I don’t know about you, but sometimes you just need to have a break from the routine of everyday life.
Normally I would choose a city break – even a one-night stay in the city can be a welcomed time-out (although it still always ends up pretty busy)! But, over the weekend I went against my instincts and decided I needed some peace and quiet, which led me to book the Combe Grove Manor Hotel & Spa in Bath.
There were mixed reviews about the hotel – some saying it was a luxury getaway and others saying it was a little rough around the edges.
But for me, the outdoor and indoor pool sold it, and it just so happened the weekend’s weather was sunny and warm! As usual, I always check out hotels and restaurants on Instagram… I just feel you get more of a true representation of what it’s like from people’s posts (I’m not sure if this is a millennial thing, or whether everyone does it)… anyway, I decided it was the one.
When we arrived at the hotel, we drove through its impressive entrance… I already had a feeling we were about to see something special, and once we’d arrived at the hotel reception, it was confirmed.
I mean… how beautiful?
You get the best view through the front door as you walk to reception, straight through the passageway to the back door, and look out to the scenery (which is incredible).
Trust me – the photo does not do this justice.
Our room wasn’t ready (we did arrive 2 hours early to make the most of the day), but the very welcoming receptionist said we could use the spa facilities or go for some food and drinks and it would be ready.
They also had a gym, and you could join onto any of the fitness classes which ranged from outdoor walking and yoga to spin and HIIT. We had all intentions of doing something fitness related, but we didn’t end up doing it (hehe).
So, we headed to the indoor pool…
It was very quiet with only us and another couple – just what I needed. The whole room had a relaxing vibe with a view of the countryside through the huge windows at the back and lounge chairs that set the room off perfectly.
There was a sauna and a separate section too, that was sort of a hot tub with lie down beds (strange but cool nevertheless).
Chilled vibes all around…
After this we went to grab some food and drink. The weather was nice and so I suggested (of course I did) a bottle of white wine with a light lunch.
The dinner menu was simple, but exactly what I wanted. We had coronation chicken ciabatta rolls that were TDF with sauvignon blanc overlooking the grounds.
The prices were good too – £6.50 for the rolls and £22.00 for the bottle of wine which we thought was reasonable considering the location.
Because, why not?
Once our room was ready, we headed to our junior suite that had the most amazing bed, a double sink situation (which we’ve now decided we need in our lives) and a separate area with a sofa, which after some wine I was obliged to take a picture on…
I need this sofa in my house. ASAP.
The clouds that were around when we’d arrived had now completely dispersed and it was hot hot, so we headed to the outdoor pool. For me, this is definitely a unique selling point of the Manor, I mean where else in Britain (really) can you chill in complete tranquility with views for days, and it only be 50 minutes from where you live… win-win.
We stayed here for hours and hours, and were the last people there, until one of the staff members came and told us the pool had closed… we still didn’t want to leave!
Having too much fun…
We then headed back to our suite and ordered a pizza to the room from a nearby pizza-house because we didn’t fancy anything too fancy, although the evening menu looked great and not too expensive at 3 courses for £28.50.
Ok, I lied. We actually ordered 2 pizzas, mozzarella dippers and curly fries (because who doesn’t over order every-single-time?). The goats cheese and caramelised onion pizza was INSANE and I need it in my life again ASAP.
We took our iPad and watched Stranger Things for a Netflix and chill vibe as we knew we didn’t fancy a night out (this is a rarity).
The next day, we woke up at 6.30am and made the most of the whole day. Breakfast was amazing and a whole range of food from cooked breakfast to cereal and homemade pastries. We again had a stunning view.
What better way to start a Sunday morning?
This was the cute section – I had a full English… obviously!
We did have a cider by the pool… £13.00 for 2 was a LIL pricey, but I suppose they were locally crafted.
After this, we went to Thermae Bath Spa, which was the perfect way to end our lovely weekend and top off a fantastic Sunday.
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and we enjoyed every second there – I’d definitely recommend heading here if you’re ever in bath.
It’s £40 p/p for 2 hours, but so worth it. Relaxing on the top floor with the views over Bath with the bright blue sky, and even some hot air balloons going past was pretty special.
The other floors have different experiences. One has a lazy river – get. in.
The other has different saunas with scents, a room with stars and a video from NASA (very chilled) and a room where you scrub ice all over yourself (a little strange) but an experience, nevertheless.
We left feeling completely relaxed from our weekend and we’re awaiting another opportunity where we get to head to Bath!
Thermae Bath Spa rooftop pool – ah.ma.zing.