graffiti by way of Baskerville's name etched onto the window.
Small Double, Small Family Double, Classic Double, Family Double, Large Double, Interconnecting Family rooms; Family, John Baskerville, Large Family, Hayloft Two-Bedroom suites
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, TV, DVD player, free-to-borrow DVD library, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love that children are given a special early dinner sitting, freeing parents up for the evening. It is nice to know that no-one minds if they make a mess. Our favourite dish is the satisfying and flavoursome chargrilled steak with thick chips.
The Restaurant: 2 AA Rosettes, sophisticated fine dining, homegrown produce. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £21.50.
The Orangery: relaxed, family friendly, brasserie food. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £14.50.