A Weekend at Widbrook Grange
Disclosure: we received a complimentary stay (dinner, bed and breakfast - at the exception of wine) to review Widbrook Grange on le blog and social media. All opinions are our own.
Postcode (location): BA15 1UH
Combining English countryside, fantastic food and pretty sights, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds have grown on us in the past few years. The area is perfect for a weekend getaway from London, as it's only a couple of hours drive (or train ride) from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
Located on the outskirts of historic Bradford-On-Avon, 100 miles West of London and not too far from Bath, Widbrook Grange was originally constructed as a Georgian model farm in 1734. Now a Grade II listed boutique hotel, the relaxing farmhouse retreat offers 19 newly-renovated, stylish rooms, some of which are dedicated to travellers with dogs, and 11 acres of gardens.
The main building is home to the reception (complete with a shop featuring local produce and gifts), conservatory, restaurant, gin bar, as well as a few cosy nooks and crannies with fireplaces and bedrooms upstairs.
Whilst dogs are not allowed in the main restaurant room and the upstairs bedrooms (not everyone, after all, enjoys their company and some are allergic), all other parts of the building welcome them warmly (as well as the staff).
Food with (and for) dogs are served in the gorgeous conservatory, or the lounges. The same menu as the restaurant is served, using fresh and local ingredients from local and independent suppliers, and the farmhouse's herb garden. Chef Sandor Szucs designed a menu where farmhouse cuisine meets gastro. Options are available for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diners, upon request.
Breakfast is composed of a cold buffet and cooked to order warm dishes - from the traditional English breakfast to grilled keeper or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.
Whilst we did not try it - afternoon tea is also served at Widbrook Grange, for humans and hounds (we will have to go back)!
Le Gin Bar & Chilling
There are many areas to relax, have a warm drink or a tipple in the farmhouse. Cosy armchairs and sofas, fireplaces... books and games...
The gin bar stocks 50 different gins and serves refreshing cocktails in the evening, perfect pre and post dinner.
A selection of cosy, classic and deluxe rooms, and junior suites are available to four legged guests and their humans, all with direct access to the gardens. All recently renovated, they offer rustic charm and comfort, with many pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, large bed, shabby chic furniture, a tea station, Bramley toiletries...
Ours was located in the stable block, featuring gorgeous exposed brick walls.
Le Surroundings (& Walkies)
Dogs are welcome in the garden, and there are plenty of countryside walks (some involving walking along a busy road so please be careful). .
Our favourite was the one along the canal to Bradford-on-Avon (about 30min), which has plenty to offer in terms of history and gastronomy. There we visited DogHouse - and immediately regretted to do so just before closing time. The pet shop (which provides the welcome boxes of Widbrook Grange) offers a selection of healthy treats and food, toys and accessories to boy (and a dogwash, but let's forget about this ;) ). It also serves drinks and cakes for both canine and human visitors - the puppicino is made of more easily digestible goats milk and topped with salmon flakes.
After a long walk, humans can dip into the indoor pool (or use the gym / book a pampering session).
A short drive from Widbrook Grange, the city of Bath and further away the iconic Cotswolds village of Castle Combe...
Le Dog at Widbrook Grange
- Up to 2 well-behaved dogs can stay in the dog-friendly rooms, no size restriction.
- A charge of £15 per dog, per night, includes a cosy dog bed, bowls (in the bedroom and conservatory), a welcome box (with treats and toys), treat jars, and servings of sausage for breakfast and dinner.
- We loved how clear it was where dog can go or not on the property and that dogs were encouraged to enjoy the surroundings of the property, with bins available for those number twos.
- The waiting staff was lovely with their furry guests, providing us with plenty of attention (too bad Maman and Papa were being careful with my portions).
- Doggy afternoon tea is served daily between 2-5pm. For £10.50 per pup, four-legged guests and visitors get a tennis ball to take home, choice of wet food, organic dog biscuits and a puppichino. A small bottle of Pawsecco can also be ordered. - In the reception area, the shop also offers items for dog to buy.
Thank you so much to everyone at Widbrook Grange for a fantastic stay, my only negative comment is that it was too short... like me ;)
Room prices start at £100 per night at Widbrook Grange.